Small Business Economics

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 245–259 | Cite as

The origin of spin-offs: a typology of corporate and academic spin-offs

  • Helmut FrygesEmail author
  • Mike Wright


We provide a typology of corporate and academic spin-off types, distinguishing spin-offs involving new ventures from those that concern existing activities. We summarize the papers published in this special issue, relating them to the typology we develop. We conclude by developing an agenda for further research on spin-offs.


Spin-offs Typology 

JEL Classifications

L26 M13 L33 



We thank the managing editors of Small Business Economics for affording us the opportunity to introduce the special issue with this editorial article. The first author is grateful for the opportunity to edit this special issue. The contribution of all anonymous reviewers who helped to improve the papers presented here is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Innovation Research CentreUniversity of TasmaniaSandy BayAustralia
  2. 2.Center for Management Buyout ResearchImperial College Business SchoolLondonUK
  3. 3.University of GhentGhentBelgium

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