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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management
Entrepreneurs and Enterprises in a Turbulent World
In an uncertain economy where business risk is high, innovation is at the heart of business.
To understand the process of innovation, from the design and development of new products to the price of the creative dimension of the individual, studying the company and the organization is essential.
In new approaches to innovation, the entrepreneur and the company are defined by their skills. The...
Building 21st Century Entrepreneurship
Innovation and Technology Set – Volume 2
Entrepreneurship develops around the world in accordance to the
different cultural, political, economic and social contexts.
Governments promote entrepreneurship as a way to improve economic growth. As capitalism changes, entrepreneurship also changes.
This book describes some of the new profiles of entrepreneurs that are creating the entrepreneurial economy of the 21st Century. It presen...
Current and Emerging Issues in the Audiovisual Industry
Diverse and Global Perspectives on Value Creation Set – Volume 1
This book focuses on the challenges of competition in television broadcasting markets. The issues that arise with the transforming audiovisual industry are observed with a focus on audiences and consumers. The ideas collected here are the result of years of market observation, conversations with media managers and trend analysis. Although some of the examples provided come from the Spanish market,...
International Specialization Dynamics
Smart Innovation Set – Volume 9
This book studies the dynamics of international industrial and technological specializations over the past 40 years by primarily focusing on two key structural analysis frameworks: the social network analysis and the economic dominance theory.
International Specialization Dynamics presents an overview of the globalization of trade of industrial goods from the end of the 20th Century. Structural...
Location Strategies and Value Creation of International Mergers and Acquisitions
The globalization of markets and changes in the economic environment are prompting companies to accelerate their international expansion through mergers and acquisitions. The research presented in this book is based on a sample of 395 mergers and acquisitions carried out by French companies worldwide. It has two components: (1) the study of the purchaser's choice to undertake operations in mature ...
The Gamification of Work
The Use of Games in the Workplace
Working organizations regularly use games for their training activities or communications in the workplace. The increasing use of serious games by businesses cannot obscure the use, for several decades, of “situation” games: role-playing, simulation and “scenarios” that support many training, learning, awareness and teambuilding sessions in companies. This use of social games, constantly renewed b...
Smart Innovation Set – Volume 8
The concept of the entrepreneur as a driver of innovation and a creator of wealth and employment has evolved over centuries, through theories which are outlined in this book and analyzed within their historical context.
Economists such as Cantillon, Say, Schumpeter, Audretsch, Casson and Baumol have studied the phenomenon of the entrepreneur since the 18th Century. The role it plays within societ...
The Hermeneutic Side of Responsible Research and Innovation
Responsible Research and Innovation Set – Volume 5
Responsible research and innovation (RRI) has become an intensely debated concept for shaping future science, technology and innovation. This book is dedicated to the first steps of emerging RRI debates. Its main message is that the object of responsibility must be extended: beyond scrutinizing the responsibility for possible consequences of new science and technology in a more distant future. It ...
Precautionary Principle, Pluralism and Deliberation
Science and Ethics
This volume tackles the burden of judgment and the challenges of ethical disagreements, organizes the cohabitation of scientific and ethical argumentations in such a way they find their appropriate place in the political decision. It imagines several forms of agreements and open ways of conflict resolution that are very different compared with ones of the majority of political philosophers and pol...
Collective Intelligence Development in Business
Diversity in business has always been a source of both benefits and challenges: “This person definitely has some good ideas, but I cannot work with them – they never see things in the same way!”.
Evidently, the expression of egos and of individual differences within a company can provoke a number of counter-productive issues, in a world where flexibility and efficiency are essential to performanc...
Innovations and Techno-ecological Transition
Smart Innovation Set - Volume 7
This book aims to present a systemic perspective on the techno-ecologic transition to a decarbonated society. The transition towards a low-carbon society is currently an important political, technological, economical and social issue. This transition implies a paradigmatic shift in energy production and energy consumption, in human interaction with natural resources. It questions the way of develo...
Banking Governance, Performance and Risk-Taking
Conventional Banks Vs Islamic Banks
Development of emerging countries is often enabled through non-conventional finance. Indeed, the prohibition of interest and some other impediments require understanding conventional finance and Islamic finance, which both seek to be ethical and socially responsible.
Thus, comparing and understanding the features of Islamic banking and conventional banking, in a globalized economy, is fundamental...
Security and Privacy in the Digital Era
Innovation and Technology Set – Volume 1
“The state, that must eradicate all feelings of insecurity, even potential ones, has been caught in a spiral of exception, suspicion and oppression that may lead to a complete disappearance of liberties.” (Mireille Delmas Marty, Libertés et sûreté dans un monde dangereux, 2010)
This book will examine the security/freedom duo in space and time with regards to electronic communications and techn...
