Title: Innovation management in networks of entrepreneurial firms

Authors: Martin Luggen, Beat Birkenmeier, Harald Brodbeck

Addresses: Swiss Forum for Technology and Innovation Management (SFTIM), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Kettelerstrasse 17, CH-3900 Brig-Glis, Switzerland. ' Business Results GmbH, Siewerdtstrasse 105, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland. ' Business Results GmbH, Siewerdtstrasse 105, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract: The emergence of the knowledge era has put firms in a far more demanding environment. The abundance of information placed at the disposal of companies, shorter product life cycles and more demanding customers have become the norm. In this turbulent environment, technology-based entrepreneurial firms, such as New Technology-Based Firms (NTBF), are coping with enormous challenges to develop and deliver competitive products in spite of limited internal resources such as money, reputation and knowledge. Networks allow the entrepreneurs to overcome this resource shortage by tapping external resources without losing their flexibility and efficiency. This article introduces an innovation management process for participative networks of entrepreneurial firms, which covers the idea finding, project developing and innovation project phases. Based on interview case studies in Switzerland, management practices are described.

Keywords: entrepreneurial firms; innovation management; network management; new technology-based firms; NTBF; radical innovations; technological innovation; entrepreneurship; Switzerland; entrepreneurial networks; collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2005.006498

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2005 Vol.5 No.1/2, pp.69 - 84

Available online: 17 Mar 2005 *

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