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Title: The influences on innovation in Central and Eastern European economies : evidence from Poland and Czech Republic
Author: Kelles-Krauz, Kazimierz
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 8649
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2019
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Innovation is a driving force for firm's improved financial, organisational and competitive performance. Thus, firms are increasingly interested in better understanding the environments in which they operate, enablers that enhance and challenges that hamper their innovative activities. As firms search for innovative ideas, entrepreneurs are faced with decisions related to access to finance, embedding in 'network of collaborating actors', while at the same time navigating challenges and utilising available enablers to enhance firm's innovative capabilities. In this thesis we explore these themes and investigate three concepts: 1) entrepreneur's choices to diversify firm's funding base; 2) firm's decisions to collaborate along its supply chain and 3) manager's awareness of enablers and challenges to innovation. The core of this thesis is built on three papers which each explores one of these concepts using unique survey data from Small and Medium Enterprises in Poland and Czech Republic. We adopt multivariate analysis and draw implications from managerial and policy perspective. From the findings, we build a link to finance supply and demand literature and add a novel factor (diversified funding base) to the literature on influences of innovation. We observe curvilinear relationship as firm over-diversifies its funding base and we assess its impact on innovation. In the second paper, we connect our study to supply chain literature and explore firm's decisions to embed into upstream or downstream associations. Our findings confirm dynamic relationships in supply chain relationships and we discuss impacts of over-engagement in certain associations. Finally, we recognise that entrepreneurial choices are influenced by manager's awareness of certain enablers and challenges to innovation. We investigate these in our final paper and discuss certain managerial and policy recommendations. The results of this study add to the literature on sources of innovation and include additional measures in which innovation can be enhanced or optimised.
Supervisor: Fairchild, Richard ; Tomlinson, Philip Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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