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.
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
Contents: Introduction Poul Rind Christensen and Flemming Poulfelt 1. One Decade Later: Following up the `Groena 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 Frederic 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 Monsted 9. Business Angels Investing at Early Stages: Are They Different? Nils Mansson and Hans Landstroem 10. Internationalization of New Ventures: Mediating Role of Entrepreneur and Top Management Team Experience Johanna Pulkkinen Index