Conceptualizing Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship: Definition and Model
Book chapter, 2015

Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship (KIE) helps renew the economy, giving rise to new industries but also to entrepreneurial-driven renewal within existing industries. This chapter proposes a conceptualize KIE as a broad concept, including a definition and a model. This chapter examines specific aspects of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship, presenting a conceptualization. The chapter also discusses framework how to operationalize the dimensions of the definition through various research strategies, and explains how the AEGIS project did so. Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship is considered a key socio-economic phenomenon that drives innovation, and economic growth, and is at the base of the competitiveness of countries.

economic growth


conceptual framework


Franco Malerba

Tomas McKelvey

University of Gothenburg

Dynamics of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship business strategy & public policy edited by Franco Malerba, Yannis Caloghirou, Maureen McKelvey, Slavo Radosevic.

978-1-13-802528-8 (ISBN)

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