Knowledge Management and Innovation
Interaction, Collaboration, Openness
This book explores the relationships between knowledge management (KM) processes and innovation management.
The geographical extension of markets and intensification of competition have led firms to experiment with novel approaches to innovation. New organizational forms emerged in which firms collaborate with various stakeholders to create, absorb, integrate and protect knowledge. This book expl...
The digital economy is now expanding rapidly, and is starting to overturn the past achievements of the Industrial Revolution. Initially engaging in the world of services, it is now turning to the manufacture of objects. Just as microcomputing evolved from large scale computing to more personal use, and as the Internet left behind the world of armies and universities to become universal, industrial...
Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology and Short Supply Chain
Smart Innovation Set - Volume 4
In contrast to the linear “take-make-dispose” model of resource consumption, a new industrial model is proposed in the form of a circular economy. This model aims to optimize the use of resources and to reduce or eliminate waste, and is based on re-use, repair, ecodesign, industrial ecology, sustainable supply and responsible consumption.
Industrial ecology and short supply chains can contribute ...
Corporate Takeover Targets
The term “takeover”, of which the first form is mergers and acquisitions (M&A), refers to the transfer of control of a business from one group of shareholders to another. Considering the importance of this issue and the real drives behind takeovers, it has become imperative to identifying companies that are vulnerable to takeover by two types: tender offer and exchange offer.
This book thus prese...
Sequencing Apple’s DNA
This book aims to extract the “molecular genes” leading to craziness! Geniuses are the ones who are “crazy enough to think they can change the world” and boldly go where no one has gone before. Where no past habit and usage are available, there is no proof of viability, as nobody has done it yet, or even imagined it, and no roadmap for guidance or market study has come up with it.
The authors ca...
Social Business and Base of the Pyramid
Levers for Strategic Renewal
This book analyzes how social business and base of the pyramid approaches allow companies to reinvent themselves, or in other words how they are the levers for strategic renewal.
It highlights the constraints and possible difficulties encountered in the process of corporate renewal, drawing on individual and collective restraints to outline the key themes for a company’s successful transition. ...
Team Coordination in Extreme Environments
Work Practices and Technological Uses under Uncertainty
The development and coordination of managerial devices to help businesses cope with the numerous challenges they face have been the subject of many empirical analyses in recent years.
This books draws from these studies to answer the question of how to coordinate a team in extreme environments. Embracing a practice-based perspective, it identifies work practices and technological uses that improv...
Innovation Capabilities and Economic Development in Open Economies
Smart Innovation Set - Volume 1
The Smart Innovation set presents topics linked to the technological, entrepreneurial, territorial and economic dynamics of innovation. It favors innovating approaches of actors who, through their behaviors, strategies and policies of smart innovation, modify economic models with a view to sustainable growth.
Apart from poverty and conflict, the consequences of technological advances, of the g...
The second of two books making up a comprehensive treatise on sustainability for a variety of academic and executive readers in all walks of post-modern activities.
Following on from the first book, in which the authors discuss the mechanisms underlying sustainability and the principles to be taken into account to define its technologies (in the etymological sense), this second book implements th...
Hazardous Forecasts and Crisis Scenario Generator
This book presents a crisis scenario generator with black swans, black butterflies and worst case scenarios. It is the most useful scenario generator that can be used to manage assets in a crisis-prone period as it gives more reliable values for Value at Risk (VaR), Conditional Value at Risk (CVaR) and Tail Value at Risk (TVaR).
The first chapter scrutinizes risk-oriented philosophy, forecast ris...
Asset and Liabilities Management for Banks and Insurance Companies
In the current financial climate, Asset and Liability Management (ALM) has become a cornerstone of Risk Management for banks and insurance companies. ALM constitutes a continuous management process that supplies financial strategies to firms for management of their assets and liabilities. This method aims to aid companies in achieving their financial goals within predefined constraints and underst...
This book discusses the key concepts that underpin the drive towards global sustainability in today’s complex world.
Based around the notion of transformative research, the authors propose novel social, economic and political concepts to favor new paradigms in the natural sciences, engineering and education. They argue for integrating interdisciplinarity, evolution and optimization principles, w...
Competitive Quality and Innovation
Today, innovation is at the heart of the societal issues of our civilization. All of our hopes of being able to find solutions to solve our problems, or satisfy our ambitions, rest on innovation.
However, paradoxically, innovation is destabilizing, becoming less and less appealing, and has tobe installed into increasingly complex systems.
The risk of failure is thus growing.
The aim of this boo...
Strategic Decisions and Weak Signals
Anticipation for Decision-making
The study of the exploitation of weak signals in organizational strategy is a tricky business, and one which has only been practiced in organizations surprisingly recently. The concepts involved are relatively numerous, and the definitions given for such concepts may well vary from one author to the next. The real-world application of these concepts is rarely touched on in the existing body of lit...
