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A Knowledge-based Categorization of Research-based Spin-off Creation

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  • Gabrielsson, Jonas

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    (CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Landström, Hans

    ()
    (Institute of Economic Research, Lund University)

  • E. Thomas, Brunsnes

    (CIRCLE, Lund University)

Abstract

In this paper we argue for the need of sector contextualization to achieve a better understanding of new venture activities aimed at commercializing university generated knowledge. From this perspective, we contend that an analysis of the creation of research-based spin-offs (RBSOs) must take place within a context of the specific knowledge base around which the new venture is formed. Two distinct knowledge bases are identified: analytical (science-based) knowledge and synthetic (engineering-based) knowledge. Propositions related to the processes governing the creation of RBSOs are developed, depending on whether the opportunity around which the new venture is formed has an analytical or a synthetic knowledge base. This means that we see the formation and early development of RBSOs as a historically determined heterogeneous trajectory, where differences in the underlying knowledge base may significantly affect the new venture creation process.

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Paper provided by Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy in its series Papers in Innovation Studies with number 2006/6.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2006_006

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship; knowledge bases; new venture creation; researchbased spin-offs; university-generated knowledge;

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  1. Ejermo, Olof & Kander, Astrid, 2006. "The Swedish Paradox," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2006/1, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
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  1. Heidi Aslesen & Arne Isaksen & James Karlsen, 2012. "Modes of Innovation and Differentiated Responses to Globalisation—A Case Study of Innovation Modes in the Agder Region, Norway," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer, vol. 3(4), pages 389-405, December.

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