Technological constraints to firm performance: The moderating effects of firm linkages and cooperation

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Kolade, O., Obembe, D and Salia, S (2018). Technological constraints to firm performance: The moderating effects of firm linkages and cooperation. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.
AuthorsKolade, O., Obembe, D and Salia, S
Abstract

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Manufacturing and services SMEs in Africa face challenges and constraints exacerbated by ineffectual government policies, environmental turbulence and the near absence of institutional support. The purpose of this paper is to investigate if informal linkages and formal cooperation are helping firms to overcome constraints to uptake of technological innovations in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach: The paper is based on quantitative data obtained from structured interviews of 631 Nigerian firms. These firms were selected using stratified random sampling from a total population of 18,906 manufacturing and services companies in the national database obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics. Findings: The result of the binary logistic regression indicates that while informal linkages appear to be insignificant, formal inter-firm cooperation is an effective moderator of barriers to technological innovations. Research limitations/implications: The paper focusses only on technological, rather than non-technological, innovations. Practical implications: The paper recommends that, in addition to other interventions to promote diffusion of technological innovations, governments should give priority to interventions that support formal cooperation among SMEs. Originality/value: Previous studies have generally looked at the impact of cooperative networks on firms’ innovation uptake. This paper provides original insights into the “how” of cooperative impact, specifically with respect to helping SMEs to overcome constraints. The paper also delineates formal cooperation from informal linkages.

Keywords1503 Business And Management; 1505 Marketing; Business & Management
Year2018
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1462-6004
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/JSBED-01-2018-0029
Publication dates
Print06 Jun 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Jul 2018
Accepted11 May 2018
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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