VaR Methodology for Non-Gaussian Finance
FOCUS Series in Finance, Business and Management
With the impact of the recent financial crises, more attention must be given to new models in finance rejecting “Black-Scholes-Samuelson” assumptions leading to what is called non-Gaussian finance. With the growing importance of Solvency II, Basel II and III regulatory rules for insurance companies and banks, value at risk (VaR) – one of the most popular risk indicator techniques plays a fundament...
Decision-Making and Action
Making a decision, of any importance, is never simple. On the one hand, specialists in decision theory do not come within the reach of most policy makers and, secondly, there are very few books on pragmatic decision that are not purely anecdotal. In addition, there is virtually no book that provides a link between decision-making and action. This book provides a bridge between the latest results i...
The goal of this Handbook on UCITS is to provide a one-stop source for investors and asset managers, service providers, students, researchers, and practitioners to learn the necessary knowledge and analytical skills they need when setting up, managing and monitoring a UCITS fund. This handbook intends to introduce systematically recent developments in different areas of UCITS through a multi-disci...
The capacity to innovate is a fundamental resource for organizations as well as the true wealth of a society. To contribute fully to the prosperity of an organization, region or country, the innovation process - which is not only technology-based - requires the implementation of knowledge dynamics between domains that are often treated in isolation. This dynamic is based on a synergy between human...
Weak Signals for Strategic Intelligence
Anticipation Tool for Managers
The expression: "We did not see it coming!" has often been heard in recent years from decision makers at the highest levels of responsibility in the private and public sectors. Yet there were actually early (warning) signals, but they were often ignored or not used due to a lack of appropriate methodology. To avoid such blind spots, this book provides answers to the question "how to anticipate".
Environmental Scanning and Sustainable Development
This book explores the relationship between strategic scanning and sustainable development. It questions the utility, characteristics and implementation of sustainable scanning, in other words orientated towards sustainable development.
The first six chapters explore the concepts and characteristics of the notion of sustainable scanning. These chapters all offer answers to the questions: “what is...
Risk Management under UCITS III/IV
New Challenges for the Fund industry
The purpose of this book is to show how asset managers, fund administrators, management companies and risk departments can satisfy the financial regulators in Europe that they have adequate risk monitoring procedures in place for the funds they manage or administer. The book will explain all the requirements for risk management under the new UCITS III regime as well as the universe of financial in...
Sustainable Development in the USA
After the Second World War, a way of life widely adopted by many in the United States of America, based on unlimited consumption of land, goods and energy, was seen as a model for the entire world. Nowadays, this expansionist model is reaching its limit.
This book attempts to present a comprehensive study of the geographical basis of American population centers. This approach is especially relev...
Evaluation and Impact on Performance
Effective Strategic Intelligence (SI) is vital for organizations in an international context of instability, complexity and intense competition.
Following a long process of qualitative, quantitative and empirical research next to SI experts and large companies, this book proposes a way to improve SI and its impact on the performance of an organization.
From an exploration, description and evalua...
The Marketing of Technology Intensive Products and Services
Driving Innovations for Non-Marketers
This book provides the basic models applicable to, and the applicable methods for, the profitable use and marketing of advanced technology. It provides a guide to developing and administering marketing plans, conducting market research, searching for and managing partners, tapping capital for innovation, scoping adequate pricing methods, managing intellectual property rights, and selling and distr...
Evolving Corporate Structures and Cultures in Asia
The Impact of Globalization
This edited collection represents a selection of the papers presented at the 13th annual Euro-Asia Research Conference held on June 1 and 2, 2007 at the National University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan. The focus of the book, as the title suggests, provides an analysis of the impact of globalization on corporate structures and cultures in Asia. Within this broad theme different perspectives are exa...
Global Consumer Behavior
Globalization is a leading force for industry worldwide, especially the new technology sector. This presents both problems and opportunities in the emergence of a new type of consumer and the effects of globalization on industry in terms of culture, economics, marketing and social issues at every scale from local to global. The main aim of the book is to enhance the reader’s knowledge – especially...
the power of intangible networks
This title explores the issue of innovation engineering, a feature that is essential to the continuation of growth and development in the commercial world. The book is divided into three parts: Part I discusses the historical basis of innovation, noting that diversity rests upon a duality between concepts in theory and applications put into practice, as well as discussing how innovation has result...
Trends in Enterprise Knowledge Management
Knowledge Management (KM) encompasses a wide range of tools and methods that are at the heart of the information and communication society and provide solutions that rely as much on organization as on technology. This title brings together contributions from authors from a range of countries who are recognized as leading figures in this field, both in an academic and a practical sense. It describe...