Knowledge-Driven Entrepreneurship

The Key to Social and Economic Transformation

  • Thomas Andersson
  • Martin G. Curley
  • Piero Formica

Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 3-18
    3. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 19-27
    4. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 29-52
    5. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 53-69
    6. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 71-78
    7. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 79-86
    8. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 109-122
  3. Entrepreneurship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 124-124
    2. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 125-129
    3. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 131-152
    4. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 153-161
    5. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 163-167
    6. Thomas Andersson, Martin G. Curley, Piero Formica
      Pages 169-189
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 201-254

About this book

Introduction

The current economic era, characterized by the rapid and global dissemination of information and capital, has been called the "knowledge age," the "entrepreneurial society," and the "intangibles economy," among other labels. Technological and productivity improvements continue to shift the emphasis from the mastery of physical assets (e.g., natural resources, factories) and physical tools (e.g., machines) to that of intangible assets (e.g., education, R&D projects, brands, patents) and socio-cultural tools (e.g., communities of knowledge practice) as the key to a community’s economic prosperity. The purpose of this book is to build a bridge between knowledge and entrepreneurship, which have traditionally been separated by the walls of academic disciplines. Building on the pioneering work of Peter Drucker and William Baumol, the authors explore the intricate relationships among knowledge generation, innovation, new business creation, and the institutions that support them. Demonstrating direct links between the flow and application of knowledge, innovations in products and processes, the development of new enterprises, and generation of economic wealth, the authors strongly argue that these assets must be protected and sustained through national and regional institutions that encourage creativity and experimentation. Employing illustrative examples from around the world, the authors focus on the crucial role of societies to educate and support entrepreneurs and establish the right environment for new business development and rapid conversion of ideas into enterprises that contribute to economic growth and prosperity.

Keywords

Business Business ecosystem Change Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Industry cluster Innovation Knowledge economy Knowledge management Knowledge policy Knowledge transfer Management Research and development (R&D) Technology management productivity

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Andersson
    • 1
  • Martin G. Curley
    • 2
  • Piero Formica
    • 3
  1. 1.Jönköping Int. Business SchoolJönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.Co. KildareIreland
  3. 3.BolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1188-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1187-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1188-9
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