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Research outputs: INNOVATION

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2022 An analysis of the impact of technological innovation on productivity in South African manufacturing firms using direct measures of innovation

While manufacturing is regarded as important for economic growth, there is evidence that productivity in the South African manufacturing sec...

2022 Nature and composition of rural innovation actor networks in South Africa: the case of agro-processing enterprises in the Mopani District

Rural innovation processes are deeply embedded in actor networks, and their successes and failures are influenced by the nature and composit...

2022 From crisis to survival: how informal enterprises harness the power of innovation

Based on recent research measuring innovation in the informal sector in Mpumuza, KwaZulu-Natal, this policy brief provides fresh insights in...

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2022 Policy levers to boost innovation and productivity in South African manufacturing firms

This policy brief shares key evidence-based insights on boosting innovation and productivity in manufacturing firms. Current policy instrume...

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