• 1 - Introduction
  • 2 - Innovation and SMEs
  • 2.1 Innovation
  • 2.2 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • 2.3 Connecting SMEs to Innovation
  • 3 - Barriers to Innovation in German SMEs
  • 3.1 Previous Studies..
  • 3.2 Findings of the Survey “RIS-Hamburg”.
  • 3.3 Post “RIS-Hamburg” Research
  • 4 - Global Innovation as a Chance
  • 4.1 Leveraging Access to Knowledge.
  • 4.2 Leveraging Cost Advantages
  • 4.3 Leveraging Market Opportunities
  • 5 - Challenges of Global Innovation
  • 5.1 Finding “Qualified” Personnel
  • 5.2 Cost Explosion in Booming Economies
  • 5.3 Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
  • 5.4 Market Uncertainties
  • 5.5 Start-up and Operational Costs
  • 5.6 Cross-cultural Issues and Communication
  • 5.7 Acceptance Issues
  • 6 - Implications and Research Outlook
  • Summary