Innovation strategies under uncertain economic and political circumstances: Argentinean ICT SMEs

Martha A Garcia-Murillo, Sergio A. Hinestrosa

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to determine how innovation happens in countries that experience risks and uncertainty. We analyzed the Argentinean telecom sector with a focus on small and medium-size enterprises. The research relies on interviews with companies offering information and communication services in diverse regions of the country. Departing from Porter's identification of strategies, we find that economic and political uncertainties lead to significant differences in strategies. We were able to identify strategies that prevail under suboptimal regulatory conditions. These are: 1) survival; 2) slow modernization; 3) infrastructure capitalization; and 4) diversification and customization. We recommend that in order to channel the creativity and innovation capabilities of these entities, governments could help produce a less uncertain and risky environment if they had a more predictable regulatory environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Pages438-445
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Feb 8 2011Feb 11 2011

Other

Other6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period2/8/112/11/11

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Keywords

  • Argentina
  • Competitive strategy
  • Innovation
  • Risks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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