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.