1st Edition

Chance and Intent Managing the Risks of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

By David L. Bodde, Caron H. St. John Copyright 2012
    168 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A compact and readable book will help executives, entrepreneurs, and venture investors learn to search out and plan for those enterprise hazards that reside outside the bell curve, the conventional domain of risk:

    • Uncertainty, where outcomes can be characterized in advance, reliable estimates cannot be made for the likelihood that they will occur;
    • Ambiguity, where the events and outcomes cannot be well characterized, in some cases because we cannot imagine them and in others because characterization depends upon the institutional interests or cultural values of the observer; and,
    • Ignorance, where neither likelihood estimates nor well-characterized events enjoy much credibility.

    This edited volume emphasizes practical strategies for understanding and managing the hazards of the new venture in light of recent research. It will help corporate innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors employ a wider spectrum of risk management strategies than is now possible.

     Acknowledgements  Introduction: Some Thoughts at the Beginning Concerning Risk and its Management  Section 1: Decision Making Under Stress and Uncertainty: The Role of Individuals  1. Managing an Entrepreneur’s Risk Taking Propensity Philip Bromiley, Devaki Rau, and Caron St. John  2. Risk Takers and Taking Risks William Gartner and Jianwen Liao  Section 2: Managing Unruly Reality: The Role of the Business Environment  3. Learning from the Unexpected Rita Gunther McGrath  4. Evidence-Based Management for Entrepreneurial Environments: Faster and Better Decisions With Less Risk Jeffrey Pfeffer  5. Betting the Farm David L. Bodde  Section 3: Open Innovation: New Horizons, New Risks  6. Open Innovation From Theory to Practice John T. Wilbanks  7.The Uses and Risks of Open Innovation James A. Euchner  8. Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in the Age of Collective Intelligence Robert Laubacher  Author Biographies


    Dr. David L. Bodde serves as Professor of Engineering at the International Center for Automotive Research, Clemson University. His current research and teaching addresses open-architecture innovation processes and their implications for risk management. He serves on the boards of private equity and publicly traded companies.

    Dr. Caron H. St. John is Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has published in leading scholarly journals including Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and Organizational Research Methods, as well as two textbooks on strategic management. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that address the business, operations, and technology strategies of firms.



    ‘Risk is inherent in all ventures. It can paralyze you or destroy you. Chance and Intent provides an essential reference for investors, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy-makers seeking to prosper in a sea of uncertainty.’- Lawrence D. Burns, Professor of Engineering Practice, and Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, USA

    ‘Successful innovators are master change agents who masterfully manage risk. Chance and Intent thoughtfully and skillfully reflects on both!’-Nicholas M. Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus, Executive VP Innovation & Technology, USA