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The potential for innovativeness: a tale of the Swiss watch industry

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Abstract:

This conceptual paper investigates the way in which some Swiss watch firms respond to innovativeness, their capacity to innovate, and their engagement in the innovation process. A purposeful (judgmental) stratified sampling method was employed, where in-depth interviews with thirteen marketing managers and owners, was carried out over a three-month period. Meaning units (MUs) were abstracted, to compare and discuss with the interviewees until a basic agreement of terms could be made. By providing tangible evidence of qualitative statements, this research suggests that if decision makers wish to influence business performance, they need to be aware of this comprehensive insight into the potential for innovativeness.

Keywords: CAPACITY TO INNOVATE; INNOVATIVENESS; QUALITATIVE RESEARCH; SWISS WATCH INDUSTRY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1362/026725708X273984

Publication date: 2008-02-01

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