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Strategic analysis of knowledge firms: the links between knowledge management and leadership

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Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore and explain the links between knowledge management (KM) and leadership in knowledge-intensive firms. Design/methodology/approach – This study employs an instrumental case-based study on four knowledge-based firms to explore KM and leadership approaches, and the links between them. Data were primarily collected through qualitative interviews […]

Learning patterns in venture capital investing in new industries

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Using an organizational learning perspective, we link the decision by venture capital (VC) firms to invest early in a new high-technology industry to three experiential learning mechanisms: the familiarity associated with accumulation of early funding decisions, the shaping or imprinting effect of the firm’s very first such decision, and the decay or “forgetting” associated with […]

Customer Integration in B2B Open Innovation

Today, almost any B2B firm claims to be “customer-oriented”. However, only few firms have a rigorous and stringent system that integrates the “best” (B2B) customers into its innovation process – where “best” in this context is measured not by volume of sales but by contribution to the firm’s innovation. A lot of insight has been […]

Leadership succession and firm performance in an emerging economy: Successor origin, relational embeddedness, and legitimacy

We examine how leadership transition affects firm performance in emerging economies. Building upon the social embeddedness and neo-institutional perspectives, we argue for the importance of alignment between successor origin and social context for firm performance.

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SOME hilarious videos doing the rounds on the internet show people pretending to take photos with invisible iPhones and hold conversations on them. These spoofs are meant to poke fun at Apple and its legion of fans. But the very notion that the firm could produce a see-through phone also highlights how closely its brand […]

Tech In Kenya: Growth and What Gov’t Can do

When media reported that Craft Silicon, a Nairobi based financial software firm was moving to Singapore, many were not surprised. However, this optimism is under threat as Craft Silicon, a major player in software development in Kenya announced plans to relocate its operations to Asia citing harsh operating environment and unfavourable tax regimes. Tags: firm, […]

Services trade and growth

The competitiveness of firms in open economies is increasingly determined by access to low-cost and high-quality producer services. This paper discusses channels through which openness to trade in services may increase productivity at the level of the economy as a whole, industries and the firm, what can be done to enhance production and export of […]