Exploring the Entrepreneurial Society
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Exploring the Entrepreneurial Society

Institutions, Behaviors and Outcomes

Edited by Jean Bonnet, Marcus Dejardin and Domingo García-Pérez-De-Lema

Entrepreneurship is the engine of economic development, which in turn impacts upon the challenges facing future entrepreneurs. This timely book explores institutional, behavioural and policy issues of primary importance to understanding the entrepreneurial society. Topics covered include entrepreneurship in relation to formal and informal institutions; entrepreneurial choice, orientation and success; entrepreneurial behaviours; entrepreneurial finance, growth and economic crises; and entrepreneurship, social dimensions and outcomes.
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Chapter 9: The relationship between knowledge management and innovation level in Mexican SMEs: empirical evidence

Gonzalo Maldonado Guzman, Maria del Carmen Martinez Serna and Domingo García-Pérez-de-Lema

Abstract

This chapter investigates the transformation of the current society from an industry-based economy to a knowledge-management and innovation-based economy. They show that it changes the design and implementation of business strategies and the nature of the competition among organizations which are mainly small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). Using data from a sample of 125 Mexican manufacturing SMEs, the authors find that knowledge management has a positive impact in products, process and management systems innovation.

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