Social innovation is a relatively recent construct in the scientific
literature in the field of marketing and has recently been considered an
essential construct to achieve a higher level of sustainable performance in
manufacturing companies, particularly in small and medium-sized companies.
However, despite the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises in any
country in the world, there are relatively few theoretical and empirical
studies that have focused on the analysis and discussion of the relationship
between social innovation and sustainable performance. in small and
medium-sized companies, and there are even fewer studies that relate these two
constructs to innovation management, especially in developing countries, such
as Mexico. Therefore, the essential objective of this study is the analysis and
discussion of the relationship between innovation management, social innovation
and sustainable performance in small and medium-sized companies, for which a
sample of 300 companies and the analysis of structural equations. The results
obtained show the existence of a positive and significant relationship between
innovation management and social innovation and sustainable performance, and
between social innovation and sustainable performance.
Keywords: Innovation management, social innovation, Sustainable
JEL classification numbers: M21.