Small Businesses Are More Active as Inventors Than as Innovators in the Innovation Process

PAD-82-19 Published: Dec 31, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1981.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed nine studies of the sources and contributions of small business invention and innovation. The studies were classified into three categories: studies that examine the relationship of firm size to invention and innovation; empirical studies of other aspects of invention and innovation; and reports that integrate the work of others.

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