Gestão & Produção
On-line version ISSN 1806-9649
RIEG, Denise Luciana and ALVES FILHO, Alceu Gomes. Technological efforts and innovation performance of medical equipment firms located in São Carlos - State of São Paulo. Gest. Prod. [online]. 2003, vol.10, n.3, pp. 293-310. ISSN 1806-9649. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-530X2003000300006.
This paper joins information on technological efforts and innovation performance of 12 medical equipment producers located in São Carlos, State of São Paulo. It was gathered through interviews with owners or managers in the firms, who are asked to answer a structured questionnaire. Our analysis of this information shows that those firms have been done considerable efforts directed toward both internal R&D - in higher proportion - and technology acquisition from external sources. The majority of the firms have not invested on technology acquisition from external sources more than one third of their investment on internal R&D. Considering innovation performance, R&D activities in those firms are mainly oriented to incremental product innovations.
Keywords : technological efforts; innovation performance; São Carlos City; medical equipment firms.