Entrepreneurial Learning in Italian High-Tech Start-Ups: An Exploratory Study

Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2012

21 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2014

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Alfredo De Massis

Lancaster University - Management School

Tommaso Minola

University of Bergamo

Diego Viviani

Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Many academics agree with the opinion that small firms are more suitable than bigger ones to manage radical innovations. However, empirical observations show that about 60% of high-tech start-ups fail within six years, and this is found to be due to lack of learning. We analyse along which dimensions and how entrepreneurs learn in reaction to external stimuli triggered by the stakeholders, considering the effects of frame-oriented and experimental learning, contingent to external context. A multiple case study on five Italian high-tech start-ups has lastly been conducted, obtaining some useful results on the directions to pursue a successful learning.

Keywords: entrepreneurial learning; EL; new technology-based firms; NTBF; entrepreneurship; change; innovation; high-tech opportunities; Italy

Suggested Citation

De Massis, Alfredo and Minola, Tommaso and Viviani, Diego, Entrepreneurial Learning in Italian High-Tech Start-Ups: An Exploratory Study (2012). Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2391676

Alfredo De Massis

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

Bailrigg
Lancaster, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Tommaso Minola (Contact Author)

University of Bergamo ( email )

Via Salvecchio, 19
Bergamo, 24129
Italy

Diego Viviani

Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering ( email )

Via Lambruschini 4C - building 26/A
Milano, 20156
Italy

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