Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89270
Authors: 
Giarratana, Marco S.
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2003/28
Abstract: 
The paper analyses the birth of the Encryption Software Industry (ESI), a new niche in the software industry. Using a Chandlerian perspective, this work reports the main facts about firm entry and growth, with a particular focus on start-up strategies and actions. Since scale economies do not play a major role in ESI, the paper investigates the different sources of firm competitive advantages. This work shows that innovation and product differentiation, along with investments in co-specialised assets, are variables strongly correlated to young firm probability to survive and grow. In so doing, we have collected highly detailed information on product introduction, US patents granted, worldwide alliances and biographical data of firm founders.
Subjects: 
Entry
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Software
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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