How Entrepreneurs do What they do


How Entrepreneurs do What they do

Case Studies in Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship

9781781005491 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Maureen McKelvey, Professor, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Astrid Heidemann Lassen, Associate Professor of Innovation Management, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Denmark
Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 978 1 78100 549 1 Extent: 240 pp
How Entrepreneurs Do What They Do presents 13 case studies of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship. The book focuses on ‘doing’, in essence, what happens when entrepreneurs are engaging practically in venture creation processes.

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How Entrepreneurs Do What They Do presents 13 case studies of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship. The book focuses on ‘doing’, in essence, what happens when entrepreneurs are engaging practically in venture creation processes.

Case studies can be used as a key element in learning and understanding what really occurs, as well as for illustrating theoretical points. This insightful book provides a series of in-depth case studies of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship from different industries to elucidate relevant phenomena and topics. They focus upon the venture creation process, involving close interactions between the individual, the company, and the external eco-system and environment. The cases primarily provide a managerial perspective on the process, from the sources of ideas, through opportunities and strategies, to outcomes and interactions with external networks.

This enriching book will be relevant to academics and practitioners, as well as advanced students. The suggestions for further reflections can be used as inspiration for class discussions, Master thesis projects, academic research projects or stimulating successful entrepreneurship.
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‘Given the opportunity to teach a graduate course in entrepreneurship, I would give this book and its companion volume serious consideration in order to provide students with a well-articulated theor- etical framework and a multitude of carefully described examples to illustrate and test the ideas of KIE theory.’
– Michael Beyerlein, Science and Public Policy
Contributors: A.-S. Axelsson, R. Bekkers, L. Bordoli, J. Brink, O. Broberg, M.M. Godinho, J. Laage-Hellman, A.H. Lassen, D. Ljungberg, R. Mamede, M. McKelvey, C.R. Østergaard, E. Park, A. Rosa, G. Sjöblom, D. Slepniov, S. Szücs, B. Timmermans, B.V. Waehrens, O. Zaring, Y. Zhu


1. Introduction
Maureen McKelvey and Astrid Heidemann Lassen

2. How Tensions between Exploration and Exploitation Drive the Development Process of KIE: The Case of Sensor Inc.
Astrid Heidemann Lassen

3. Collaborative Strategies: How and Why Academic Spin-offs Interact with Engineering University Centers
Maureen McKelvey, Daniel Ljungberg, Olof Zaring, Jens Laage-Hellman and Stefan Szücs

4. Interaction as a Strategy in Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship: The Case of an ERP Software Company
Olof Zaring

5. Managing International Expansion in a KIE Venture: Going Global in Alpha Composites
Dmitrij Slepniov and Brian Vejrum Waehrens

6. The Nexus between Technology, Organizational and Market Development: The Case of NanoSpace Inc.
Astrid Heidemann Lassen

7. Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship from Firm Exit in a High-tech Cluster: The Case of the Wireless Communications Cluster in Aalborg, Denmark
Christian Richter Østergaard and Eunkyung Park

8. Entrepreneurial Exploitation of Creative Destruction and the Ambiguity of Knowledge in the Emerging Field of Digital Advertising
Oskar Broberg, Ann-Sofie Axelsson and Gustav Sjöblom

9. Knowledge Reallocation and Challenges for KIE: The Case of the European Roller Coaster Industry
Bram Timmermans, Rudi Bekkers and Luca Bordoli

10. How Cross-fertilization of High-tech and Low-tech Sectors Creates Innovative Opportunities: The Case of the Wearable Electrocardiogram
Alexandra Rosa, Ricardo Mamede and Manuel Mira Godinho

11. Building Collaborative Network Relationships: The Case of a Corporate Spin-off in the Medical Technology Industry
Jens Laage-Hellman

12. Collaborative Research in Innovative Food: An Example of Renewing a Traditional Low-tech Industry
Maureen McKelvey, Daniel Ljungberg and Jens Laage-Hellman

13. Financing and Privatizing a Visionary Research Endeavour in Proteonomics: The Case of ProSci in Australia
Johan Brink and Maureen McKelvey

14. Business Models in Big Data in China: Designing New Opportunities through Sequencing and Bioinformatics
Yanmei Zhu and Maureen McKelvey

15. Further Developing the Ideas
Maureen McKelvey and Astrid Heidemann Lassen

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