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Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship in Low-Tech Industries

Edited by Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen, Professor of Economic and Industrial Sociology, TU Dortmund University, Germany and Isabel Schwinge, Research Associate and Lecturer at the Chair of Economic and Industrial Sociology, TU Dortmund University, Germany
This book contributes to the discussion about the relevance of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship for industrial innovation in the context of traditional low-technology industries.
Extent: 264 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78347 203 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Industrial Economics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
This book contributes to the discussion about the relevance of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship for industrial innovation in the context of traditional low-technology industries.

There is a widespread assumption that low-tech industries offer limited opportunities for entrepreneurial activity due to their mature character. Yet there are indications that the phenomenon is finally emerging in these traditional sectors. This detailed book contributes to the ongoing political debate on relevant policy measures to promote future industrial innovation. It extends awareness of the relevance of low-tech industries for future economic and societal development, linking both scientific and political perspectives. Detailed chapters identify the typical patterns, prerequisites and impacts of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, as well as the distribution of entrepreneurial activities in low-tech sectors. The authors conclude with policy recommendations to promote such activities.

This book will appeal to social scientists, economists and students of innovation and entrepreneurship studies. Policy-makers and company representatives will also find much of interest in this book, with its surprising insights into a field that has been so far neglected in the scientific as well as the policy-oriented debate.

'Despite their minimal application of research and development, industries such as manufacturing, food, and publishing occupy an important role in production expansion and employment opportunities. The editors of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship in Low-Tech Industries point out the alarming gap that characterizes today's research in regard to industrial innovation and transformation. The book provides detailed studies that explain KIE activities at multiple levels as it emphasizes the origins, characteristics, strategies, organization, and performance of such activities. . . the book should raise significant interest among researchers, scholars, advisors and policy makers who are interested in the revival of manufacturing sectors in the developing world.'
– Chaza Fares Abdul, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

‘The normal enterprise, contrary to widespread prejudice, can do well out of intense knowledge, without bothering with snobbish high-tech delusions. In this respect, the present book deals with all the questions you might have been afraid to ask. It offers explanation, policy and practical conclusions in an international perspective. It is a compelling read!’
– Arndt Sorge, Professor Emeritus, WZB, Germany

Contributors: Y.D. Caloghirou, T.F. Fernandes, M.M. Godinho, A. Havas, H. Hirsch-Kreinsen, G. Karagouni, I. Kastelli, R.P. Mamede, A. Protogerou, I. Schwinge, A. Tsakanikas, A.Y. Yudanov
Contents:

Introduction

1. Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship in Low-tech Industries
Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen and Isabel Schwinge

PART I: CHARACTERISTICS, PATTERNS AND IMPACT
2. Exploring Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship in High-tech and Low-tech Manufacturing Sectors: Differences and Similarities
Yannis D. Caloghirou, Aimilia Protogerou and Aggelos Tsakanikas

3. Patterns of Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship in Low-tech Industries
Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen

4. The Impact of Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship on the Growth and Competitiveness of European Traditional Industries
Ioanna Kastelli and Yannis D. Caloghirou

PART II: STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS
5. Patterns and Determinants of Trademark Use in Portugal
Ricardo P. Mamede, Teresa F. Fernandes and Manuel M. Godinho

6. High-growth LMT Firms and the Evolution of the Russian Economy
Andrei Y. Yudanov

7. The Relevance of the ‘Dynamic Capabilities’ Perspective in Low-tech Sectors
Aimilia Protogerou, Yannis D. Caloghirou and Glykeria Karagouni

8. Readjusting the Perspective on LMT Firms in Product Supply Chains in Light of Knowledge-intensive Activity
Isabel Schwinge

PART III: POLICY ISSUES
9. Trapped by the High-tech Myth: The Need and Chances for a New Policy Rationale
Attila Havas

10. Policy Measures for the Promotion of Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship in Low-tech Industries
Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen and Isabel Schwinge

Index