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Farley S. Nobre (PhD, MSc, BSc) is Professor at the School of Management of Federal University of Parana, Brazil. His research interests include organizations, knowledge management systems, innova­tion and sustainability. He received his PhD at The University of Birmingham (UK) with thesis On Cognitive Machines in Organizations, and he participated in the ARMMS project. He […]

The Roles of Cognitive Machines in Customer – Centric Organizations: Towards Innovations in Computational Organizational Management Networks

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Farley Simon Nobre Federal University of Parana, Brazil ABSTRACT This chapter proposes innovative features of future industrial organizations in order to provide them with the capabilities to manage high levels of environmental complexity in the 21st century. For such a purpose the author introduces the concept of Computational Organization Management Networks (COMN), which represents new […]

Tools That Drive Innovation: The Role of Information Systems in Innovative Organizations

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Jason G. Caudill Carson-Newman College, USA ABSTRACT The purpose of this chapter is to examine computer technology as a tool to support innovation and innovative processes. The primary problem that this chapter is intended to address is the multitude of widely held misconceptions that seem to exist regarding technology and innovation; technology is not innovative […]

R&D Internationalization as Mechanism of Innovation in Global Enterprises: A Brazilian Case Study

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Simone Vasconcelos Ribeiro Galina University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ABSTRACT Internationalization of Research and Development (R&D) allows transnational companies (TNC) to access different and important resources overseas, which may lead to the improvement of their techno­logical innovation. The literature in this field has been mostly createdfrom studies of TNCs coming from developed countries. This chapter […]

The Recent Internationalization of Brazilian Companies

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Glauco Arbix University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Luiz Caseiro University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ABSTRACT The recent wave of internationalization among Brazilian companies differs from past experiences, in terms of volume, reach, destination and quality. Brazilian multinationals are not restricting their activities solely to regional markets, nor are their first steps entirely directed towards South […]

Innovations and Financing of SMEs, Part II: Case Study of German SMEs in 2010

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David S. Walker The University of Birmingham, UK Horst-Hendrik Scholz The University of Birmingham, UK ABSTRACT Financing is one of the most critical boundaries for the establishment and growth of a Small and Medium-sized Enterprise: SME (Moore, 1993). This chapter describes traditional and non-traditional financing opportunities for SMEs in Germany by focusing on its applicability. […]

Innovations and Financing of SMEs, Part I: SME Financing and Credit Rationing: The Availability of Funds

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David S. Walker The University of Birmingham, UK Horst-Hendrik Scholz The University of Birmingham, UK ABSTRACT Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), as a major sector of the economy, have unique charac­teristics in terms of organisational and financial structures; reflecting the interest and strategy of the owner andfinanciers. With regard to the recent global financial crisis, […]

The New Product Development Process as a Communication Web, Part II: Analysis of Spanish Firms

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Pilar Fernandez Ferrfn Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain Jose Antonio Varela Gonzalez University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain Belen Bande Vilela University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain Oihana Valmaseda Andia Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain ABSTRACT In the previous chapter (Part I), we proposed a model relating the composition and external communica­tion activities of NPD […]

The New Product Development Process as a Communication Web, Part I: Introduction, Concepts, and Spanish Context

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Pilar Fernandez Ferrfn Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain Jose Antonio Varela Gonzalez University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain Belen Bande Vilela University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain Oihana Valmaseda Andia Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain ABSTRACT This chapter contributes towards existing literature by analysing the innovation activities of Spanish companies and by proposing New Product […]

Self Regulation on Innovative Products Choice

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Paulo Henrique Muller Prado Federal University of Parana, Brazil Danielle Mantovani Lucena da Silva Federal University of Parana, Brazil Jose Carlos Korelo Federal University of Parana, Brazil ABSTRACT This chapter explores how choice goals influence consumers ’ innovativeness in a product category domain. The intentions to adopt new products are guided by promotion and prevention […]