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Managing Complexity and Change in SMEs

Frontiers in European Research Edited by Poul Rind Christensen, Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, SDU Design and Flemming Poulfelt, Professor of Management and Strategy, Vice-Dean of Research Communication and Director, LOK Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
The process of founding new enterprises and making them grow and prosper is a far more convoluted undertaking than it was just a few decades ago. This book explores the complexity faced by today’s entrepreneurs. Institutional boundaries, evolutionary perspectives and the intricacies of management are the central themes in this study of entrepreneurs and SMEs in a world marked by major transitions.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 908 9
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The process of founding new enterprises and making them grow and prosper is a far more convoluted undertaking than it was just a few decades ago. This book explores the complexity faced by today’s entrepreneurs. Institutional boundaries, evolutionary perspectives and the intricacies of management are the central themes in this study of entrepreneurs and SMEs in a world marked by major transitions.

While mainstream research enhances our understanding of the dynamics of the entrepreneurial process, this book progresses the research yet further. It examines another fundamental role of research in entrepreneurship: our understanding of future organizational and managerial forms evolving from the globalization process. Issues addressed include:

• growth patterns among enterprises initiated by science-and-technology-based entrepreneurs
• the actions and motives driving radical entrepreneurs
• the role of experience versus formal education in entrepreneurship
• the role of endogenous growth processes
• managerial complexity in new knowledge-based enterprises
• the role of collaboration for innovation in new business ventures.

The contributors aim to further encourage dialogue and reflections triggered by the growing emphasis on entrepreneurship in policy agendas and business communities all over Europe. As such, this book will prove stimulating reading for researchers, students, academics, consultants and advisers involved in entrepreneurship, business and management.
Contributors: L. Achtenhagen, G.A. Alsos, P.R. Christensen, M. Colucci, F. Delmar, M. Freel, T. Fuller, J. Helin, K. Hellerstedt, E.J. Isaksen, B. Johannisson, L. Kolvereid, H. Landström, N. Månsson, L. Melin, M. Mønsted, L. Naldi, F. Poulfelt, M. Presutti, J. Pulkkinen, L. Warren, K. Wennberg, C. Wigren
Contents:

Introduction
Poul Rind Christensen and Flemming Poulfelt

1. One Decade Later: Following up the ‘Gröna Kvisten’ Prize-winning Growth Firms
Leona Achtenhagen, Jenny Helin, Leif Melin and Lucia Naldi

2. New Business Early Performance: Differences between Firms Started by Novice, Serial and Portfolio Entrepreneurs
Gry Agnete Alsos, Lars Kolvereid and Espen John Isaksen

3. Small Firms’ Relationships and Knowledge Acquisition: An Empirical Investigation
Mariachiara Colucci and Manuela Presutti

4. The Evolution of Firms Created by the Swedish Science and Technology Labor Force, 1990–2000
Frédéric Delmar, Karin Hellerstedt and Karl Wennberg

5. Innovation and the Characteristics of Cooperating and Non-cooperating Small Firms
Mark Freel

6. Complex Explanations of Order Creation, Emergence and Sustainability as Situated Entrepreneurship
Ted Fuller and Lorraine Warren

7. Extreme Entrepreneurs: Challenging the Institutional Framework
Bengt Johannisson and Caroline Wigren

8. Debriefing and Motivating Knowledge Workers in Small IT Firms: Challenges to Leadership
Mette Mønsted

9. Business Angels Investing at Early Stages: Are They Different?
Nils Månsson and Hans Landström

10. Internationalization of New Ventures: Mediating Role of Entrepreneur and Top Management Team Experience
Johanna Pulkkinen

Index