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Saukkonen, J. & Muhos, M. (2021) Knowledge as a competitive entrepreneurial asset : concepts and practices by early-stage entrepreneurs in creative industries. In F. Matos, M. D. F. Ferreiro, Á. Rosa & I. Salavisa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2021 : volume two (pp. 856-864). Academic Conferences International Limited. https://doi.org/10.34190/EIE.21.022

Knowledge as a competitive entrepreneurial asset : concepts and practices by early-stage entrepreneurs in creative industries

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Author: Saukkonen, Juha1; Muhos, Matti2
Organizations: 1JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.5 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021122763276
Language: English
Published: Academic Conferences and Publishing International, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-27
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Abstract

Industries linked to and built on creativity and design have been described as backbones of a modern economy by the likes of Florida (2002; 2005). This paper reviews the ways early-stage entrepreneurs of creative industries conceptualise knowledge and depict their development trajectory and practices in issues concerning knowledge. These entrepreneurs operate in the context of a knowledge economy that underlines the key role of knowledge as a source of advantage. As Moore (2000) claims, knowledge intensity creates entrepreneurial opportunities and results to offer an advantage. The current view of knowledge management (KM) stretches the realm of KM beyond the ability to create. Action on knowledge contains sub-processes of knowledge creation, maintenance, renewal, organisation, and transference, for example (Wiig, 1997). This multiple case study explores the way entrepreneurs express the nature of knowledge in the enterprise and in relation to their personal entfloridarepreneur role. Light is shed on the principles and practices of KM in entrepreneurial firms. The research is an exploratory and interpretative case study, revealing patterns of thoughts and behaviour in the companies studied. A sample of seven companies whose business activity is based on design and creativity were interviewed in-depth. The collected qualitative case data is thematically content-analysed to constitute a model of companies’ development trajectory in relation to knowledge. The study contributes to academic knowledge both in the areas of entrepreneurial studies as well as in KM. The practical contributions serve creativity-connected industries and early-stage entrepreneurs who can use the results to plan and foresee their KM.

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Series: Proceedings of the European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
ISSN: 2049-1050
ISSN-E: 2049-1069
ISSN-L: 2049-1050
ISBN: 978-1-914587-15-3
ISBN Print: 978-1-914587-14-6
Pages: 856 - 864
DOI: 10.34190/EIE.21.022
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.34190/EIE.21.022
Host publication: Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2021 : volume two
Host publication editor: Matos, Florinda
Ferreiro, Maria de Fátima
Rosa, Álvaro
Salavisa, Isabel
Conference: 16th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2021
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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