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Entrepreneurship and Organization : The Role of the Entrepreneur in Organizational Innovation - Michael J. Lynskey

Entrepreneurship and Organization

The Role of the Entrepreneur in Organizational Innovation

By: Michael J. Lynskey (Editor), Seiichiro Yonekura (Editor)

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Published: 1st April 2002
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Entrepreneurship is at the top of the social, political, and economic agenda. It is seen as essential to economic growth and, as a result, policy-makers worldwide are devising strategies that encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity. However, despite the importance attached to entrepreneurship in innovation and economic growth, the entrepreneur remains a strangely elusive and intriguing character.While entrepreneurship has been examined previously from the standpoint of various disciplines such as economics and sociology, this volume focuses on entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial organization from a business history perspective. Well-known international scholars place entrepreneurship in recent historical context and explore organizational innovation in firms from different sectors in America, Europe, and Japan. The coverage spans the entire twentieth century, from the beginnings of the radio communications industry in Europe to the computer networking industry of Silicon Valley, and includes chapters on Bill Gates and Microsoft, corporate renewal in Sony and Samsung, and R&D and leadership succession in large British companies, such as Glaxo, Courtaulds, and Unilever. Other chapters throw light on companies and sectors that are perhaps unfamiliar to English-language readers, such as the German retailing sector, the Spanish motor industry, and Japan's video game business.Three broad themes are addressed in the volume. The first examines the role of the entrepreneur in the creation of new firms and industries, arguably the raison d'être of the entrepreneur. It does so by looking at entrepreneurship in five separate sectors in different countries. The second theme addresses the institutional and organizational factors facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation, for example the role of the venture capital industry, the 'hiving-off' process of entrepreneurship, and corporate renewal by internal entrepreneurship. The final theme investigates entrepreneurship in periods of transition, looking in particular at organizations in Britain and Japan to illustrate examples of corporate success and failure in making transformation.

This collection of papers ... all deal with twentieth-century business history and will be valuable for students of management and business who are looking for case study material. The majority treat firms in modern and major industries, not least electronics and computers, motor cars, and retailing. Several deal with significant business phenomena - hive-off, R&D, succession. The editor's introduction affords a most useful literature survey. To this extent they will satisfy the business school cry for relevance. Business History

Michael J. Lynskey: Introduction Part I: Entrepreneurs and the Creation of New Businesses and Industries 1: Pascal Griset: The Beginnings of the Radio Communications Industry 2: Heidrun Homburg: German Department Store Chains from the 1920s to the 1980s 3: Albert Carreras and Salvador Estapé-Triay: The Spanish Motor Industry, 1930-1975 4: Hiroyuki Yoshida: Nintendo's Home Video Game Business 5: Michael A. Cusumano: The Software Business: Lessons from Bill Gates and Microsoft Part II: Institutional and Organizational Factors Facilitating Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6: Urs von Burg and Martin Kenney: Venture Capital and the Local Area Networking Industry 7: Juro Hashimoto: The Hive-Off Mechanism of Larger Japanese Companies 8: Dong-Sung Cho: The Environment-Creating Mechanism of a Firm: Sony and Samsung Part III: Entrepreneurship in Periods of Transition 9: Sally M. Horrocks: R&D in British Industry 10: Seiichiro Yonekura: Tranformational Entrepreneurship at NEC 11: Mary B. Rose: Leadership Succession in British Business in the 1950s Michael J. Lynskey: Afterword

ISBN: 9780198295976
ISBN-10: 0198295979
Series: Fuji Business History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.68