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SME's - why communication is good for innovation

The Internet as a communication tool is vital for SME's, and for remote Africa, even more so. I personally monitor and among other sites, for innovative happenings around the world. It helps to keep me up to date, and allows me to see how to innovate my own and my client businesses using some of the ideas that I pick up on the Internet.

Innovation is not necessarily, and seldom is, invention. Innovation is about improvement, sometimes gradual. It is about improving what exists. The more we are exposed to innovative thinking, the more innovative we become. It becomes a way of thinking for those who are entrepreneurial, and this is how many businesses are started and many industries given a new lease on life and their life cycle extended.

African governments must find a strategy to extend cheap fast Internet to SME's as a matter of urgency if they wish to grow the base of entrepreneurs in their respective countries.

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Have an MBA and a PhD in entrepreneurship. Three key areas of ongoing research are entrepreneurship and innovation in large business strategy, the impact of legislation on SME development and SME finance. Run my own SME blog at as well as an entrepreneurship and innovation for large businesses blog at I have been self-employed since 1982. I have started or purchased in excess of 50 businesses since then. Most were sold again and a few were shut down because of a lack of profitability. Many were run by staff or family while I worked full time in my bigger businesses. Author of 6 books. Written articles for various magazines, newspapers and websites. Experienced in research within developing countries.
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