Schumpeter’s emphasis in his early work on three main aspects of industrial R&D; namely the importance of entrepreneurship, industrial innovation and resultant creative destruction, were major new insights that rejected the long-standing view that equilibrium was the best state for any industrial economy.
This paper investigates the relevance of the theoretical writings of Schumpeter to the management of research and development (R&D) in small and large industrial firms.
With the aid of relevant literature from both Schumpeter and others, it seeks to relate his theoretical approach (that changed over time to favour large firm R&D) to the implication for industrial R&D, and in particular, the relationship between R&D in small and large firms.
The paper concludes that if Schumpeter had lived to see the current industrial landscape, he might have returned to his early belief that entrepreneurial new small firms remain key harbingers of technological progress.
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Schumpeterian economics: some observations on the relevance of his theoretical contributions to the management of industrial research and development, Raymond P. Oakey, R&D Management, 2015
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