How university spin-offs differ in composition and interaction: a qualitative approach

Article

Abstract

During their early development, academic spin-off projects are embedded in the context of research institutions. However, knowledge is still lacking on whether the influence of university structures on spin-off projects or the need for resources and the initial setting of these projects vary across research disciplines or university departments. To enhance our understanding of the development of spin-off projects, it is necessary to identify strategies focusing on the specific characteristics of spin-off projects within a single research institution. In our study, we therefore address interactions of spin-off projects with several factors within one university, based on spin-off projects from 2007 to 2013. We inductively derive four types of spin-off projects that interact differently with the different factors and the university. By concentrating on the specific needs of each type, we can provide a framework allowing to identify spin-off needs and to implement target-oriented support mechanisms.

Keywords

Academic entrepreneurship University spin-offs Technology transfer Stage-gate models 

JEL Classification

L26 O31 J24 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Service Centre Research and Technology TransferUniversity of WuerzburgWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Management, Innovation and International Business, Faculty of Business and EconomicsUniversity of AugsburgAugsburgGermany
  3. 3.Bureau d’Economie Théorique et AppliquéeUniversité de StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

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