This tenth volume from the annual International High Technology Small Firms Conference adds to substantial specialist work on growth problems of New Technology Based Firms (NTBFs). This series represents a clear case where the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts and, in view of recent continuing favourable reviews, provides a body of work that is the authoritative voice on NTBF research. Contributors to this series include all the major experts on NTBFs, many making multiple contributions.Key themes emerged from the 2002 conference, some continuing well-established agendas, while other topics were new. Indeed, academics interested in the evolution of this research may use the series to monitor how the mix of interests has evolved over the past decade.Following an editorial introduction, this volume comprises papers grouped in four topic areas. The first of these topics is Strategy, a key NTBF topic given that rapid technological change and long product lead times render choices on product development of critical importance. Although NTBF formation has been a core conferenc theme since its inception, interest has recently intensified, a concern reflected in the second sub-section on "Spin offs".The third sub-section concerns the recently emerged "hot topic" of Clusters and their role in promoting NTBF formation and growth, while the fourth and final-subsection of this volume is concerned with Networking. Many of the spatial issues raised regarding clusters are pursued in the Networking section at an organisational level. The well established nature of certain topics (e.g. Strategy, Spin offs, and Networking) bear witness, both to the enduring relevance of key research areas, and to how our understanding of these issues has improved over a decade of conferences and subsequent books.
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK|
|Number of pages||322|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|