Future Firms

Future Firms : How America's High Technology Companies Work

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This comprehensive examination of high-technology businesses explores over 100 high-technology ventures and another 200 high-technology firms to discover what work is done, who does it, how it is done, and the business performance results of these activities. Starting with commonly-used definitions of technology-based business, authors Eric Bolland and Charles W. Hofer establish the scope of science- and engineering-based firms. They trace the history of high technology to World War II defence research, and show that the term "high technology" is itself much more recent. In-depth on-site visits to several high-technology firms, including industrial giant Hewlett Packard, reveal the inner workings of these companies. Interviews with key venture capitalists show how they help launch firms, continue capitalizing them, and decide which companies to support. Bolland and Hofer examine how issues such as size, location, local governments, and available resources affect these firms.show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 35mm | 730g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195104366
  • 9780195104363

Table of contents

1: Understanding High Technology Business. 2: History of High Technology. 3: The Days of Its Lives. 4: Financing Ventures. 5: High Technology Founders and Business Performance. 6: Origin of High Technology Species. 7: Strategy and the New Technology Venture. 8: Technology Ventures and Their Environment. 9: From the Venture to Established High Technology Company. 10: Human Resources. 11: High Technology and CEOs. 12: Strategies for Established Companies. 13: Organization and Environment. 14: Marketing Operations. 15: High Technology Firm Size Differences. 16: High Technology Business Concentrations. 17: State Support for High Technology Business. 18: Conclusions on High Technology Businessshow more

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"These summaries could be helpful to those interested in research policy, and to entreprenuers and research and development executives considering where to locate operations."--Journal of Product Innovation Management"The writing style is succinct with excellent use of contemporary examples....This is an important reference work for business libraries supporting graduate, research, and professional audiences."--Choiceshow more

About Eric J. Bolland

Eric J. Bolland has twenty years of experience in industry, including working as a marketing manager in high technology firms. He is currently an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Business, as a lecturer. In addition, he consults in the field of high technology, and has published numerous articles in refereed journals on the subject. Charles W. Hofer is the Regents Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. His numerous writings include Strategic Formulation: Analytic Concepts--named in 1992 as one of the five most significant textbooks in strategic management--and articles in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Business Strategy, and the Journal of Business Venturing. He is a founding member of the Strategic Management Society, and has consulted with a number of major American corporations. He has also worked for and consulted with several startup ventures.show more

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