Building Innovative Ecosystems
Edited by John Sibley Butler and David V. Gibson
Chapter 4: A Stress Test for Creative and Innovative Management: Entrepreneurship in a War Zone
Corey P. Carbonara, Michael F. Korpi and Marc LeGare 1 INTRODUCTION This chapter describes the growth and success of an Iraqi telecommunications start-up, Advanced Technologies for Communications (ATC), which was ‘incubated’ by a Texas company, Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI). In 2003, Iraq was an extremely dynamic and dangerous environment – not only militarily, but also in terms of every other function and institution of a modern society, including communication and commerce. The current situation is improved, but Iraq remains a difficult and tumultuous place. Because of the inherent and embedded struggles there, any successful entrepreneurial efforts in this setting are worth examining. To look at the experience of PCI and ATC in Iraq, we employ the Creative and Innovative Management framework created by the IC2 Institute founder Dr George Kozmetsky. 2 CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK The IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has been regularly creating and developing constructs for better understanding how to stimulate wealth creation globally for shared prosperity. At the heart of these efforts has been the work of numerous IC2 Fellows. IC2’s ability to take unstructured problems and find novel and workable solutions has created a series of blueprints for success for nations and firms around the world. IC2’s solid research on Technopolis construction, Zero Time Strategy, Diffusion of Innovations, and Fluid Learning are just a few examples. The flagship example of a construct for creating and sustaining 105 M2540 - BUTLER PRINT.indd 105 25/02/2011 16:48 106 Global perspectives on technology transfer...
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