Innovation behavior of agri-food small and medium-sized enterprises: The case of Europe’s emerging economies

Gaukhar B. Kussainov, Sayed H. Saghaian, Michael R. Reed

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This paper examines the innovative behavior of agri-food firms located in Central and Eastern Europe. In the literature, empirical analyses on innovation activities of firms focus on various case studies from around the world. However, very few studies explore the innovation of small and medium sized enterprises from Central and Eastern Europe’s agri-food sector. The analysis uses the logit estimation method and firm-level data, which are obtained from ERBD-World Bank Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey. Results suggest that firms that spent some proportion of their financial budget on research and development, had workforce training programs, and bought fixed assets are more likely to launch product, process, organizational, and marketing innovations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-369
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Saghaian acknowledges support from the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project No. KY004052, under accession number 1012994.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Kussainova et al.


  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • agri-food sector
  • firm-level data
  • innovation drivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Business and International Management


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