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An integrated model of innovation drivers for smaller software firms
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Informationssystem, Information Systems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7858-9471
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2016 (English)In: Information & Management, ISSN 0378-7206, E-ISSN 1872-7530, Vol. 53, no 3, 307-323 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

High technology innovation is essential for economic development in industrialised societies.  Innovation practice in smaller software companies, however, has received little attention.  We derive software innovation drivers and outputs from a fragmented literature and analyse their empirical relevance using qualitative data from twenty-five in-depth interviews with software executives in the Silicon Fen.  Repeating patterns in the dataset revealed through content analysis show that the most important innovation drivers for smaller software firms are external knowledge, leadership and team process. Specialised innovation tools and techniques are hardly used.  We develop a model of software innovation drivers, together with explorative theoretical propositions.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 53, no 3, 307-323 p.
Keyword [en]
software, information system development, creativity, invention, innovation, management, small and medium size enterprises, knowledge leverage
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Information Systems Software Engineering Information Systems, Social aspects
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Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12133DOI: 10.1016/ 000374365200002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84984944701OAI: diva2:919249
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-09-13Bibliographically approved

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