Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Culture
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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Culture

The Interaction between Technology, Progress and Economic Growth

Edited by Terrence E. Brown and Jan Ulijn

Any technological advance, innovation or economic growth created by an organization is dependent on how that organization’s culture and environment fosters or inhibits these developments. This process is further complicated by the global nature of economic activity and differences in national cultures due to country-specific histories, experiences, traditions and rules. The distinguished authors in this important new book aim to study the nature of organizational innovation and change by examining the complex interplay between entrepreneurship, innovation and culture.
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Chapter 2: Conceptualizing innovation management and culture in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR): an exploratory study of organization-specific critical success factors

Naubahar Sharif and Ivy Chan

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2. Conceptualizing innovation management and culture in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR): an exploratory study of organization-specific critical success factors Naubahar Sharif and Ivy Chan 1. INTRODUCTION There has been a renewed effort in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)1 over the past few years to transform itself into a knowledge-based economy (ITBB, 2001). At the heart of such a change is a renewal of technology policy, particularly towards Hong Kong’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and innovation management. The concept of a national system of innovation (NSI)2 provides a tool for analysing country specificities in the innovation process as well as a guide for policy formulation. Alternatively, management information systems (MIS) models provide a means for analysing intra-organizational cooperation and success factors. This chapter combines two disparate bodies of literature – NSI literature and MIS literature – to conceptualize innovation management and culture in Hong Kong. In particular, this is an exploratory study of organizationspecific critical success factors applicable to Hong Kong. Using the NSI as its backdrop, the focus in this chapter is firmly on the organizational level. We attempt to identify the building blocks at the organizational level that may contribute to national innovativeness. By utilizing a metamorphosis of the NSI and MIS as our analytic lens, we attempt to answer the question of what is it that characterizes an innovative organization in Hong Kong. As its starting point, this chapter utilizes the standard schematic for a country’s innovation system...

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