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Handbook of Research on Global Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Handbook of Research on Global Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Author(s)/Editor(s): Luís M. Carmo Farinha (Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal), João J. M. Ferreira (University of Beira Interior & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal), Helen Lawton Smith (Birkbeck, University of London & Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, Oxford University, UK) and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (State University of New York – Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA)
Copyright: ©2015
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8348-8
ISBN13: 9781466683488
ISBN10: 1466683481
EISBN13: 9781466683495


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As businesses seek to compete on a global stage, they must be constantly aware of pressures from all levels: regional, local, and worldwide. The organizations that can best build advantages in diverse environments achieve the greatest success.

The Handbook of Research on Global Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship explores the emergence of new ideas and opportunities in various markets and provides organizational leaders with the tools they need to take full advantage of those opportunities. With a focus on economic growth in a fast-paced environment, this handbook is a critical reference for business leaders, economists, and students of economic theory.

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Scholars of business and economics explore global competitive advantage; regional innovation systems and competitiveness; competitiveness and clusters; knowledge, technology, and innovation; entrepreneurship and internationalization; and entrepreneurial strategy and value creation. The topics include transforming crises into opportunities to generate sustainable business in Brazil, tensions and volitions surrounding the contribution of universities to regional development and innovation, the most critical factors for competitiveness of a tourism destination, personal and firm drivers of export entrepreneurship, and agency costs versus cognitive value in entrepreneurial finance and the creation of value.

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Author's/Editor's Biography

Luís Carmo Farinha (Ed.)
Luis M. Carmo Farinha is an assistant at Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute, teaching management and entrepreneurship. Teaching of the higher institute of Languages and Management of Leiria. His areas of interest are the networks of innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. Previously he was Senior Technician of Human Resources and Management Control; and Team member project of the new bleach plant and newline Park woods (manufacturing expansion projects) / responsible for health and safety at work at Pulp and paper industry, in Portugal. Representative of the Board of General Assembly of a Portuguese Gas company.

João Ferreira (Ed.)
João J. M. Ferreira is Associate Professor at University of Beira Interior, Portugal. He completed the European Doctoral Programme of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. He is currently the Scientific Coordinator of NECE – Research Unit of Business Sciences as well as Director of the 2nd cycle in Management. He has published several articles in international journals editor of some international books. His areas of interest are strategy, entrepreneurship and competitiveness.

Helen Smith (Ed.)
Helen Lawton Smith is a Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London. Her research career has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, public policy and regional development in national and international contexts. She is the Founder and Research Director of the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University ( and is Director of the Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research ( She is the author of nine books and of over ninety journal articles and book chapters and is Associate Editor, Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance.

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (Ed.)
Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1989. From January 2005 until December 2010, she served as the chief editor of one of the flagship journals of the Association of American Geographers—The Professional Geographer. She has served on the editorial board of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Applied Geography, and The Canadian Geographer. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on economic and urban geography. She has published over sixty articles in refereed journals and has co-edited two books. She has received five different research awards from the National Science Foundation and several others from the Canadian Embassy. Her research covers topics in economic geography and international business. In economic geography, her interests are in understanding firm and industry dynamics and the interplay between firms’ internal and external environments. Her specific industrial interests are in biotechnology, bioenergy, and pharmaceutical industries. She continues to work on foreign direct investment; her current focus is on multinationals from emerging markets and their investments in Europe and the United States.


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