The strategic dilemmas of innovative enterprises: proposals for high-technology sectors

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  1. Errata: Erratum Volume 42, Issue 5, 514, Article first published online: 17 October 2012

Abstract

High levels of research and development (R&D) expenditure, pressure for innovation and the creation of new knowledge are features that distinguish high-technology (high-tech) enterprises from other, less technologically advanced, firms. Confronted with multiple contemporary approaches to strategy and turbulence in their environment, these enterprises make strategic choices continuously and dynamically. This paper proposes a model and matrix for the classification of high-tech enterprises’ development strategies (with regard to their specific features), which are then verified. Qualitative research was conducted in 61 medium and large high-tech companies based in Poland that operate either in Poland or in the global marketplace. The results show that high-tech firms have the fundamental goal of developing R&D activity as a resource (and its redundancy) rather than product/market goals. The studied firms strive above all for leadership in innovation, creating new technologies based on their own R&D resources, while also using outside sources and mostly applying the personalisation approach in knowledge management. However, they choose different paths for product and market development, depending on the opportunities presented by the environment, and the firm's ability to identify and take advantage of these.

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