SMEs collaborate less for innovation: can E20 help?
There are no official statistics of usage of Enteprise 20: actually, the whole dimension of collaboration and knowledge exchange is missing from existing statistics, which instead focus on the old paradigm of e-commerce. See the screenshot from Eurostat below.
However, I came across interesting statistics from the Community Innovation Survey on the propensity of companies to collaborate in innovation (regardless of the ICT tools). The chart below shows that SMEs are fall less keen to collaborate than large companies (source: OECD 2008 Open Innovation in Global Networks).
If collaboration is a key aspect of innovation, SMEs suffer from competitive disadvantage with large companies. So my question is:
– why are SMEs collaborating less in innovation?
– can Enterprise 2.0 software have a meaningful impact on the propensity of SMEs to innovate, and thereby on their competitiveness?