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Handbook of Research on Techno-Entrepreneurship

Edited by François Thérin

Techno-entrepreneurship is broadly defined as the entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial activities of both existing and nascent companies operating in technology-intensive environments. Boasting rich conceptual and empirical contributions by leading international specialists, this highly original Handbook will prove an invaluable tool in advancing our understanding of the theory and practice of research in this emerging area. The expert contributors initially explore the foundations of the field, clearly defining the parameters of techno-entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 11: What is E-Entrepreneurship? Fundamentals of Company Founding in the Net Economy

Tobias Kollmann


Tobias Kollmann Over recent years internal and external information and communication processes at enterprises across almost every industry sector have been increasingly supported by electronic information technologies. The fundamental advantages of technologies such as these (for example, the Internet), especially in regard to their efficiency and effectiveness, ensure that this trend continues into the future. The constant and rapid development of technology in the accompanying net economy has inevitably had a significant influence on various possibilities for developing innovative business concepts based on electronic information and communication networks and realizing these by establishing a new company (hence e-ventures). Against this background the term ‘e-entrepreneurship’ describes the act of establishing new companies specifically in the net economy (Matlay, 2004). The expansion of the classical use of the term ‘entrepreneurship’ raises, however, several questions that will be answered by this chapter. Which environment and which possibilities does the net economy offer for new and innovative entrepreneurial activities? What is different or what unusual features can be found in establishing companies in the net economy? What are the building blocks and phases of development involved in setting up a company in the net economy? Answering these questions should help to define clearly the area of ‘e-entrepreneurship’ and the proof should be provided that this is worthy of special consideration in the context of research on entrepreneurship. 1 The Net Economy The basis of the net economy is formed by four technological innovations: telecommunication, information technology,...

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