Малые предприятия в обрабатывающих производствах: развитие технологических инноваций и готовность к цифровой трансформации
The paper implements an integrated approach to assessing innovative activity of small manufacturing enterprises focusing on technological innovations. The analyzed indicators are combined into three groups which characterize the results of the small manufacturing enterprises innovative activity, their resources and the conditions for innovations implementation correspondingly. Much attention is paid to in-ternational comparisons of small enterprises innovative activity in Russia and the EU countries. Besides, a comparative analysis of domestic small, medium-sized and large manufacturing enterprises innovative ac-tivity has been carried out. The results indicate a relatively low realized potential of the small manufacturing entrepreneurship in the innovation sphere, the sustainability of challenges and barriers to its development which hinder the innovative activity growth and the spread of digital technologies in the business sector. Measures to reduce the existing technological lag of domestic small manufacturing enterprises as well as to improve the availability of modern digital technologies are presented.