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dc.contributor.authorJeannet, Jean-Pierre
dc.contributor.authorVolery, Thierry
dc.contributor.authorBergmann, Heiko
dc.contributor.authorAmstutz, Cornelia
dc.description.abstractThis 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 ;
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::K Economics, Finance, Business and Management::KJ Business and Management::KJC Business strategyen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::K Economics, Finance, Business and Management::KJ Business and Management::KJV Ownership and organization of enterprises::KJVS Small businesses and self-employmenten_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::K Economics, Finance, Business and Management::KJ Business and Managementen_US
dc.subject.otherBusiness Strategy/Leadership
dc.subject.otherFamily Business
dc.subject.otherInternational Business
dc.subject.otherOpen access book
dc.subject.otherCompetitiveness of Swiss SMEs
dc.subject.otherExport strategies of swiss companies
dc.subject.otherSME export strategy
dc.subject.otherSwiss family enterprises
dc.subject.otherSwiss founders and entrepreneurs
dc.subject.otherB2B market leaders in Switzerland
dc.subject.otherManagement field research
dc.subject.otherStakeholder management
dc.subject.otherInnovation and intellectual property in Switzerland
dc.subject.otherLeveraging competencies
dc.subject.otherCost competitiveness
dc.subject.otherQuality engineering
dc.subject.otherBusiness strategy
dc.subject.otherSmall businesses & self-employed
dc.subject.otherBusiness & Management
dc.titleMasterpieces of Swiss Entrepreneurship
dc.title.alternativeSwiss SMEs Competing in Global Markets
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