This volume is part of a growing body of work that maps the evolution of high technology small firm research over almost a complete decade since 1993. Begun during a period of relative neglect of high technology small firms (HTSFs) during the early 1990s, the book series has witnessed, and perhaps played some part in creating, a resurgence of interest in this type and scale of enterprise in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe by the turn of the century. Throughout this period, specific interest within the high technology small firm study area has ebbed and flowed, with some rather obviously important issues (e.g. policy and finance) often to the fore, while new and resurrected areas of concern have also contributed to the research agenda. Perhaps the best example of resurrection has been the rebirth of interest in the subject of clustering (or agglomeration) as it applies to HTSFs, notably led by Michael Porter. This interest has extended, and put a new slant upon, work consistently well represented in these volumes on networking. This trend is evidenced by the presence of four papers in the concluding Part IV of this volume on "Clusters and Networks".Earlier themes comprise groups of papers on "Science Parks and University Spin offs" (Part II), and "Markets, Strategy and Globalization" (Part III). Both individually and in aggregate, this series of books on HTSF development and growth issues represents a "one stop shop" for all those seeking to gain a broad understanding of the evolution of HTSF research since 1993 by providing a record of the manner in which this research agenda has evolved over these years.
Introduction: A continuing research agenda, R. Oakey; Supporting high technology start-ups - the Scottish experience, H. Ross. Science Parks/University "Spin-Offs": The impact of a university spin-off programme - the case of NTBFs established through TOP, P. van der Sijde et al; Growth and innovation support in Swedish science parks and incubators, A. Lindholm Dahlstrand, M. Klofsten; A closer look at the process of transformation of scientific and technological knowledge as conducted by academic spin-offs, M. Fontes; The development of high technology enterprise from HEIs - some methodological considerations, E. Chell, K. Allman. Market, Strategy and Globalization: Hotmail & Co - the emergence of electronic messaging and the growth of four entrepreneurial entrants, O. Hugo, E. Garnsey; Market orientation in young high technology firms - results of an in-depth case study, S. Petzold-Dumeynieux; Exporting SMEs, models and assumptions - internationalization of a contrasted set of both high tech and craft small and medium sized enterprises, D. Hunt, P. Kirwan; Strategic management in UK engineering and electronics SMEs - a factor analysis, K. Mole et al; Entraining local knowledge for global competitiveness, D.J. Bower. Clusters and Networking: SMEs, growth, networks and the Internet - a strategic perspective, M. Beckinsale, M. Levy; Alliances between HTSFs and their partners - a multi-dimensional process approach, A.J. Groen et al; Innovation, small firms and clustering - insights from the British broadcasting industry, G.A.S. Cook, N.R. Pandit; The virtual organization and benefits for small firms - a case study from the biotechnology industry, U. Weisenfeld et al; The role of venture capital in the development of high technology clusters - the case of Ottawa, C. Mason et al.