Barriers to innovation: evidence from South African manufacturing companies 2010-2012
: Policy briefs PUBLICATION YEAR
: C.Moses, M.M.Sithole
, P.Mudavanhu, N.Nkobole-Mhlongo, T.KupamupindiKEYWORDS
: MANUFACTURING INDUSTRYDEPARTMENT
: Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTii)
: HSRC Library: shelf number 10250
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Innovation is widely viewed as a driver of company competitiveness and, indeed, the economic growth of
countries. However, in carrying out their innovation activities, companies often encounter obstacles. In this
policy brief, we identify how South African manufacturing companies perceive the relevance of a range of
barriers to their innovation activity (whether cost, market, knowledge or other barriers) and assess how these barriers impact companies with different characteristics. Building on this analysis, we consider ways for existing South African innovation support mechanisms to become more responsive to the innovation obstacles companies face.