The promotion of innovation in Low Income Countries (LICs) has recently appeared on the agenda of policy-makers and international development agencies. Many agree that innovation is crucial in these countries, because it is fundamental for growth in order to catch up with middle and high income economies (Chaminade et al., 2010). Current research, theory development and policy formulation to promote innovation, however, have mainly focused on innovation in the more advanced economies, whilst investigation of these issues in low income countries to date has been limited.
This report presents the findings of the qualitative exploration in Ghana. It is targeted at the DFID project researchers as well as the broader academic community with similar research interests in providing ideas or supporting them to identify and/or validate research questions and hypotheses. The report may also serve as reference material for reflecting and interpreting the outcomes of quantitative research in this area. In addition, it may provide useful bottom-up insights to policy makers within governmental agencies, firms and NGOs on innovation involving the entrepreneurs’ perspective. It is also targeted at SME owners and SME branch organisations, who will hopefully see their business, socio-economic and institutional context reality accurately reflected in the report.
Voeten, J. Qualitative Exploration of Research and Policy Issues in Innovation in Manufacturing SMEs in Ghana. Tilburg University, (2016) 55 pp.