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Title: Barriers to Small Business Innovation in Rural Australia
Contributor(s): Kotey, Bernice A  (author); Sorensen, Anthony  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: This paper examines barriers to innovation by small businesses in rural Australia. A qualitative methodology is employed involving focus group meetings with small business owners in six cotton communities. The findings reveal common as well as unique barriers to business innovation. Common barriers include poor infrastructure, skill shortages, resource dependence, lack of access to finance and political uncertainties. Some communities were more affected by the small size of their local markets than others. The quality of local leaders, conservative attitude of residents, and high cost of living had greater impact as barriers in some communities than others. Infrastructure development using resource taxes as well as decentralising responsibility for development to regional leaders can help address the innovation barriers in these communities.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 20(3), p. 405-429
Publisher: Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc (ANZRSAI)
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1324-0935
Field of Research (FOR): 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
150307 Innovation and Technology Management
150314 Small Business Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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