The Owen Gun

The Owen Gun

The following questions relate to the case study, The Owen Gun. All four (4) questions should be attempted. Each question has equal value.

1. What does the case reveal about the challenges facing the adoption and diffusion of a new, radical invention and the pathway that such diffusion can take?

2. With reference to the case, explain the theories of innovation diffusion, making sure that you cover as many of the relevant issues as possible in your analysis.

3. Kuratko and Hodgetts (1998) have identified a set of common characteristics likely to be found among entrepreneurs and associated with the process of enterprise. Outline the key characteristics you can identify within the case, explaining their significance to the successful commercialization of the Owen Gun.

4. Apply the SIMPLEX creativity process to the case, identifying the key stages that the innovation has accomplished.

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