1st Edition

Knowledge Spillover-based Strategic Entrepreneurship

Edited By João J. Ferreira, Leo-Paul Dana, Vanessa Ratten Copyright 2017
    316 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is about the role of knowledge spillovers and strategic entrepreneurship in the management context. It focuses on how knowledge spillovers and strategic entrepreneurship are crucial to the process of creative destruction and construction.

    The book aims to provide insights into and discussion on how firms combine entrepreneurial action that creates new opportunities for industries, regions and economies. This book is first of its kind to link knowledge management perspectives to strategic entrepreneurship to understand the co-creation process. Being interdisciplinary in nature, this book appeals to entrepreneurship and knowledge management scholars, students and practitioners.


    1. Knowledge Spillover-based Strategic Entrepreneurship: An overview (Vanessa Ratten, Léo-Paul Dana and João J. Ferreira)

    Part I: Knowledge Spillovers in Multiple Contexts

    2. Knowledge Spillovers and Economic Performance of Firms Located in Depressed Areas: Does Geographical Proximity Matter? (Liliana Araújo, Sandra Tavares Silva and Aurora A.C. Teixeira)

    3. The Role of Multinationals in Creating Export Spilovers as an Additional Process to Productivity Spillovers: Evidence from Turkey (Burcu Fazlıoğlu and Başak Dalgıç)

    4. Relational Spillovers and Knowledge Creation Across European Regions: Are There Differences Across R&D Institutional Sectors? (Daniela Di Cagno, Andrea Fabriz, Valentina Meliciani and Wanzenböck Iris)

    5. How to Boost Knowledge-spillover Effects in Disadvantaged Regions? (Manuela F. Neves, João J. Ferreira and Fernando Ferreira)

    Part II: Strategic Entrepreneurship and Knowledge

    6. Institutional Entrepreneurship: A New Interconnectivity between Government-University-Enterprises in Wuhan Future Technology City of China (Connie Zheng)

    7. The Performance of the Academic KIBS Firms in a ‘Moderate Innovator’ Country: A Longitudinal Analysis (Sara Fernández-López, María Jesús Rodríguez-Gulías and David Rodeiro-Pazos)

    8. Ambidexterity Revisited: The Influence of Structure and Context and the Dilemma Exploration vs. Exploitation (José Ricardo C. Andrade, João J. Ferreira and Vanessa Ratten)

    9. Learning to Compete: Entrepreneurial Roles Exploiting Knowledge Spillovers (Ronald C Beckett and Gerard Berendsen)

    Part III: Strategic and International Knowledge

    10. Interconnectivity between Academic Organizations and Established Firms for a Strategic and Knowledge Fostering Purpose: An Exploratory Study in an Emerging Economy (Fernando Herrera, Maribel Guerrero and David Urbano)

    11. International Knowledge Transfer From Kodak To ITRI: A Strategic Alliance Learning Perspective (Frank Shiu, Connie Zheng and Mei-chih Hu)

    12. Heterogeneous Professional Identities as an Intra-Sectoral Knowledge Filter (Daniel Feser and Till Proeger)

    13. From Knowledge to Innovation: A Review on the Evolution of the Absorptive Capacity Concept (Dennis Lyth Frederiksen and Alexander Brem)

    14. Knowledge Spillovers and Innovation Spaces in Australia (Paul K. Couchman, Andrew O’Loughlin, Ian McLoughlin and Vanessa Ratten)


    15. Future Research Directions for Knowledge Spillovers and Strategic Entrepreneurship (Vanessa Ratten, Léo-Paul Dana and João J. Ferreira)



    João J. Ferreira is Associate Professor in Management at the University of Beira Interior and NECE Research Unit in Business Sciences, Portugal.

    Leo-Paul Dana is Professor at Montpellier Business School, France.

    Vanessa Ratten is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe University, Australia.

    ‘This is an exciting book that I would use with Masters or MBA students working on strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. In connecting these topics to detailed understandings knowledge spillovers, it really meets the needs of managers and policy makers in the 21st century. The wide range of contexts covered in the chapters give an international dimension too.’Lorraine Warren, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Massey University, New Zealand

    ‘The book Knowledge Spillover-based Strategic Entrepreneurship is an excellent contribution to a new field of research combining knowledge spillover theories and entrepreneurship on a strategic level. It is clear, concise and well-written and will be an outstanding contribution for both scholars and master students, especially in the field of International Entrepreneurship.’Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Management, University of Southern Denmark

    ‘This book provides some fascinating new insights into the emerging field of knowledge spillovers and strategic entrepreneurship. The book is well researched and insightful. It provides a well-balanced collection of authors discussing the field from different theoretical perspectives. Because of the potential of the field, the interesting collection of contributions and the novel insights, I recommend this book for all academic scholars, practitioners and policy makers in the fields of strategic entrepreneurship, regional development and strategic management.’Geert Duysters, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tilburg School of Economics and Management

    ‘The new book entitled Knowledge Spillover-based Strategic Entrepreneurship provides a much-needed overview of nascent research on knowledge spillover theory in the context of entrepreneurial firms. Its eclectic mix of chapters captures the essence of how, why and when knowledge spillover is important to entrepreneurs and their firms and provides useful information for both practitioners and academics interested in learning about strategic entrepreneurship.’Bo Nielsen, Professor of Business Strategy, The University of Sydney Business School

    ‘The book will allow entrepreneurs to better understand why knowledge spillovers are particularly important for start-ups suffering the liability of being new and small. With limited financial and technological resources, start-ups endeavor to identify and capture knowledge spillovers at a limited cost, to seize market opportunities, and to survive develop their capabilities. […] This is a well-written, clear, easy-to-read, and insightful book. It provides a well-balanced gathering of theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative research in various settings, and a large variety of countries in which empirical studies have been conducted, including Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, Netherland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States, are cited. This book is highly suitable for scholars, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and master’s students. I recommend the use of this book in MBA and master’s classes of knowledge management, entrepreneurship, innovation management, and strategic management.’Laurent Scaringella, Assistant Professor, Rennes School of Business, France

    'The book edited by João J. Ferreira, Leo-Paul Dana and Vanessa Ratten, which brings together more than 30 internationally recognized experts in the field of KS and entrepreneurship, is a decisive step forward in the exploitation and exploration of this new paradigm. The paradigmatic nature of KSTE is illustrated, in the chapters of this book, in particular, by the ability of KSTE to integrate a wide variety of problems, in different contexts, at different analytical levels (micro, meso and macro), and within different scientific disciplines. […] Each chapter of this book contributes important insights to our understanding of knowledge spillover and strategic entrepreneurship, and the book as a whole provides essential research avenues on the theme.' — International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Volume 23, Issue 4