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Entrepreneurial learning in Italian high-tech start-ups : an exploratory study

De Massis, Alfredo and Minola, Tommaso and Viviani, Diego (2012) Entrepreneurial learning in Italian high-tech start-ups : an exploratory study. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 11 (1). pp. 94-114. ISSN 1471-8197

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Many academics agree with the opinion that small firms are more suitable than bigger ones to manage radical innovations. However, empirical observations show that about 60% of high-tech start-ups fail within six years, and this is found to be due to lack of learning. We analyse along which dimensions and how entrepreneurs learn in reaction to external stimuli triggered by the stakeholders, considering the effects of frame-oriented and experimental learning, contingent to external context. A multiple case study on five Italian high-tech start-ups has lastly been conducted, obtaining some useful results on the directions to pursue a successful learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Innovation and Learning
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurial learning ; EL ; new technology-based firms ; NTBF ; entrepreneurship ; change ; innovation ; high-tech opportunities ; Italy
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
ID Code: 64665
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 May 2013 11:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 02:14
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