Investigador Responsable Universidad CatÃ³lica del Norte. Antofagasta. Chile
Doctor en Ciencias EconÃ³micas â€“ Universidad AutÃ³noma de Madrid.
Director of Human Development Regional Observatory,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business.
Universidad CatÃ³lica del Norte â€“ Chile
The aim of this study is to analyze the innovative potential of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Region of Antofagasta. The results of a cuestionnaire applied to 50 SMEs considered as innovative according to OCDE criteria show a contradictory situation: there is an increasing awareness of the importance of innovation in the region while many obstacles to innovate are recognized. This constrains can affect negatively the project of creating an industrial and service cluster around mining in the region.
Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Innovation, Regional SME