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Entrepreneurship, Cooperation and the Firm

Entrepreneurship, Cooperation and the Firm

The Emergence and Survival of High-Technology Ventures in Europe

Edited by Jan Ulijn, Dominique Drillon and Frank Lasch

The book is an exceptional result of a distinctive network of European and American scholars, practitioners, and members of public institutions interested in the critical issues of emergence and survival of technology and knowledge based firms. The contributors study examples from both the old EU-member states such as France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, as well as newer countries such as Slovenia and Estonia. The book is unique in bringing culture and psychology together in the particular context of the nascent technopreneur.

Chapter 10: Making the Transition from Entrepreneurial to Professional Management in Small and Medium-sized ICT Businesses in Slovenia and Germany

Janez Prasnikar, Karl-Heinz Rau, Marko Pahor and Monika Klinar

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


Janez Pras nikar, Karl-Heinz Rau, ˇ Marko Pahor and Monika Klinar INTRODUCTION Organizational growth and development models offer a useful framework for assessing and analysing the growth of a company and the connected management imperatives. Several models have been postulated, ranging from three to 10 stages (Churchill and Lewis, 1983: 31; Scott and Bruce, 1987: 47; Greiner, 1998: 58; Adizes, 1999: 88), with most models identifying five stages. While the models are distinct in the number of phases and their clarification, most of them propose that in the life cycle of organizations the transition from an entrepreneurially to a professionally managed organization may be necessary. There are many reasons for this. As Olson and Terpstraand (1992: 27) and Flamholtz and Randle (2000: 10) explained, when an organization reaches a certain size, its resources become stretched and an insatiable need for more funding arises, while operating systems are overwhelmed by the sudden surge of activity. The same applies to the entrepreneur, who will spend more and more time on administrative work and everyday activities, which has implications for the time spent on strategic issues (Barth and Hörte, 1999: 3). Roberts (1999: 389) noticed that, due to the increasing size of the organization, the entrepreneur will be unable to supervise the efforts of the workers. Finally, circumstances such as when the management is not developing, and the founder maintains close relationships with key customers, suppliers and loyal personnel instead of transferring skills to other people, create bottlenecks in operations...

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