Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation


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ISBN Number: 9789264080317
Publication Date: June 2010
Pages: 212
Number of tables: 50
Number of graphs: 141

Welcome to the entrepreneurial economy: small firms are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation, driven by changes in technologies and markets.Whilst some spin-offs and high growth firms are having remarkable success, however, the broad bulk of small firms are not capitalising on their advantages.

This book explores how government policy can boost innovation by improving the environment for entrepreneurship and small firm development and increasing the innovative capacities of enterprises. Policy findings and recommendations are presented in three key areas: embedding firms in knowledge flows; developing entrepreneurship skills; and social entrepreneurship.  In addition, country notes present statistics and policy data on SMEs, entrepreneurship and innovation for 40 economies, including OECD countries, Brazil, China, Estonia, Indonesia, Israel, the Russian Federation, Slovenia and South Africa.

SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is part of the OECD Innovation Strategy, a comprehensive policy strategy to harness innovation for stronger and more sustainable growth and development, and to address the key global challenges of the 21st century. For more information about the OECD Innovation Strategy, see

 Table of contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1  Introduction
 What is new about innovation in the 21st Century?
 What is the role of SMEs and entrepreneurship in innovation?
 Policy implications
 Plan of the book

Chapter 2  SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: An Overview by Country
 All 30 OECD members plus accession and enlargement countries:  Brazil, Chile, China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Africa.

Chapter 3  Knowledge Flows

 How knowledge affects entrepreneurship
 The systemic approach to innovation
 The geographical clustering of knowledge-intensive activities
 The role of local knowledge flows for spatial agglomerations and local innovation systems
 The role of global knowledge flows for local innovation systems
 Conclusions and policy recommendations

Chapter 4  Entrepreneurship Skills
 The importance of entrepreneurship skills for SMEs and start-ups
 Skills for entrepreneurship
 How are entrepreneurship skills acquired?
 Local skills ecosystems
 Policy recommendations

Chapter 5  Social Entrepreneurship And Social Innovation
 Social entrepreneurship
 Social innovation
 Preliminary recommendations


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