Title: Entrepreneurship and innovation at work and schools: the Greek paradigm

Authors: Spyros J. Vliamos

Addresses: Department of Philosophy and History of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, GR 157 71, Athens, Greece

Abstract: Rapid technological changes in Global markets today, which require rapid responses of markets, make innovation development a prerequisite. Businesses exploit new ideas to create new products, processes or services and new methods of organisation. In knowledge economies, entrepreneurship is linked with innovation and novel practices. Studies have shown that entrepreneurial activity may not be related to the level of economic welfare, as new entrepreneurs are pushed by the need and not the opportunity motive. Therefore, high levels of |need| entrepreneurs are met in low development economies. Greece lies in the 18th position of the world classification (2004). Greek Governments foster entrepreneurship by supporting innovative practices at labour markets (bottom-up development policy) and schools (education policies promoting attitude stimulation and creativity development).

Keywords: entrepreneurship; innovation management; Greek economy; GEM; global entrepreneurship monitor; Greece; total entrepreneurship activity index; knowledge economies; knowledge societies; entrepreneurship education; liaison offices; spin-offs; human networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2008.023834

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2008 Vol.8 No.6, pp.686 - 700

Available online: 14 Mar 2009 *

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