Innovation in Developing and Transition Countries
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Innovation in Developing and Transition Countries

Edited by Alexandra Tsvetkova, Jana Schmutzler, Marcela Suarez and Alessandra Faggian

This edited volume offers a multidisciplinary perspective on innovation challenges and innovative practices in the context of developing and transition countries. The contributions mostly embrace a national innovation system approach in an attempt to understand innovation processes and their implications at both macro and micro levels.
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Chapter 8: Collaborating to innovate: the case of the Nigerian mining industry

Oluseye Oladayo Jegede

Abstract

This chapter examines the importance of collaboration for mining firms’ innovativeness in the South West region of Nigeria using the data on 150 purposively selected mining firms. The results of both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques suggest that the majority of the surveyed firms collaborated with at least one other actor for their innovation activities. Surveyed firms tended to collaborate with competitors, suppliers and customers within the local markets and abroad. Statistical analysis results indicate that collaboration did not have significant impact on product innovation but it was statistically related to process and organizational innovation. The chapter concludes that collaboration is important for process and organizational innovations in the mining industry in Nigeria.

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