High-Tech Entrepreneurship: Managing Innovation in a World of Uncertainty

Overview

High-tech entrepreneurship is one of the most important driving forces behind innovative change in our world. It occurs in large, small and new organizations, in firms that are private, public and state owned, and has great political and economical attention. The uncertainty intrinsic to innovative and advanced technology environments makes the use of conventional economic planning models redundant. For high-tech entrepreneurship to thrive, those managing and influencing it need to understand the special ...
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Overview

High-tech entrepreneurship is one of the most important driving forces behind innovative change in our world. It occurs in large, small and new organizations, in firms that are private, public and state owned, and has great political and economical attention. The uncertainty intrinsic to innovative and advanced technology environments makes the use of conventional economic planning models redundant. For high-tech entrepreneurship to thrive, those managing and influencing it need to understand the special management skills required, which are much more responsive to risk, uncertainty and evaluation of the unknowable. High-tech Entrepreneurship focuses on the mix of theory and practice needed to inform students on advanced entrepreneurship courses who have an interest in the high-tech environment. The book's expert contributors highlight the variety and uncertainly within this world as an opportunity for entrepreneurship, and explore some of the many ways in which managers pursue their shared interest, innovation. In doing this, this book is a valuable companion to many courses on this ever-more important aspect of business education, contributing to the understanding of entrepreneurship in the broad sense, and to conditions for innovation in firms and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415380591
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel Bernasconi is Professor in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Director of the High-tech Entrepreneurship Center at the CERAM Sophia Antipolis, Frrance.

Simon Harris is Reader in International Strategic Management at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, UK.

Mette Moensted is Professor in Knowledge Management in the Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
Contributors     xi
Preface     xiil
High-tech entrepreneurship: managing innovation in a world of variety and uncertainty   Michel Bernasconi   Simon Harris   Mette Moensted     1
Uncertainty and Innovation in Entrepreneurship   Mette Moensted     11
High-tech, uncertainty and innovation: the opportunity for high-tech entrepreneurship   Mette Moensted     15
For high-tech small is beautiful: why small firms can handle complexity better   Ludovic Dibiaggio     33
Engineers as high-tech entrepreneurs: French engineers' paths to entrepreneurship   Alain Fayolle     50
Collective learning processes in high-tech firms: enablers and barriers to the innovation process   Valerie-Ines de La Ville     69
Different Entrepreneurial Ways of Facing Uncertainty   Simon Harris     87
High-tech clusters: network richness in Sophia Antipolis and Silicon Valley   Michel Bernasconi   Ludovic Dibiaggio   Michel Ferrary     93
Network relationships in different cultures: high-tech globalization meets local cultures   Simon Harris     112
Technology business incubation management: lessons of experience   Philippe Albert   LyndaGaynor     131
Strategy development processes: the importance of considering integration and timing   Franck Moreau     144
University spin-out firms: patterns of development based on expertise   Celine Druilhe   Elizabeth Garnsey     158
Creation processes as evolving projects: high-tech firms as emerging systems   Michel Bernasconi     174
Managing Innovative High-Tech Firms   Michel Bernasconi     187
Marketing technological innovations: the challenges of creating markets   Paul Millier     189
Creating competitive intelligence: competing technologies come from anywhere   Gil Ayache     207
Evaluating technology development projects: a multiplexity of controllability and uncontrollability   Dominique Jolly     225
Networking for innovation: managing through networks   Mette Moensted     242
References     262
Index     286
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