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The effect of public support on senior manager attitudes to innovation

Chapman, Gary; Hewitt-Dundas, Nola

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Nola Hewitt-Dundas


Senior manager innovation-orientated attitudes are key drivers of innovation within micro and smaller firms. Despite this, little guidance exists on the initiatives organisations can utilise to induce and strengthen such desirable attitudes. In this paper, we investigate whether innovation vouchers, an increasingly prevalent form of public innovation support that funds short-term collaborative projects to solve innovation problems for micro and smaller firms, influence senior manager innovation-orientated attitudes. We use a treatment effects approach to examine our question, specifically, propensity score nearest neighbour matching on a U.K. dataset of firms that received an innovation voucher between 2012 and 2015, and a control group of those that did not. Overall, we find that innovation vouchers induce small positive changes in senior manager innovation-orientated attitudes, with the largest change observed for senior manager openness to external knowledge, followed by risk tolerance. Overall, we show innovation vouchers strengthen senior manager innovation-orientated attitudes, thus advancing insights into the determinants of innovation-orientated attitudes and the additionality effects of public support programmes. We discuss implications for innovation policy and practice.


Chapman, G., & Hewitt-Dundas, N. (2018). The effect of public support on senior manager attitudes to innovation. Technovation, 69, 28-39.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 25, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 5, 2017
Publication Date 2018-01
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2022
Journal Technovation
Print ISSN 0166-4972
Electronic ISSN 1879-2383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Pages 28-39
Keywords Public Support; Attitudes; Support for Innovation; Risk Tolerance; Openness to External Knowledge; Behavioural Additionality; Treatment Effects
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