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Product and service innovation in Portugal: patterns and specificities

Vianey Oliveira Costa (NECE-UBI Research Centre, Department Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)
Raquel Rodrigues Rocha (NECE-UBI Research Centre, Department Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)
Maria Jose Madeira (NECE-UBI Research Centre, Department Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 3 July 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the innovative scenario in Portugal, assess the patterns of goods and service change in the past decade and evaluate several essential characteristics from innovation and its relevant aspects.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is a case study with secondary data obtained from the Community Innovation Survey (CIS) in which it is applied to the constant comparative method of data analysis proposed by Spiggle (1994).

Findings

The innovation of products and services in Portugal increased over the entire period analyzed although not linear, the financing programs contributed to the recovery and growth of innovation and small companies presented the most significant increase in product innovation.

Research limitations/implications

This investigation has limitations related to the data collected because the secondary data analyzed generalize the indicators and make it impossible to comprehend each aspect analyzed in this study in detail. This study also pointed out that Portuguese small- and medium-sized enterprises are more easily able to innovate in times of difficulty when compared to large companies. However, it is necessary to understand this phenomenon and present elements that can support or refute this discovery.

Practical implications

This paper offers a broad view of product and service innovation in Portugal for companies, entrepreneurs, universities and researchers, in addition to facilitating the creation and structuring of policies, research and financing that can develop innovation processes.

Social implications

By presenting a macro view of product and service innovation, this paper may facilitate the creation of incentives for innovation in Portugal and, consequently, to improve economic and development indicators.

Originality/value

This paper is unique in showing the patterns of innovation in the product and service in Portugal over almost a decade and in demonstrating important indicators that can be used in future research.

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Acknowledgements

NECE-UBI, this paper is financed by National Funds provided by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology through project UIDB/04630/2020.

Citation

Costa, V.O., Rocha, R.R. and Madeira, M.J. (2021), "Product and service innovation in Portugal: patterns and specificities", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-09-2020-0140

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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