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The significance of technology-driven entrepreneurship activities : lessons from SMEs operating in the manufacturing industry

  • Innovation in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is often the result of technology-driven or market-pull entrepreneurship activities. So far, although its importance in practice, as well as in academia continues to grow, extant research exhibits little theory about the process of technology-driven entrepreneurship in SMEs. The study aims to better understand how technology-driven entrepreneurship processes transform business in SMEs in the manufacturing industry. Therefore, we developed a technological entrepreneurship (TE) process framework by utilizing the flexible pattern matching approach (FPMA). We iteratively compared a priori patterns from existing theoretical knowledge to empirical findings that emerged from in-depth interviews with corporate executives in the manufacturing industry. The framework highlights the TE process in SMEs leading to four output components: (1) corporate-function-related, (2) business-model-related, (3) competitiveness-related, and (4) customer-related. This study makes a unique contribution to academia by being the first that develops a TE process framework tailored to SMEs from the manufacturing industry. We point out that sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs depends on appropriate TE process management, and we underline the strategic importance of TE-driven transformation for SME managers. Our study expands the scope of TE and SME research and provides empirically grounded insights into technology-driven innovation.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Anil YigitORCiD, Dominik K. KanbachORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Strategic Management and Digital Entrepreneurship
Parent Title (English):Cogent business & management
Date of Publication (online):2023/03/08
Article Number:2185069
Page Number:48
Year of first Publication:2023
Tag:Flexible pattern matching approach; Innovation; Small and medium enterprises; Technological entrepreneurship; Technology-driven entrepreneurship
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 1
SJR Ranking / Q2
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International