Internet Entrepreneurship in Europe: Venture Failure and the Timing of Telecommunications Reform

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Waesche, a German business consultant, explores the hypothesis of a global opportunity for technology innovation delivered through the Internet, and why Europe failed to produce independent Internet ventures of note despite the tremendous changes of the 1990s, and a leveller playing field with Americans than for other areas of high technology business. He investigates the tension between the New Economy touted by adherents of the Internet, and contemporary research on innovation and technology development in economics and the political sciences, by looking at actual developments in Europe generally and especially in Germany. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843761358
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 334

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Uneven development and internet entrepreneurship in Europe 1
Pt. I Global Opportunity
2 The global growth of the internet and the role of the United States 33
3 Unregulation and the death of distance 63
Pt. II National Political Economy
4 Institutional reform and political compromise 95
5 Incumbent telecommunications operator strategy and internet access 133
6 Survey of internet entrepreneurship in Germany 174
7 Varieties of internet venture development in Europe: The Swedish case 191
8 Conclusion: The timing of policy reform and internet entrepreneurship in Europe 239
App. A Procedure and results of the globalstartup survey 254
App. B: Interviews 285
App. C Selected financial figures for international telecommunications operators 295
App. D Internet advertising expenditures and the number of internet users by country 299
Bibliography 302
Index 329
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