The objective of the qualitative study of EIP-LIC is to identify relevant policy and research issues concerning innovation in manufacturing SMEs within contemporary realities in Kenya. The case study approach involves a series of case descriptions of a number of manufacturing SMEs. The approach and method involves interviews capturing original insights, views and perceptions of SME owners and managers.
The report is structured as follows. Chapter 2 discusses the approach and methodology of the qualitative case study. Chapter 3 provides a brief introduction to the manufacturing SME sector in Kenya. Chapter 4 presents the main empirical part of the study, detailing eight selected case studies out of the 15 interviewed companies. Chapter 5 compares and analyses the cases and concludes with a summary of patterns and trends with regard to research and policy issues of innovation and productivity growth in manufacturing SMEs in Kenya.
Voeten, J. Qualitative Exploration of Research and Policy Issues in Innovation in Manufacturing SMEs in Kenya. Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands (2015) 49 pp.