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Know-who Based Entrepreneurship: From Knowledge Creation to Business Implementation Paperback – 30 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd (30 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848443110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848443112
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,490,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'How can we build stronger bridges between scientific knowledge creation and corporate value creation for accelerated growth through innovation in business and society? Sigvald Harryson makes an excellent illustration of how to build these bridges in practice and how to manage the critical dimensions of human relationships and researcher mobility. The case of Bang & Olufsen shows that industry-university collaboration can both lead to scientific breakthroughs and have a strong business impact. The case also illustrates how the teacher exception rule can give Sweden a competitive advantage in terms of industry-university collaboration at PhD level.'- Per Eriksson, Director General, VINNOVA'The bigger the company and the more specialized the know-how we use, the more appropriate a know-who based approach becomes: After four calls at the latest, we usually have the right person on the phone. But there is more in this idea. Sigvald Harryson gives us many new hints with his groundbreaking case studies and smart application of theories.'- Roman Boutellier, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland 'Know-Who Based Entrepreneurship solves the complex challenges of breakthrough innovation by arguing and illustrating how to capture the mutual benefits of groundbreaking exploration and global exploitation. In essence, you need to clearly distinguish between the two activities while using intelligent networks to integrate the results. Based on this fundamental principle, we decided to spin off our breakthrough technology B&O ICEpower for continued ice-breaking exploration and expanded value creation into fundamentally new segments.'- Karsten Nielsen, Founder and CTO of Bang & Olufsen ICEpower'How can a large company capture the benefits of smallness to make big breakthroughs? Can a company enjoy decades of growth without losing the spirit of entrepreneurship? These questions are by no means new, but so are the answers and examples provided in this insightful book. Sigvald Harryson brings unique best-practice examples from different industries into a new managerial framework. Know-Who Based Entrepreneurship explores fundamentally new ways of combining the full benefits of small and big.'- Bo Risberg, Member of the Executive Board, Hilti Corporation'Know-Who Based Entrepreneurship is a thought-provoking, insightful, and practice-based exploration of the network-based entrepreneurship. Not only does it offer insightful case examples of successful entrepreneurships, it also provides a useful framework to understand why these entrepreneurs were successful. If entrepreneurship, business and social network, and knowledge management interests you, you do not want to miss this book.'- --Ikujiro Nonaka, Hitotsubashi University, Japan


In this book, Sigvald Harryson demonstrates how to use know-who based networking to increase knowledge whilst reducing complexity. He reveals new synergies between external and internal knowledge networking that promise to enhance the innovation performance of any transitional, transnational company. This book develops and builds upon knowledge in the interconnected areas of entrepreneurship and networking across different levels and units of analysis. In-depth studies of a wealth of absolute best practice companies are explored, illustrating how concrete management practices can be established to acquire and then transform science into sales in more time and cost-efficient ways. A unique framework is developed to overcome the dichotomies between knowledge creation and business implementation.Through this, the author provides the necessary foundations from which profitable growth through innovation (GTI) can be developed: identification and analysis of the most important barriers to entrepreneurship; enabling factors and intelligence processes required for forceful innovation; and, a GTI process for application in practice.

"Know-Who Based Entrepreneurship" shows that the knowledge and innovation process is no longer limited to intracorporate know-how, but has now expanded to encompass global know-how.

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