Internationalisation of innovation in SMEs

Empirica is now co-ordinating a study about "internationalisation of innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)" on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate-General Research and Innovation. "The study's objective is to contribute to the development of a policy for fostering the internationalisation of innovation activities of European SMEs", explains study co-ordinator Stefan Lilischkis. "We will carry out twelve case studies of SMEs and an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of related policy measures." There are three underlying principal policy goals: First, more competitive SMEs in their traditional markets; second, more European innovating SMEs benefiting from foreign and in particular third country economies, and, third, establishing an EU action plan to facilitate internationalisation of innovation in SMEs. The action plan shall include strategies to address particular challenges posed by Research & Innovation (R&I) cooperation with foreign partners, in particular those from economies outside Europe. Findings from the study will be presented at an event in mid-2016. More information will sequentially be publicised at http://ri-policy-analysis.eu/studies/internationalisation-of-innovation-in-smes/.