Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective

Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective

Global Returnees

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Huiyao Wang and Yipeng Liu

Talent has become the most important resource for organizations across a wide range of sectors throughout the world including business, non-profit, and government. These organizations are now engaged in an increasingly fierce competition to acquire the best talent as they seek to gain the upper hand in today’s fast changing environment. By combining the body of knowledge on entrepreneurship and talent management from a global perspective, this book provides a synthesized understanding of entrepreneurial mobility and talent management in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

Chapter 11: Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees: Minalogic and Presto Engineering as a ‘new Argonaut’ in a French ICT ecosystem

Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Maria Tsouri, Dimitris Mavridis and Alan Moore

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, human resource management


In this chapter we focus on the invisible social structure of a leading ICT ecosystem sustaining a knowledge cluster in microelectronics, embedded software and nanotechnology, around Grenoble, France. Minalogic fosters key enabling technologies underpinning growth and competitiveness, from its beginning in 2005 and up to now. We map the network architecture of the Minalogic cluster through 107 collaborative projects supported by both government and industry, for the past decade or so. We use social network analysis and visualization to identify and pinpoint the key actors in the socio-technical networks that underpin and drive collaborative innovation in France and beyond. The centrality measures and ‘small world’ connectivity of the ecosystem highlight the leading role that a public research center, CEA Grenoble, plays in the ongoing development of this ICT ecosystem. We also discuss the role of ‘new Argonauts,’ such as Presto Engineering, returnees from Silicon Valley with operations in France and Israel, who occupy peripheral positions in the Minalogic cluster.

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