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Entrepreneurial human capital, complementary assets, and takeover probability

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  • Erik Lehmann

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  • Thorsten Braun

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  • Sebastian Krispin

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Although acquisitions of high-tech entrepreneurial firms are of great popularity within the technology transfer process, the limited empirical evidence on this type of technology transfer shows that these acquisitions often lead to dismal results in that a large number of acquired key inventors leave their companies after an acquisition and those that remain exhibit poor performance. This study aims at explaining this phenomenon and adds additional empirical results and explanations to the matching theory of ownership changes. Using a hand collected dataset of all German IPOs from 1997 until 2006, this study shows that the probability of ownership in a young and high-tech firm’s assets being reallocated by means of a takeover significantly decreases with the amount of intangible and complementary assets that are owned by the owner-manager. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Journal of Technology Transfer.

Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 589-608

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:37:y:2012:i:5:p:589-608

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Keywords: Technology transfer; Matching theory of ownership changes; High-tech firms; Property rights; Ownership structure; Mergers & acquisitions; D23; D82; D86; G32; G34; L2;

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