Indian food processing industry is one of the largest in the world in terms of production, consumption, exports and growth opportunities. SMEs play a crucial role within this. Large manufacturing firms largely dominate innovation studies in India. Innovation sources used by SMEs are often different from that of large firms. This paper focuses on exploring various sources of innovation adopted by food processing SMEs in Kerala, South India. Outcome suggests that SMEs use various sources like suppliers, competitors, employees, government/research institutions and customers to get new ideas.
Bhumika Gupta, Jeayaram Subramanian, Hardik Vachhrajani, and Dr. Avinash Shivdas, “Exploring the Sources of Innovation in Food Processing SMEs of Kerala”, International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, vol. 8, pp. 1149 - 1153, 2014.