The Multiple Perception of Innovation: The Case of Micro and Small Enterprises in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

  • Charis Vlados
  • Dimos Chatzinikolaou

Abstract

This paper explores how innovation is perceived, on the one hand, by the scientific literature and, on the other, by the everyday practice of small and micro enterprises operating in the less developed socioeconomic system of the Greek region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Our aim is to find out whether there are different perceptions of innovation from two different “worlds”, the theoretical and the practical. For this, we conducted an introductory and qualitative field research on a sample of small and micro enterprises in the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. We found there is a notable distance in the perception of innovation between the scientific theory and the everyday practice of micro and small enterprises in this less developed region in Greece.


Research paper


Keywords: Innovation multiplicity; Innovation definitions; Micro and small enterprises; Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace


Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Vlados, C., & Chatzinikolaou, D. (2019). The multiple perception of innovation: the case of micro and small enterprises in the region of eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, 7(1), 17–41.

Published
Mar 17, 2019
How to Cite
VLADOS, Charis; CHATZINIKOLAOU, Dimos. The Multiple Perception of Innovation: The Case of Micro and Small Enterprises in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 17-41, mar. 2019. ISSN 2345-4695. Available at: <http://scientificia.com/index.php/JEBE/article/view/105>. Date accessed: 19 june 2019.
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