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Authors: 
Voeten, Jaap
de Haan, Job
de Groot, Gerard
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2009.53
Abstract: 
This 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.
Subjects: 
innovation
small enterprises
clusters
value chains
Vietnam
JEL: 
O31
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-232-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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