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Entrepreneurship and the Industry Life Cycle

The Changing Role of Human Capital and Competences

  • Serena Cubico
  • Giuseppe Favretto
  • João Leitão
  • Uwe Cantner


  • Studies the complex relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge competencies, considering industry dynamics

  • Brings together leading international cases along the industry life cycle

  • Provides solid theoretical reviews and robust empirical applications on knowledge competencies and human capital


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Serena Cubico, Giuseppe Favretto, João Leitão, Uwe Cantner
    Pages 1-9
  3. Entrepreneurial and Knowledge Competences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Giovanna Gianesini, Serena Cubico, Giuseppe Favretto, João Leitão
      Pages 13-32
    3. Stefano Noventa, Serena Cubico, Maddalena Formicuzzi, Piermatteo Ardolino, Giuseppe Favretto, Francesco Ciabuschi et al.
      Pages 59-90
    4. Daniel Pittino, Francesca Visintin, Cristiana Compagno
      Pages 91-106
  4. Innovative Networks and Entrepreneurial Activities

  5. Entrepreneurship for Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Ajay K. Jain, Shalini Srivastava, Serena Cubico
      Pages 301-311
    3. Carlos José Lopes Balsas
      Pages 329-340

About this book


Adopting evolutionary and behavioral approaches, this volume presents the latest research advances in knowledge competencies and human capital, as well as the changing structural dynamics, highlighting their links with entrepreneurial activities. It provides a set of international, benchmark case studies on initiatives (at the national, regional or individual level) geared towards entrepreneurship development. Focusing on diverse environments, systems and life cycle stages: young, established and transition industries and markets; as well as regions, it offers a valuable guide for scholars and practitioners interested in the interaction of entrepreneurship, knowledge competencies, human resources management and innovation.


Behavioral approaches to entrepreneurship Benchmarking case studies Entrepreneurial systems Evolutionary entrepreneurship Human resource management and entrepreneurship Industry life cycle analysis Stages of entrepreneurship

Editors and affiliations

  • Serena Cubico
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Favretto
    • 2
  • João Leitão
    • 3
  • Uwe Cantner
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Management and EconomicsUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  4. 4.Friedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany

About the editors

Serena Cubico is Assistant Professor of Management at Department of Business Administration, University of Verona in Italy. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and prior to entering academia she was working as Consultant for small and medium sized business (entrepreneurship, human resources management, training, career guidance), and as Coordinator of the Youth Entrepreneurial Centre - University of Verona. Her main research areas are: Entrepreneurship (youth and female, education, start up); Organizational Behavior in SMEs; Family Business; Entrepreneurial Competencies and Potential (identification, assessment, measurement).

Giuseppe Favretto is Full Professor of Management at the Department of Business Administration, University of Verona in Italy. He teaches Management, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior at Verona, Padova and Urbino Universities. Previously, he was Vice-Rector of the University of Verona; founder and director of research centres (Youth Entrepreneurial Centre; Mobbing and Organizational Well-being Research Center; Assessment Centre). He has authored more than 340 publications on Entrepreneurship; Organizational Behavior; Organizational Well-being, Stress, and Mobbing; Family Business.  

João Leitão is Assistant Professor (tenured) lecturing economics and entrepreneurship. He holds a Habilitation in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship; and a Ph.D. in Economics.  He is associate researcher of the CEG-IST, University of Lisbon and external research fellow at Instituto Multidisciplinar de Empresa, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. He is author and co-author of scientific books on benchmarking, clusters, cooperation networks, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, innovation, competitiveness and quality of life. He won the National Prize of Innovation, 2017 and the Best Paper Award of the Interdisciplinary European Conference in Entrepreneurial Research – IECER 2012. His research work has been published in several indexed journals. His research interests include: entrepreneurship, innovation and public policies.

Uwe Cantner is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Jena, and heads the Chair of Microeconomics. Economics of Innovation, Evolutionary Economics, Industrial Economics. Since 2011 he is also Professor of Economics (part-time) at the University of Southern Denmark, and is the director of “The Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change", and the spokesperson for the DFG Graduate College “The Economics of Innovative Change”. Since 2015 he is part of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation - EFI) which advises the German Federal Government.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Entrepreneurship and the Industry Life Cycle
  • Book Subtitle The Changing Role of Human Capital and Competences
  • Editors Serena Cubico
    Giuseppe Favretto
    João Leitão
    Uwe Cantner
  • Series Title Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Stud. Entrepreneurship, Struct. Change, Indust. Dynamics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-89335-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07743-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-89336-5
  • Series ISSN 2511-2023
  • Series E-ISSN 2511-2031
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 376
  • Number of Illustrations 35 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entrepreneurship
    Institutional/Evolutionary Economics
    Human Resource Management
    Industrial Organization
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