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Dynamic learning as entrepreneurial action in the context of open innovation: an instrumental case from a communities-of-practice perspective

Theodorakopoulos, N., Figueira, C., Kakabadse, N. K. and Kakabadse, A. P. (2012) Dynamic learning as entrepreneurial action in the context of open innovation: an instrumental case from a communities-of-practice perspective. In: Rahman, H. and Ramos, I. (eds.) Rahman, Hakikur and Ramos, Isabel SMEs and Open Innovation: Global Cases and Initiatives. Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global. pp. 199-223.

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Abstract: Recent scholarly discussion on open innovation put forward the notion that an organisation’s ability to internalise external knowledge and learn from various sources in undertaking new product development is crucial to its competitive performance. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to how growth-oriented small firms identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities (i.e. take entrepreneurial action) related to such development, in an open innovation context, from a social learning perspective. This chapter, based on an instrumental case-firm, demonstrates analytically how learning as entrepreneurial action takes place, drawing on situated learning theory. It is argued that such learning is dynamic in nature and is founded on specific organising principles that foster both inter- and intracommunal learning.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2340 Small and medium-sized businesses, artisans, handicrafts, trades
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD45 Technological innovations. Automation
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB615 Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty. Property
Creators: Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas, Figueira, Catarina, Kakabadse, Nada K and Kakabadse, Andrew P
Editors: Rahman, Hakikur and Ramos, Isabel
Publisher: IGI Global
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business and Economics (from 2011)
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 199-223
Title of Book: SMEs and Open Innovation: Global Cases and Initiatives
Place of Publication: Hershey PA, USA
Number of Pages: 296
Language: English
ISBN: 9781613505199
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-61350-519-9.ch010
Status: Published / Disseminated
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/4063

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