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Knowledge Transfer through Congenital Learning: Spin-Out Generation, Growth and Survival

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  • Agarwal, Rajshree

    (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Echambadi, Raj

    (U of Central Florida)

  • Franco, April M.

    (U of Iowa)

  • Sarkar, M. B.

    (U of Central Florida)

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This paper examines the role of knowledge as a driver of an organization's formation, and as a subsequent source of its competitive advantage. We investigate the parent-progeny knowledge transfer relationship, and the impact of this congenital learning on the evolution and performance of a spin-out (an entrepreneurial venture by an ex-employee). Using data from the disk drive industry, we show that incumbent knowledge capabilities, related to technology and market pioneering, predict spin-out formation. Parent's capabilities at the time of spin-out founding positively affect spin-out knowledge capabilities, and result in spin-outs having higher probabilities of survival relative to other entrants.

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Paper provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business in its series Working Papers with number 02-0101.

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