User innovation in the business enterprise sector of Maputo Province in Mozambique
J. Baltazar Zita & A. Hermíneo Lopes
Evidence of user innovation in firms in Maputo Province is presented.
This results from a case study of firms that had previously been
identified in the Mozambican National Innovation Survey 2009 as process
innovators. While the observations are too few to support statistical
inferences, they demonstrate the presence of user innovation in firms
and they suggest further work on the policy implications, especially
related to support for innovation in firms that perform no research and
development. The case study found little evidence of the sharing of
knowledge gained through user innovation, in contrast with findings from
industrialized countries but closer to results from the newly
industrialized country of Korea.
JEL Codes: O31, O33, O34
Key words: User innovation, development, knowledge sharing