Overriding uncertainty in the companie's future via the development of innovation activities during the crisis in Portugal

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Abstract

The burst of the sovereign debt crisis in 2010 is concomitant to the first decreases of innovation activities in the twenty-first century in Portugal. Understanding innovation as an uncertain future-oriented change process that builds upon scientific and technological knowledge, and is framed by organizational, social, economic, and political contexts, we questioned how innovation development was dependent on these contexts during the crisis in Portugal. For this purpose, we quantitatively characterized the internal and external contexts of Information and Communication Technology firms between 2010 and 2012. Focusing on innovative firms, we further analyzed the evolution of innovation activities; perceptions of the crisis impacts on innovation; and the evolution of uncertainty in the companies' future. Our ordinal regression models revealed that companies with more empowering work environments and increasing assets, present increased probability of having 1) augmented innovation activities; 2) more favorable perceptions of the socioeconomic crisis impacts on innovation; and 3) reduced uncertainty in the companies' future. Our study further suggests that while uncertainty is ubiquitous to innovation processes, increases in contextually-framed innovation activities support more favorable perceptions of the crisis impacts on innovation, and additionally override perceptions of uncertainty in the companies' future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-69
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Crisis
  • ICT Sector
  • Innovation
  • Uncertainty

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