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Innovation and Organisation in the UK magazine print publishing industry: a survey

Cox, Howard, Mowatt, S. and Young, S. (2005) Innovation and Organisation in the UK magazine print publishing industry: a survey. Global Business and Economics Review, 7 (1). pp. 111-127. ISSN 1097-4954 (print) 1745-1329 (online)


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This paper examines innovation within the UK magazine publishing industry. We find that publishers are able to engage with niche interest groups in order to supply a high value-added product. The paper attempts define the characteristics of the industry and to examine the drivers of innovation through a survey and an exploratory approach to data analysis. We suggest that the frequently employed simple output measures of innovation do not adequately capture the innovation process in this industry or the range of activities carried out by firms. We find that groups of firms engage different patterns of innovative behaviour depending on the drivers of innovation. Firms that are more responsive to consumer trends are more likely to engage in a wider range of associated activities in order to add value from their consumer knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: printing and publishing; industry surveys; information age; innovation; UK magazine publishing; consumer trends; organisational structure; ICT; information technology.
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Howard Cox
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2007 08:48
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:26

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