What Drives Innovation? Findings from Medium Sized Plastic firms in Chile


  • José O. Maldifassi Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Sede Viña del Mar, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
  • Patricio Crovetto Isapre Consalud, Santa Clara 354, Huechuraba, Santiago, Chile




Technological innovation, Chile, drivers, customers, competition, plastics


The research objective was to understand the main reasons that would impel firms to innovate. The firms analyzed in this study were medium-size firms of the plastic manufacturing sector in Chile. After the analysis of the theory related to technological innovation, a model of the drivers for technological innovation was developed and a set of hypotheses was proposed. A questionnaire was designed covering several factors that could influence the tendency of firms to engage in technological innovation activities. According to the data, the most influential factors that would encourage innovation in the set of firms studied are a high degree of competition in the industry, the availability of qualified workers, and a strategic relationship with customers.


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How to Cite

Maldifassi, J. O., & Crovetto, P. (2013). What Drives Innovation? Findings from Medium Sized Plastic firms in Chile. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 8(1), 35–43. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242013000100004



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