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SMEs’ challenges and needs in relation to innovation agendas and strategies
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5706-4588
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0280-3160
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3080-1354
Centria Research & Development, Ylivieska.
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Number of Authors: 52016 (English)In: 1st International Symposium on Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (SIMS 2016: 21 – 24 June 2016, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Narvik, Norway, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2016, p. 13-7Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Regional research project are, as is also regional industry, highly need-based. That is, understanding the stakeholders' (or customers') real challenges and related needs is important. This study is based on interviews with SMEs in the Northern parts of Finland, Norway and Sweden, but also on available innovation agendas and strategies for each country. The differences among the companies in those regions bring forward distinct needs, while many experience similar challenges, for example low population density, long distances and a high dependency on basic industries. Innovation is identified as a key driver of regional growth and competitiveness. SMEs rarely employ the term innovation to describe their activities, but rather stress 'knowing the customer' as important. This indicates one of the challenges to implement innovation strategy as a driver for growth and competitiveness

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Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2016. p. 13-7
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Information Systems, Social aspects Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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Information systems; Product Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32514ISI: 000392289100002Local ID: 707fc6b9-b681-485e-9357-2cd789e42da5ISBN: 978-1-5090-3074-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-32514DiVA, id: diva2:1005748
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International Symposium on Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems : 21/06/2016 - 24/06/2016
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Innovations & Industrial Internet, Making Regional Manufacturing Globally Competitive and InnovativeAvailable from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-04-05Bibliographically approved

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