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Technological Innovation and International Competitiveness for Business Growth

Challenges and Opportunities

Palgrave Macmillan
  • The first book to relate, in a broader sense, the micro (manager/entrepreneur and company), meso (industry), and macro (country) levels that affect business growth based on knowledge overflows

  • Offers a collection of new and original empirical works, such as case studies that provide an in-depth discussion and review literature

  • Discusses the main issues, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to technological innovation and international competitiveness for business growth

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. Bridging Technological Innovation Domains

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Technological Innovation and Exports: Effects on Firm Growth

      • María Jesús Rodríguez-Gulías, Sara Fernández-López, David Rodeiro-Pazos, Manuel Ángel Nogueira-Moreiras
      Pages 17-39
    3. International Growth and Social Media Competitiveness of Small Software Firms

      • Matti Saari, Minnie Kontkanen, Ahmad Arslan, Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen
      Pages 63-93
  3. Dynamics of International Business Competitiveness

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 95-95
    2. The Impact of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Competitiveness

      • Cristina I. Fernandes, Pedro Mota Veiga, João J. M. Ferreira, Sérgio J. Teixeira, Hussain G. Rammal
      Pages 97-117
    3. Internal Barriers for the Brazilian Economy to Achieve External Competitiveness

      • Arilda Teixeira, Silveli Cristo-Andrade, Emerson Wagner Mainardes
      Pages 119-140
    4. Social Sustainability on Competitiveness in the Tourism Industry: Toward New Approach?

      • José Manuel Guaita Martínez, José María Martín Martín, Domingo Enrique Ribeiro Soriano, José Antonio Salinas Fernández
      Pages 141-164
  4. Refining the Technological Innovation and Business Growth Link

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 165-165
    2. Service Business Growth: “A Spinner Innovation Model Approach”

      • Ronnie Figueiredo, Bouchaib Bahli
      Pages 191-214
  5. Empirical Case Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 261-261
    2. Middle-Technology Trap: The Case of Automotive Industry in Turkey

      • İbrahim Semih Akçomak, Serkan Bürken
      Pages 263-306
    3. Kaiser Permanente Internet of Things (IoT) Roadmap

      • Tugrul U. Daim, Mohammed Marthed, Marina Dabić
      Pages 307-329

About this book

This book explores how companies combine technological innovation and competitive actions that create new opportunities for business growth in the international market. The complexity of designing today’s technology platforms requires profound knowledge in multiple areas. Technology development and commercialization as an ongoing competitive process involves enabling and inhibiting mechanisms, which govern the speed and acceleration of technological innovation. To compete more effectively, potential competitors are using coopetition and pooling their resources for shared gain in areas where they do not compete directly. Thus, a thorough examination of the current paradigms, theories, and frameworks is needed to increase our understanding of the technology-innovation-competitiveness linkages of business growth. This book brings together recent developments and methodological contributions within technological innovation, international competitiveness, and business growth that bridge the existing gaps and simultaneously advances the debate on this research topic. 


"Engaging, informative and challenging. Contributors present a wide and diverse range of studies that offer new insights into the relationship between technological innovation and international competitiveness, raising questions for debate and opening pathways for future research. A must read for scholars of international business." (Professor of Organizational Change at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University and Emeritus Professor of Management at the University of Aberdeen)

"There are few things more critical to managers, organizations and national governments than technological innovation as a means to achieving international competitiveness. This is especially relevant in the current global crisis of pandemic, stagnant economies, international discord and other looming crises such as climate change and famine. I know of few other teams that can inform us on these crucial issues more effectively than the authors of this important text." (Leyland Pitt, PhD. PhD., Dennis F. Culver EMBA Alumni Chair of Business and Professor of Marketing, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.)

"Companies around the world are interested in improving performance and growing their businesses. The application of new technologies has always been a powerful way to achieve these objectives.  But such applications must be done correctly and strategically, because failed efforts can be crippling to an organization. Editors Ferreira, Teixeira, and Rammal have assembled some of the world's best scholars to shed light on this important area. This scholarly and practical book will inform 21st century innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy researchers, provide guidance to industry leaders and practitioners, and make a significant contribution to humanity's shared interest in harmonious and productive international business activities." (Patrick J. Murphy, Ph.D., Goodrich Chair and Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) 

"In a world of ever-changing competitive landscapes epitomized by the recent Covid-19 pandemic, this edited book provides a timely overview of the state-of-the-art literature on technological innovation and international competitiveness. The book is both eclectic and homogenous in its treatment of the multilevel, multifaceted drivers of technological innovation and international competitiveness. As business uncertainty reaches unseen new levels, policymakers both at firm, industry and national levels will need to develop new business models capable of moving goods, services and even people across geographic borders in novel ways. Technological innovation will play a pivotal role in this endeavor and this book will serve as a pivotal starting point for anyone – scholar, manager, or policymaker – to educate themselves on the topic. If you only read one book this year on how technological innovation may help your company to succeed internationally in a world of upheaval – this should be it!" (Bo Bernhard Nielsen, Professor of Business Strategy at Sydney University and Professor of International Business at Copenhagen Business School.) 

"Nowadays, technological innovation and international competitiveness are more than ever interesting and relevant topics for organizations. How do innovation, technology and competitiveness contribute to corporate growth? What are the challenges of technological innovation and international competitiveness? What is the relationship between technological innovation and business growth? These are just some of the critical questions that will be addressed in this book. This book offers a solid and eclectic  approach and provides a shared vision for understanding the key issues surrounding this fascinating field of knowledge." (Sascha Kraus, Durham University Business School, UK)

"This book explores one of the most important areas in the innovation literature, that which connects technological innovation with firm competitiveness. Through fourteen chapters, organized around four broad groups, the book takes us from a managerial perspective to the industry, and to the macro or national level, of how these two themes interlock and interplay in determining business growth. It is a timely contribution, given the Covid-19 world in which business have to deal with, in which technological innovations would be likely determinant not just for firm survival but for growth." (Soumodip Sarkar, University of Evora, Portugal)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Management and Economics & NECE Research Unit in Business Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

    João J. M. Ferreira

  • Higher Institute of Administration and Languages, Research Centre—ISAL, Funchal, Portugal

    Sérgio J. Teixeira

  • NECE—Research Unit in Business Sciences, Funchal, Portugal

    Hussain G. Rammal

About the editors

João J. M. Ferreira is Associate Professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Currently, he is the scientific coordinator of the UBI Research Unit for Business Sciences (NECE), Portugal. His research interests include strategy, competitiveness and entrepreneurship

Sérgio J. Teixeira is Assistant Professor and researcher at the Higher Institute of Administration and Languages – ISAL, Portugal He is an integrated member of the Research Unit for Business Sciences (NECE-UBI), Covilhã, and collaborator of the CITUR Research Unit, Leiria, Portugal, and Coordinator of the ISAL Research Center. His research interest includes competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation in tourism.

Hussain G. Rammal is Associate Professor of International Business & Strategy at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Review of International Business and Strategy and founding editor of the Emerging Issues in International Business and Global Strategy book series. Hussain’s research interests include knowledge management, service innovation, and internationalization strategies of firms.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Technological Innovation and International Competitiveness for Business Growth

  • Book Subtitle: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Editors: João J. M. Ferreira, Sérgio J. Teixeira, Hussain G. Rammal

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Democracy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Growth

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-51994-0Published: 23 October 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-51997-1Published: 24 October 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-51995-7Published: 22 October 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2662-3641

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-365X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 426

  • Number of Illustrations: 22 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Innovation/Technology Management, International Business