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Olsen, J, Lee, BC and Hodgkinson, A, Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: A Study of Businesses in New South Wales, Australia, Working Paper 06-04, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2006.


This paper examines the process of innovation within SMEs, focusing, in particular, on a sample of firms in New South Wales, Australia. The trend of the last several decades towards increased integration of global markets, or globalization, has meant that many firms are experiencing continuously increasing pressure to remain viable as their markets expand, and they begin competing with a larger number of firms. SMEs, in particular, are vulnerable to this pressure, since they tend to be disadvantaged relative to larger firms that generally have better access to funding and other resources. The ways in which SMEs operate to remain economically viable, and contribute to economic performance, is of especial interest to governments given the prominent roles that they play in most economies. One way of doing so is through innovation.