Sources of Innovation: The Case of Portuguese Consultancy Sector

  • Marisa Cesário Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro.
  • Silvia Fernandes Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve,Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro.
  • Bruno Jesus Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro.
  • José M. Barata Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG) University of Lisbon, Rua do Quelhas n.º 6, 1200-781 Lisbon.
Keywords: innovation, information sources, cooperation, consultancy, CHAID technique, profiles

Abstract

This study addresses the effects of external environments on types of innovation introduced by Portuguese consultancy firms (PCs) in computer, technical, and management areas. It distinguishes the most determinant factors for innovation regarding product, process, organization, and marketing. The assessment framework followed three steps: 1) evaluation of propensity to use external sources of information and cooperation with agents, 2) identification of factors used most often during innovation, and 3) derivation of profiles of firms under study. The method generated tree-based classification models that segmented the sample into innovative and non-innovative firms, and distinct profiles that emphasized specificities concerning use of external sources and agents for innovation.

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Author Biographies

Marisa Cesário, Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro.

Marisa Cesário holds a PhD in Economics and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve. She is a researcher at the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics. She teaches Microeconomics and Public Economics at undergraduate levels and Regional Economics and Industrial Development at master levels. She has published scientific material related to economic geography and economic specialization of regions.

Silvia Fernandes, Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve,Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro.

Silvia Fernandes is an Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve (Faculty of Economics). She holds a PhD in Information Economics. She is member of the CIEO (Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics) and a lecturer on Information Technology, Innovation Economics and Entrepreneurship in undergraduate and master courses. She has several publications in books, journals, and communications in national/international conferences. 

Bruno Jesus, Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro.
Bruno holds a master degree on enterprise management by the Faculty of Economics (University of Algarve). And he is currently financial manager at Previgarb, Portugal.
José M. Barata, Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG) University of Lisbon, Rua do Quelhas n.º 6, 1200-781 Lisbon.
José M. Barata is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Management (ISEG), University of Lisbon. He teaches microeconomics, applied statistics, economics of innovation, R&D management and industrial organization. Former vice president of ISEG. Graduate and Posrgraduate course coordinator of the Institute of Bank Management (APB) and ISEG/IDEFE.
Published
2015-10-24
How to Cite
Cesário, M., Fernandes, S., Jesus, B., & Barata, J. M. (2015). Sources of Innovation: The Case of Portuguese Consultancy Sector. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 10(3), 44-52. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242015000300005
Section
Research Articles