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Hard Working Ant: An Eco-Tourism Spin-Off Creation Tale

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The creation of knowledge-based firms is of central importance due to its great impact in economic development. This article explores the case of E1, an academic spin-off operating in eco-tourism in the Algarve, Portugal. The theoretical framework of the Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is used as a methodological approach to understand translation and how different actors continuously share, disseminate and adapt their languages, problems, identities and interests. The use of ANT allows focusing on the knowledge transfer process, analyzing and understanding complex objects, where and how heterogeneous associations are created. The analysis highlights the limitations and challenges that a young and qualified entrepreneur finds to transform his ideas in a viable business

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  • Pinto, Hugo & Cruz, Ana & Gonçalves, Ana, 2011. "Hard Working Ant: An Eco-Tourism Spin-Off Creation Tale," Spatial and Organizational Dynamics Discussion Papers 2011-11, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve.
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    Keywords

    Eco-Tourism; Academic Entrepreneurship; Spin-off; Actor Network Theory; Algarve;

    JEL classification:

    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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