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Kobe University Monograph Series in Social Science Research

Innovation in Developing Countries

Lessons from Vietnam and Laos

Editors: Matsunaga, Nobuaki (Ed.)

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  • Evaluates the impact of various aspects of firms’ operations on product, process, and organizational innovations
  • Examines what determines innovation and its effects on firm performance of manufacturing SMEs in Vietnam and Laos
  • Summarizes innovation theories succinctly and precisely for understanding innovation in developing countries 
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The main focus of this book is innovation for developing countries: what is the innovation for, what are the current conditions of the innovation, and how to effectively innovate in developing economies. It contains the latest insights and analyses of innovation based on intensive interviews as well as primary and secondary data of manufacturing firms in developing countries, Vietnam and Laos in particular. Innovation requires something new. Integration of deep understanding of innovation and econometric analyses are a “new combination” in this book, which contrasts with other, similar books in the field. This new approach may benefit policy makers as well as scholars and firms in poor countries.

The main points of the book are summarized as follows: First, for most poor countries “learning innovation” is considered the key to economic growth rather than “leading-edge innovation”, which is a more popular theme in similar books on innovation. Second, an overwhelming majority of innovations currently used in poor countries are developed in advanced countries, so technology transfer and learning from the latter are a fundamental source of innovation in the former. Third, a surprisingly high rate of firms (around 50%) reported that they introduced new or significantly improved products or processes in poor countries, and this high innovation rate is a great benefit to be enhanced by government policies. Fourth, the common factors driving innovation of manufacturing firms in Vietnam and Laos are (1) human capital, (2) social capital, and (3) innovation in the past. Fifth, the impact of innovation on firm performance is found to be mixed in these countries. Sixth, so far almost all studies on innovation have focused on product or process innovation, but additional light is shed here on organizational innovation.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction to Innovation

    Matsunaga, Nobuaki

    Pages 1-22

  • Product and Process Innovation of Micro, Small and Medium Manufacturing Enterprises in Vietnam

    Pham, Trang Thi Thu (et al.)

    Pages 23-51

  • Entrepreneurial Human Capital, Innovation and Productivity in Small and Medium Manufacturing Enterprises in Vietnam

    Vixathep, Souksavanh (et al.)

    Pages 53-76

  • Organisational Innovation by Manufacturing SMEs in Vietnam

    Haraguchi, Kana

    Pages 77-98

  • Human Capital, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Micro and Small Businesses in Laos

    Vixathep, Souksavanh (et al.)

    Pages 99-121

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3525-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3524-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Innovation in Developing Countries
Book Subtitle
Lessons from Vietnam and Laos
Editors
  • Nobuaki Matsunaga
Series Title
Kobe University Monograph Series in Social Science Research
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3525-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3525-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-3524-2
Series ISSN
2524-504X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 129
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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