Entrepreneurship, Cooperation and the Firm
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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.
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Chapter 2: Entrepreneurship in a High-tech Venture: Psychological and Social Methods of Survival Assessment in the Aerospace Sector

Moniel Verhoeven, Arjen Verhoeff, Dominique Drillon and Jan Ulijn


Moniel Verhoeven, Arjen Verhoeff, Dominique Drillon and Jan Ulijn INTRODUCTION When I first succeeded my father, for me entrepreneurship was making ideas work in a technical sense. Nowadays it is much more how we – my partner Nico van Putten and me – can deal in a constructive way with the qualities that this community offers. (Raoul Voeten, engineer/entrepreneur of Bradford, December 2005) This chapter analyses the performance and survival of familial companies in the domain of a techno-venture. What is the common ground between Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs? Every one of them has created his own company from scratch. Furthermore, these founders have built an empire in the domain of information technology, telecommunications and the grey matter of the brain. Why and how did these companies develop in such an impressive way, in a technological and especially economic perspective? How can we understand this success? First, behind such industrial mega performances emerge some remarkable persons – their founders. What are the determinants that stimulated them to create and develop their business? Apparently, they have the talent to organize and sustain the growth of their business. The way the community created by founders acts can be another explanation of such success. Is the community effective because it adopted the spirit of the founder, or has the community developed its own dynamics and used the talents of the founder as a stepping-stone to implement its own effective working patterns? In other words: what is crucial in...

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