Sustaining Growth for Innovative New Enterprises
- Start date: 01 January 2012
- End date: 31 December 2013
This project probes the growth strategies of innovative small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). Our research focuses on emerging green goods industries that manufacture outputs which benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, with an international comparative element involving the UK, the US, and China.
The project investigates the contributions of strategy, resources and relationships to how innovative British, American, and Chinese SMEs achieve significant growth. The targeted technology-oriented green goods sectors are strategically important to environmental rebalancing and have significant potential (in the UK) for export growth. The research examines the diverse pathways to innovation and growth across different regions. We use a mix of methodologies, including analyses of structured and unstructured data on SME business and technology performance and strategies, case studies, and modelling. Novel approaches using web mining are pioneered to gain timely information about enterprise developmental pathways. Findings from the project will be used to inform management and policy development at enterprise, regional and national levels.
The project is led by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology, US; Beijing Institute of Technology, China, and Experian, UK.