This textbook begins by introducing the area of technology-based entrepreneurship (TBE), taking into account definitions and background of the subject area, and sets this into context through TBE Education and Regional Development. This is followed by considering technology transfer policy, the diffusion of innovation into technology-based firms (TBFs), technology clusters, university technology small firms (UTSFs), university business collaborations and partnerships, and the growth of a technology concept. This exciting new approach to technology-based entrepreneurship will be of interest not only to students, researchers and scholars of entrepreneurship but also to policy makers, small business practitioners and owner managers. In this way it is hoped that this textbook will provide a greater understanding of technology-based entrepreneurship in the emerging knowledge economy.
Overview, Definitions and Background
Technology-Based Entrepreneurship Education
Technology-Based Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Organisation of the Book
Technology Transfer Policy
Views of Policy Makers
Technology Transfer Processes
Conclusions: Policy Implications
Diffusion Of Innovations Into Technology-Based Firms
Technology Transfer Networks
A Model of Technology Diffusion
Implications for Policy
Clusters and Knowledge Flows
Mobility within clusters
University Technology Small Firms
Factors influencing University Technology Small Firms
Conceptualising University Technology Small Firms
University Business Collaboration
Organisational aspects of university/business collaboration
University Business Partnerships and Models of Technology Transfer Offices
The Management of University Business Partnerships
Models of Technology Transfer Offices
Growth of a Technology Concept: A Case Study
About the Author
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About the author
Dr Brychan Thomas
Dr. Brychan Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, and a Doctoral Supervisor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Gloucestershire and the University of South Wales Business School. He is also an Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Business and Management Diploma. Before retiring in October 2012 he was Reader in Innovation Policy at Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan.
His main research interests lie in innovation and small business, SMEs and technology transfer networks, technology transfer and internet adoption in the agri-food industry, higher education spinout enterprises, and science communication and education. As such he has been involved in a number of projects examining technology transfer and small firms. He has a science degree and an MSc in the Social Aspects of Science and Technology from the Technology Policy Unit at Aston University and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy, CNAA/University of Glamorgan.
He has over 350 publications in the areas of Science Communication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business including 100 refereed journal articles. His books include “Triple Entrepreneurial Connection: College, Government and Industry” (2000), co-editor “E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization” (2010), “Innovation and Small Business”, Volumes 1 and 2 (2011) and recently co-editor of “Academic Working Lives: Experience, Practice and Change” (2014). He is on the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of the International Journal of E-Business Management, the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Editorial Advisory Board of IMJ – International Management Journals. During the academic year 2008/2009 he was on a research secondment at the Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge.
Brychan is a Fellow of the College of Teachers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is Chair of the International Entrepreneurship track for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 2013 Conference in Cardiff.