Title: Tracking knowledge angels: a research proposal

Authors: Emmanuel Muller

Addresses: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany; Universite Louis Pasteur Strasbourg I, France; University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract: This research note aims at presenting a new concept: the |knowledge angels|, i.e., the specific individuals acting within Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) who are potentially explaining the innovativeness of this type of firm. So far, the individual motivations and specific knowledge value-added of the key actors inside KIBS are not the object of targeted investigations. The working hypotheses that are related to the existence and possible detection of knowledge angels are explored.

Keywords: knowledge-intensive business services; KIBS; knowledge angels; creativity; innovativeness; innovation; individual motivation; specific knowledge; value-added.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2008.022128

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2008 Vol.10 No.2/3/4, pp.343 - 348

Published online: 19 Dec 2008 *

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