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dc.contributor.authorVoeten, Jaapen_US
dc.contributor.authorde Haan, Joben_US
dc.contributor.authorde Groot, Gerarden_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper addresses the question whether innovation is within reach for small enterprises in developing economies by studying four cases of new technologies, products and business practices in traditional craft in Northern Vietnam. The paper starts with reviewing definitions of innovation since Schumpeter. It concludes that newness, value creation and process are time and again considered as the key-elements of innovation. Innovation, hence, may be summarized as the process of introducing something new that creates value. Subsequently, this theoretical definition is operationalized into an innovation assessment instrument and applied in the aforementioned cases. The instrument verified the occurrence of innovation in three out of four cases of small producers' clusters in Northern Vietnam.en_US
dc.publisherUNU-WIDER Helsinkien_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesResearch paper / UNU-WIDER 2009.53en_US
dc.subject.keywordsmall enterprisesen_US
dc.subject.keywordvalue chainsen_US
dc.subject.stwKlein- und Mittelunternehmenen_US
dc.subject.stwBetriebliche Wertschöpfungen_US
dc.titleIs that innovation? Assessing examples of revitalized economic dynamics among clusters of small producers in Northern Vietnamen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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