Innovation studies and partnering/collaborative alliances are rapidly growing areas of interest. Originally combining the two areas, this book examines the role of business partnering as a pathway to innovation for small and medium enterprises – SMEs.
This text outlines global and regional trends, focusing in particular on the role of Poland and Eastern Europe as an emerging region for new innovative ideas, how innovation is promoted in the United States, and how it is facilitated in Japan. It assesses the reasons why American SMEs are significantly ahead of their European counterparts in the fields of research and development investment and innovation, and demonstrates how business partnering can assist in increasing research and development investment, profit, finding new suppliers and aiding growth. In addition, the book shows how business partners can cut the costs of doing research for innovation and analyzes the threat that poorly constructed and over-burdensome regulation and bureaucracy pose to innovation.
This book is a timely contribution to the literature on both innovation and business partnering in Japan, Europe and the United States.
Table of Contents
1. Innovation and Business Partnering for SME Companies - An Alternative to M&A 2. Global Innovation 3. Innovative Practices in Central Europe - Case Study Poland 4. SME Companies in Europe Can Overcome Regulatory Burdens 5. Innovation as the Essential Ingredient in American Business Growth and Survival 6. Networking and Equity Investment to Stimulate SME Company Growth in Europe and America 7. Cutting the Cost of Innovation R&D Through Business Partnering in Japan 8. Innovation Clustering through Partnering - A Success Story from Japan
Ruth Taplin is Director of the Centre for Japanese and East Asian Studies, London, which won Exporter of the Year in Partnership in Trading/Pathfinder for the UK in 2000. She received her doctorate from the London School of Economics and is the author/editor of twelve books and over 200 articles. She has been the editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics for eleven years. Currently she is a Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London and the University of Leicester. She was appointed Visiting Professor at the School of International Business and Management, University of Warsaw, Poland in January 2005.
'A new world order is nearly upon us and this book clearly explains and illustrates by case study the amount of catching up that countries like the UK are going to have to do with respect to the newly emerging world economies of China and India. I particularly liked the chapters on business partnering and start-up ventures in Japan, which gather together the latest information and research on how to do business with this part of the world, and also gives useful background to the country's economic situation and government policy.'- John Rowe, IET Engineering Management Feb/March 2007
'Takuma Kiso and Akio Nishizawa provide a wealth of material on Japanese innovation strategies which has not before appeared in English, making this book an excellent resource for those who want to understand more about the dynamics of Japanese innovation.' - JapanSociety
'This book provides a global perspective on key economic trends as well as offering some excellent comparative material on Japan. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of global innovation and business partnering.'- JapanSociety
"Innovation and Business Partnering in Japan, Europe and the United States is an impressive and highly readable book which offers new perspectives on internal growth in SMEs" - Sir David Brewer, Former Lord Mayor