Innovation in Queensland firms: implications for the smart State

Weerawardena, J. (2003) Innovation in Queensland firms: implications for the smart State. Queensland Review, 10 1: 89-101.

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Author Weerawardena, J.
Title Innovation in Queensland firms: implications for the smart State
Journal name Queensland Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-8166
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 101
Total pages 13
Editor G. Sullivan Mort
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Abstract The challenges in the business environment are forcing Australian firms to be innovative in all their efforts to serve customers. Reflecting this need there have been several innovation policy statements both at Federal and State government level aimed at encouraging innovation in Australian industry. In particular, the innovation policy statement launched by the Queensland government in the year 2000 primarily intends building a Sman State through innovation. During the last few decades the Australian government policy on innovation has emphasized support for industry R&D. However industry stakeholders demand a more firm-focused policy of innovation. Government efforts in this direction have been hindered by a lack of a consistent body of knowledge on innovation at the firm level. In particular the Australian literature focusing on firm level antecedents of innovation is limited and fragmented. This study examines the role of learning capabilities in innovation and competitive advantage. Based on a survey of manufacturing firms in Queensland the study finds that both technological and non┬Ětechnological innovations lead to competitive advantage. The findings contribute to the theory competitive advantage and firm level antecedents of innovation. Implications for firm level innovation strategies and behaviour are discussed. In addition, the findings have important implications for Queensland government's current initiatives to build a Smart State through innovation.
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