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Abstract

Most companies recognise the importance of innovation (e.g. launching new products and processes) for fostering their competitiveness, but many of them stumble when trying to undertake and carry it out. Managing innovation in a firm is complex and challenging task.

In this context, in 1996, the Community launched series of projects to promote Innovation Management Techniques, hereafter called IMTs. In this initiative, IMTs were considered to be methodological approaches for improving the competitive position of firms through innovation. In order to be promoted, IMTs must have been tested in SMEs and available to firms internally or through specialised external advisors (e.g., enterprise consultants)

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Authors: ENTERPRISE DIRECTORATE-GENERAL,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17022 EN (2000) 115pp., EURO:FREE of charge
Availability: Available from DG-Enterprise, Innovation Help Desk, L-2920 (LU) Fax: +35-2-430132084 E-mail: ENTR-FMB-INNOVATION-POLICY-INFODESK@ec.europa.eu http://europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9688-9
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