ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

How can information providers connect information resources to entrepreneurs to spur innovation in economic development? (SIG/III, SIG/USE)

Anmol Kalsi1, France Bouthillier2, Tao Jin3, Yao Zhang1
University of South Carolina, United States of America; 2McGill University, Canada; 3Louisiana State University, United States of America

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2:00pm


Information and knowledge have been recognized as valuable resources for gaining competitive advantage, streamlining decision making and improving strategic management. In an increasingly competitive economic environment, the survival of organizations is heavily dependent on their recognition of information as an important strategic resource (Choo, 2005). Entrepreneurs, who have been regarded as the key drivers of innovation and have frequently been credited with boosting economic development (Timmons & Spinelli, 2009), find themselves in an increasingly disadvantaged position as a result of an inability to compete with the financial power of large companies. The benefits that entrepreneurs reap from having access to quality information resources have been documented in many studies, however, the accessibility and preferences of the information resources varies by context. The focus of the panel will be exploring how information specialists and institutions help entrepreneurs access and use information resources to support their business ventures. Panellists will shed light on different international perspectives drawn from research conducted on different types of groups/organizations. Discussion will be geared to illuminate existing approaches that have been taken to meet the information needs of entrepreneurs, with a view to propose future courses of action.