Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Western Canada


Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Western Canada

This collection of articles by Canadian scholars adds to a growing literature that examines the nature of the entrepreneurial process at the national and regional levels. Presenting emerging research programs and scholarly perspectives on the roles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and family business in economic development, this book enriches our understanding of the nuances of the entrepreneurial process in western Canada.

The articles in this volume cover a wide range of methodologies, including purely conceptual pieces, theory-building exercises based on field research, literature reviews, large-scale empirical studies, and presentations of new methodological advancements that further research in these fields. Focusing on western Canada, contributors examine where and how unique approaches to the process of new venture creation yield insights for researchers and practitioners.

With Contributions By:
M. Chiasson
J.J. Chrisman
J.H Chua
V. Gough
J.A.D. Holbrook
L.P. Hughes
P. Josty
R.F. Kleysen
C.H. Langford
R. Litz
W.E. McMullan
R. Mitchell
E. Morse
J. O'Grady
Y. Park
J. Peace
P.W.B Phillips
P. Sharma
R.A. Slator
R.K. Smith
L. Steier
A. Tyrie
K.H. Vesper
M. Weber

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Western Canada 1
Contents 6
Preface 8
1. Introduction 12
I. Innovation Systems 40
2. Regional systems of innovation as modern R&D entrepots: The case of the Saskatoon biotechnology cluster 42
3. Techmaps: A tool for understanding social capital for technological innovation at a regional level 70
4. The Alberta innovation system: The main players and suggested research priorities 88
5. Cooperative mercantilism: Public policy dilemmas managing the generation and application of ideas toward economic development 122
II. Entrepreneurship and Innovation 148
6. Developing market economies: The aboriginal case in northwest British Columbia 150
7. The link between innovation and the use of human resources in British Columbian enterprises 182
8. Networking support to innovative young firms: Pathways of knowledge 196
III. Innovations in Entrepreneurial Support Programs 216
9. Lessons from successful innovations in entrepreneurial support programming 218
10. Developing entrepreneurs in a hybrid management and entrepreneurship MBA: A case study in Calgary 236
11. A preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of project-based assistance to medical entrepreneurs at the University of Calgary 254
IV. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management in Family Businesses 268
12. Investing with families in business: A venture capitalist's view 270
13. Your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions: A conceptualization of innovation in family firms 280
14. Family and Non-Family Priorities in Family Firms: Preliminary Evidence 310
15. Executive pay practices in family controlled firms in Canada: A preliminary study 332
16. Exploring the role of trust in family firm governance 344
Notes on Contributors 356
Index 362
A 362
B 362
C 363
D 364
E 364
F 365
G 367
H 368
I 368
J 369
K 370
L 370
M 370
N 371
O 372
P 372
S 373
R 373
T 374
U 376
V 377
W 377