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Masterpieces of Swiss Entrepreneurship

Swiss SMEs Competing in Global Markets

Authors: Jeannet, J.-P., Volery, T., Bergmann, H., Amstutz, C.

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  • Presents a unique collection of company profiles and cases from Swiss B2B and B2C market leaders in export markets
  • Demonstrates success factors, common pathways, and unique business strategy insights into the Swiss business ecosystem
  • Includes analysis of diverse ownership structures including family-owned firms
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This open access book focuses on Switzerland-based medium-sized companies with a longstanding export tradition and a proven dominance in global niche markets. Based upon in-depth documentation and analysis of 36 Swiss companies over their entire history, an expert team of authors presents several parallels in the pathways and success factors which allowed these firms to become dominant and operate from a high-cost location such as Switzerland. 
The book enhances these insights by providing detailed company profiles documenting the company history, development, and how their relevant global niche positions were reached. Readers will benefit from these profiles as they compile a diverse selection of industries, mainly active within the B2B sector, with mostly mature companies (60 years to older than 100 years since founding) and different types of ownership structures including family firms.  
‘Masterpieces of Swiss Entrepreneurship’ brings unique learning opportunities to owners and leaders of SMEs in Switzerland and elsewhere. Findings are based on detailed bottom-up research of 36 companies -- without any preconceived notions. The book is both conceptual and practical. It fosters understanding for different choices in development pathways and management practices.

Matti Alahuhta, Chairman DevCo Partners, ex-CEO Kone, Board member of several global listed companies, Helsinki, Finland

Start-up entrepreneurs need proven models from industry which demonstrate the various paths to success. “Masterpieces of Swiss Entrepreneurship” provides deep insights highlighting these models and the important trade-offs entrepreneurial teams must consider when choosing the path of high growth or of maximum control, as they are often mutually exclusive.

Gina Domanig, Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures, Zurich





About the authors

​​​​​Jean-Pierre Jeannet is Professor Emeritus of both Babson College (Wellesley, US) and IMD Institute (Lausanne, Switzerland). He was the F.W. Olin Chairholder of Global Business at Babson College and had an active teaching career in global marketing and global strategy. He has authored and co-authored the books 'Managing with a Global Mindset' (FT Press, 2000), 'From Coal to Biotech' (Springer, 2015), and 'Leading a Surgical Revolution' (Springer, 2019).

Thierry Volery is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Management Department at ZHAW School of Management and Law, in Winterthur. He is concurrently Visiting Professor at the University of St Gallen and at the University of Western Australia. His teaching and research interests include start-up process, entrepreneurship behaviour, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial leadership, and innovation management. He is author of several books and has published in leading journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, and International Small Business Journal.

Heiko Bergmann is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he conducts and leads research projects at the Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His research focus is on issues of entrepreneurship, business emergence, and SME management.

Cornelia Amstutz is a research assistant at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, Faculty of Law, and the Steering Committee on Internationalization. Previously, she studied media communication and history and has worked as a consultant in the private sector. 

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-12

    Jeannet, Jean-Pierre (et al.)

  • Founders, Shakers, Prime Movers

    Pages 13-23

    Jeannet, Jean-Pierre (et al.)

  • Ownership Structures

    Pages 27-36

    Jeannet, Jean-Pierre (et al.)

  • Achieving Ownership Stability

    Pages 37-46

    Jeannet, Jean-Pierre (et al.)

  • Boards and Governance

    Pages 47-54

    Jeannet, Jean-Pierre (et al.)

Buy this book

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  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Masterpieces of Swiss Entrepreneurship
Book Subtitle
Swiss SMEs Competing in Global Markets
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65287-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65287-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65286-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 561
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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