This book examines entrepreneurship from three interrelated perspectives. Firstly, it links entrepreneurship to innovation and to the generation, transformation and use of knowledge. Secondly, it inserts entrepreneurship in innovation systems of various types- national, sectoral and local. Thirdly, it views entrepreneurship not as a single event but as a process that evolves in time, from the pre-entry experience, to the entrepreneurial act, to the evolution of the entrepreneur and the new company.
With chapters from a range of international contributors, the book answers questions such as; what are the main dimensions of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship? What are the factors affecting its emergence, evolution and performance? How important is knowledge intensive entrepreneurship for European growth and competitiveness? Is the situation of Central and Eastern Europe, engaged in a process of major economic and institutional transformation, similar or different from the one of Western Europe?
Part 1: Introduction 1. Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship and innovation systems in Europe Franco Malerba Part 2: Perspectives on Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship and Innovation Systems 2. The knowledge-based entrepreneur: the need for a relevant theory of the firm Patrick Cohendet, Patrick Llerena 3. What makes entrepreneurship systemic? Slavo Radosevic 4. Academic patents, spin-offs and beyond: the many faces of scientific entrepreneurship Chiara Franzoni, Francesco Lissoni Part 3: Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship and Innovation Systems: The European Case 5. Patterns of Technological Entry in Different Fields: an Analysis of Patent Data Roberto Camerani, Franco Malerba 6. Survival of innovative entrants in knowledge based sectors Stefano Breschi, Franco Malerba, Maria Luisa Mancusi 7. Academic inventors as brokers: An exploratory analysis of the KEINS database Francesco Lissoni 8. New innovators and knowledge intensive entrepreneurship in some European sectoral systems: a field Camilla Lenzi, Kate Bishop, Stefano Breschi,Guido Buenstorf, Patrick Llerena, Franco Malerba, Maria Luisa Mancusi, Maureen McKelvey 9. Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe: Results of a Firm Level Survey Slavo Radosevic, Maja Savic, Richard Woodward 10. Diversity of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurial Firms: Struggling Biotech Firms Despite Opportunities Johan Brink and Maureen McKelvey 11. Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship and International Technology Transfer in the German Laser Industry Guido Buenstorf 12. Are the dynamics of knowledge intensive industries any different? Ricardo Mamede, Daniel Mota, Manuel Mira Godinho 13. Entrepreneurship and Growth David B. Audretsch, Max Keilbach Part 4: Policy Conclusions 14. Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship in Europe: some policy conclusions Franco Malerba, Nicholas Vonortas