Getting the Tail to Wag: Developing innovations capability in SMEs

John Bessant, George Tsekouras, Howard Rush

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This paper reviews the concept of absorptive capacity and its relationship to innovation management capability. It explores four key questions concerning definition, dimensions, distribution and development of AC and presents a model framework for examining policy interventions aimed at enhancing it. ‘Broadcast’, ‘agent assisted’ and ‘peer-assisted’ modes are discussed with reference to examples drawn from case study and survey research across several sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCI Net 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventCI Net 2009 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceCI Net 2009
Period1/01/09 → …


  • Absorptive capacity
  • Innovation management
  • SMEs
  • Profitnet


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