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Measuring Innovation In A ‘low-tech’ Service Industry: The Case Of The Dutch Hospitality Industry

P. Hertog, Faïz Gallouj, Jeroen Segers
Published 2011 · Economics

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This article presents the findings of a survey among 613 firms in the Dutch hospitality industry adopting a demarcation perspective. The paper illustrates that innovation in this service industry is much higher and more varied than regularly reported. It further indicates that innovation activities in ‘low-tech industries’ can be in place with less formalized forms of (service) innovation management. Finally, it is shown that a higher innovation intensity is associated with better firm performance. Based on this, some implications for managing innovation in the hospitality industry are discussed. Finally, some fundamental issues in the measurement of service innovation are raised.
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