The Entrepreneurs Prior Knowledge of Entrepreneurship : -A qualitative study of innovative Swedish SME:s.
Title of this dissertation: The Entrepreneurs´ Prior Knowledge of Entrepreneurship.
Date of seminar: 2013-05-27
Course/Subject: Strategic innovation management, Technical project management, Master dissertation 15 hp
Authors: Malin Molin and Meron Goitom
Supervisor: Navid Ghannad
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Knowledge in Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Entrepreneurial capital, Human capital, Qualitative study
Purpose: The purpose with this thesis is to describe which role the entrepreneur’s knowledge of entrepreneurship has played in the process from opportunity discovery to opportunity exploitation in innovative Swedish SME:s. The aim is to give a deeper understanding of what knowledge has been used by the entrepreneur in the process of development of the firm, to increase the understanding of how a person’s knowledge of entrepreneurship contributes to his or her entrepreneurial process, thus contributing to the field of research of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Research method: We have chosen a qualitative case-study approach by conducting semi- structured interviews. Because of a large amount of prior research in divided fields within our research subject, we have mainly adopted a deductive approach.
Empirical study: Our empirical study has been performed on four companies; Rolling Optics, Peepoople Graphensic, and SensAbues. Through in-depth interviews with one of the founders from respective company.
Conclusion: We found a general shift from firstly knowledge tied close to the entrepreneur and knowledge concerning external environment of the company throughout the entrepreneurial process. We also noted a difference between companies, if the innovative product was born from a market perspective and market need or research perspective which later need to find an applicable market to the invention
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