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Pastos y Forrajes

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SUAREZ, J; ALBISU, L.M; SOTOLONGO, Naicy  y  BLANCO, F. Success and failure factors in the innovating performance of the Cuban livestock production enterprises. Pastos y Forrajes [online]. 2007, vol.30, n.3, pp.1-1. ISSN 0864-0394.

With the objective of learning the factors that favor the success of innovation and those that cause its failure, in the Cuban livestock production sector, a questionnaire was applied to the directors of a non probabilistic sample of 34 livestock production enterprises (36% of the sector), which comprised the different geographical zones of the country, all the types of production systems existing in Cuban livestock production, organizations in the different stages of the Enterprise Improvement process and the different enterprise sizes. The internal factors with the highest incidence on the success of innovation in the enterprises were considered to be: A Top Management opened to new ideas and inclined to assuming risks, the decentralization in decision-making and a participatory management, motivation and commitment to innovation in the managers, constant training of the personnel and execution of team work; while the external factors were the dynamics and turbulence of the surroundings, which demand changes in the enterprise, the establishment of cooperation links and networks in the country, the existence of state policies of support to innovation, having facility of access to international funding sources and possibilities of national financing for the development of innovation. Regarding the obstacles that constrain to a higher extent innovation in the enterprises, they are: scarcity of financial resources, external pressures on the enterprise, which have incidence on the productive and management processes, the possession of insufficient scientific and technological information, problems of availability and utilization of computing equipment, lack of efficient financing mechanisms for innovation, as well as insufficient mechanisms of incentives that encourage to innovate and establish links with universities and research centers. As conclusion, it may be observed in this study that the success and failure factors of innovation in the Cuban livestock production sector are very similar to those obtained in the industrial sector and referred in the international literature.

Palabras clave : Enterprises; innovation.

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