Learning to Compete-Entrepreneurial roles exploiting knowledge spillovers

Ronald C. Beckett and Gerard Berendsen

First published 2017

Exploring innovative opportunities and exploiting knowledge spillovers may give a competitive advantage to an established enterprise or may lead to the establishment of a new enterprise. Regardless of the context, some-one must be passionate about an emergent idea, and some-one must sponsor its utilisation, contributing credibility and resources. The literature on innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge management suggests there may be other key roles to be enacted, such as an interpreter, catalyst or a broker. In this chapter, we extend a representation of five generic internal and external innovation roles observed in more than 60 Australian and Dutch innovative SME projects to consider entrepreneurial and spillover influence, building on the combined work of others. One Australian and one Dutch initiative illustrate the suggested generic roles in action.