A feedback model combining individual and organizational determinants of small business innovation

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To cope with changes in society and in the economic system, innovation is an opportunity for small businesses to overcome their initial scarcity of resources. This paper seeks to theoretically explain the capability to innovate using three levels of analysis: (1) on the individual level, actions, action regulation and individual goal setting and their relevance within innovation processes are considered, (2) on the group level, the innovation process is modeled according to Farr (2002), and (3) on the organizational level, determinants and concepts, which link individual action and innovation processes, are discussed. In practice we think that especially facets of individual action and organizational feedback need to be considered carefully, to increase innovative potentials in small businesses and to encourage multilevel organizational learning. Then, small businesses create integrated knowledge of their own innovation processes as a foundation for systematically evaluating and optimizing innovation potentials.
Translated title of the contributionEin Feedbackmodell, das individuelle und organisationale Determinanten der Innovation in Kleinunternehmen verbindet
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDie Dynamik tiefgreifenden Wandels in Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Unternehmen : [Beiträge der sechsten CREPS Konferenz vom 26.- 27. November 2009 in der Leuphana-Universität Lüneburg]
EditorsSigrid Bekmeier-Feuerhahn, Albert Martin, Joachim Merz, Ursula Weisenfeld
Number of pages19
PublisherLIT Verlag
Publication date2011
ISBN (print)978-3-643-11261-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event6. CREPS Conference of Center for Research in Entrepreneurship, Professions and Small Business Economics - CREPS 2009: Die Dynamik tiefgreifenden Wandels in Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Unternehmen - Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany
Duration: 26.11.200927.11.2009
Conference number: 6