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Barriers to innovation activities as determinants of ongoing activities or abandoned

Filipe AP Duarte (Management and Economics Department, University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)
Maria Jose Madeira (University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)
Dulcineia Catarina Moura (University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)
Joao Carvalho (University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)
Jacinta Raquel Miguel Moreira (University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 4 September 2017




This paper aims to analyses barriers as a determinant of ongoing or abandoned innovation activities. The literature exploits barriers as the nature of innovation and its influence on firm’s. The main focus is the Portuguese SMEs and the impacts that act as barriers in the development of innovation activities.


The database was obtained through the Community Innovation Survey 2010 (CIS 2010) that was coordinated by EUROSTAT. In this sense, a logistic regression model is proposed, which makes it possible to analyse the relations between three or more variables, depending on whether the relationship is one of dependence or interdependence, thus allowing the application of distinct statistical techniques, using 6,160 firms


There are several sources of information that are associated with the development of innovation projects.

Practical implications

The importance of barriers to the development of innovation activities, as well as it being a decisive factor in the impediment to and abandon of the same, was noted.


This study also demonstrated that each case is different and that a barrier in one firm can at the same time be a window of opportunity for another firm.



Duarte, F.A., Madeira, M.J., Moura, D.C., Carvalho, J. and Moreira, J.R.M. (2017), "Barriers to innovation activities as determinants of ongoing activities or abandoned", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 244-264.



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