Title of paper

5.2. Enterprise Innovation in Developing Countries: Evidence from Ethiopia

Presenter's country

United States

Start Date

17-8-2018 3:30 PM

End Date

17-8-2018 4:30 PM

Location

1920 Sangren Hall

Submission type

Presentation

Abstract

Enterprise innovation has gained the interest of development policymakers and scholars as the bases for industrial development. This study comprehensively analyzes the determinants of enterprise innovation in Ethiopia. The study used enterprise survey data collected by the World Bank and a multivariate probit model (MVP) to analyze the determinants of enterprise innovation in Ethiopia. For this study, enterprises were grouped into four categories: all sized, large sized, medium-sized, and micro- or small-sized enterprises. It appears that engagement in research and development (R&D), on-the-job training, and website ownership significantly determined enterprise innovation.

This study, unlike previous studies, comprehensively analyzes determinants of innovation by considering enterprises in different sizes at the same time. This helps identify factors most relevant for enterprise innovation of all sizes which helps policymakers focus on strategy development. Based on the findings, further emphasis on the engagement of R&D would help enterprises become innovative in all categories. Furthermore, strengthening the availability of formal training and diversifying the type of training that is related to skills, knowledge, and techniques that help achieve the long-term objective of the enterprise are worth considering. Enterprises also need to subscribe to different sites that help increase learning and access information.

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5.2. Enterprise Innovation in Developing Countries: Evidence from Ethiopia

1920 Sangren Hall

Enterprise innovation has gained the interest of development policymakers and scholars as the bases for industrial development. This study comprehensively analyzes the determinants of enterprise innovation in Ethiopia. The study used enterprise survey data collected by the World Bank and a multivariate probit model (MVP) to analyze the determinants of enterprise innovation in Ethiopia. For this study, enterprises were grouped into four categories: all sized, large sized, medium-sized, and micro- or small-sized enterprises. It appears that engagement in research and development (R&D), on-the-job training, and website ownership significantly determined enterprise innovation.

This study, unlike previous studies, comprehensively analyzes determinants of innovation by considering enterprises in different sizes at the same time. This helps identify factors most relevant for enterprise innovation of all sizes which helps policymakers focus on strategy development. Based on the findings, further emphasis on the engagement of R&D would help enterprises become innovative in all categories. Furthermore, strengthening the availability of formal training and diversifying the type of training that is related to skills, knowledge, and techniques that help achieve the long-term objective of the enterprise are worth considering. Enterprises also need to subscribe to different sites that help increase learning and access information.