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Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A Competency Framework

ISBN 9780415742535
Published April 1, 2015 by Routledge
346 Pages - 110 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents a new model, the competency framework, for students, innovators, entrepreneurs, managers, and anyone who wants to better understand the dynamic world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Focused on both the individual and strategic organizational level, this book is about people and the competencies each person needs to learn to be successful in creating a more dynamic future. Matthews and Brueggemann’s framework for innovation and entrepreneurship competencies empowers individuals to excel at innovation and new venture creation.

It provides a practical guide and clear and concise understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences that are needed to increase imagination, creativity, innovation and new venture creation capability. Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be attractive for students of entrepreneurship, innovation, management and cross-disciplinary classes, such as design thinking.

Presented in a modular format, Innovation & Entrepreneurship informs the future direction of people and technology, as well as the educational systems producing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Based on extensive academic research, this book is organized into two sections: Twelve innovation elements and twelve competency categories. The elements are the foundation and the competency categories are the building blocks that inform our path toward a more precise understanding of how innovation and entrepreneurship plays an important role in economic development and our daily lives.

Table of Contents


1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Importance

2. The Elements of Innovation

3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competencies

4. Innovative Behaviors

5. Innovation and Thinking

6. Problem Solving

7. Knowledge Building

8. Creativity Insights

9. Culture Building

10. Innovation Theory

11. Entrepreneurship

12. Innovation Strategy

13. Catalytic Leadership

14. Ecosystems Interdependencies

15. Technology Accelerators

16. The Importance of Intellectual Property

17. Applying Innovation Process

18. Creating a Learning Architecture

About the Authors


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Charles H. Matthews is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research, and former Director of the Small Business Institute® at the University of Cincinnati, USA. He is an internationally recognized scholar and innovative teacher in the field of entrepreneurship.

Ralph Brueggemann is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati, USA. He has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of leadership, management, product management, quality improvement, and technology management in multiple business sectors. He has managed the development of commercial software products and applications, from mobile to high-end software systems.


"I was excited to learn that Chuck Matthews and Ralph Brueggermann teamed up to produce a book on entrepreneurship and innovation. They did not disappoint. The word ‘entrepreneurship’ conjures up different images in people's minds, but it has become evident that the critical contribution of entrepreneurs is through innovation. Innovation and Entrepreneurship introduces readers to actions they can take in creating new ventures, innovating within larger organizations, and even in making societies more competitive." - Frank Hoy, Director of Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA