Nowadays, innovation is a key dimension in the performance of business organizations. In contexts that are more and more dynamic and competitive, and where clients have become more demanding, firms need to distinguish themselves by developing new products and services, and/or improving their processes to gain in terms of productivity. Through innovation, they are asked to build a competitive advantage by meeting new expectations from customers and entering new markets or adopting more effective practices and technologies. For organizations, it is a matter of survival. Innovation gives them an effective solution to deal with sectors convergence, technological dynamism and market globalization. For entrepreneurs, innovation is the key factor to overcome market barriers and create new value or new industries. As Peter Drucker (1985, p. 19) stated: « Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurship, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for different business or a different service.».
The Academy of Management recently established a new ListServe focusing on Emerging Markets. The target audiences are researchers, academics, students, policy makers, and business practitioners of emerging markets. The list is managed by Ilan Alon (University of Agder) and Bersant Hobdari (Copenhagen Business School). The purpose of the list is to generate discussion and scholarly exchange among researchers and practitioners of emerging markets business, relating to topical issues affecting these regions, current events and state-of-the-art research in this area. Topics will relate to business in emerging markets from multidisciplinary (international business, economics, finance, marketing, human resources, organizational behavior and management) … Read More