Small firm survival and innovation : an evolutionary approach

DOBSON, Stephen, BRESLIN, Dermot, SUCKLEY, Louise, BARTON, Rachel and RODRIGUEZ, Liliana (2013). Small firm survival and innovation : an evolutionary approach. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 14 (2), 69-80.

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This paper explores ‘evolution’ as a means of complementing our understanding and interpretation of creative innovation networks in small firms. The abstracted evolutionary mechanisms of variation, selection and retention (VSR) are employed to add a more dynamic interpretative framework to the reading of social networks and group structures. The paper thus presents a lens through which to appreciate creativity as an evolving and shared process. The principal aim of this research is to illustrate otherwise tacit informal relations within a small business through the application of a qualitative approach to social network analysis (SNA) and, in doing so, to present intra-firm relations as central to creativity and innovation – particularly as the organizational structure moves beyond the dominance of the founding entrepreneur.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Depositing User: Stephen Dobson
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 15:10
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 14:47

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