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New Technology-based Firms in the 1990s Vol: 6

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04 Oct 1999
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
324 pages - 156 x 234 x 19mm
New Technology-based Firms in the New Millennium
The selected papers in this volume bear witness to a maturing of High Technology Small Firms (HTSF) research. In the past, HTSF research has produced some solid findings, but also several paradoxes: shedding more light on the unintended and paradoxical effects of technology developments regarding HTSFs is now one of the aims of research in this field, and an observed change in the focus of the research agenda is reflected in this book. Although many of the topics have also been covered in earlier volumes, a gradual shift from descriptive case or survey studies to more explanatory studies, with an objective of understanding the processes that drive HTSF development, now becomes apparent. Researchers from different backgrounds increasingly strive to apply and integrate theoretical traditions that focus on the individual firm, regional and wider environmental levels. As a result of this shift, topics such as financing, internationalisation or firm development are viewed more from a perspective of networking and cooperation, or of development and growth. The understanding of how to promote cooperation and networking will probably remain on the HTSF research agenda for some years to come; the development and growth processes of HTSFs, within the context of clusters and networks, will also be high on the agenda in the next decade.
Part headings and selected papers: Introduction. Understanding High-Technology Small Firms development: a multi level approach (W. During et al.). Co-operation and Networking. The greatness of being small in business networks (H. Hakansson et al.). Strategic innovation networks: managing high technology in mature small firms (M. Beckinsale, O. Jones). Partnering strategy for small technology-based firms: an empirical analysis - the case of the US biotechnology industry (N. Chaillou). Establishing the role for a new technology: the case of virtual reality (T. Watts, J, Butler). Uncertainty as motivation or when nerds rush in: a counterculture to managing routines (P.H. Christensen, M. Monsted). Clusters and clustering: genesis, evolution and results (J. Kuijper, Hans van der Stappen). Partnership development modelling and a typology for accurate manufacturing in the textile and garment industries (M. Romao, H. O'Neill) Analysis of innovation-oriented networking between R&D intensive small firms and knowledge-intensive business services: empirical evidence from France and Germany (E. Muller, A. Zenker). Sectoral differences in the location and operations of high technology small firms: some issues for economic development (S. Cooper). Development and Growth. Developing high-tech classification schemes: a competency-based approach (J. Baldwin, G. Gellatly). How small biotechnology firms survive in the Dutch pharmaceutical industry: an exploratory analysis (M. van Geenhuizen). Core competence and transaction costs in technology intensive organizations (A. Gourlay et al.). British and Swedish science parks and incubators for small technology-base firms (A. Lindholm Dahlstrand). The deployment of strategies for growth within NTBFs in the Aberdeen area of Scotland (W. Keogh et al.).

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