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Entrepreneurial Spawning and Firm Characteristics


  • Michel A. HABIB

    (University of Zurich, Swiss Finance Institute and CEPR)

  • Ulrich HEGE

    (HEC School of Management Paris)


    (EDHEC Business School)


We analyze the implications of entrepreneurial spawning for a variety of rm characteristics such as size, focus, profitability, and innovativeness. We examine the dynamics of spawning over time. Our model accounts for much of the empirical evidence relating to the relation between spawning and firm characteristics. Firms that have higher patent quality spawn more, as do firms that have higher knowhow. Older firms spawn less, they are more diversified and less profitable. Spawning frequency, focus, and profitability are positively related where spawning is driven by the value of organizational fit; they are negatively related with firm size.

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  • Michel A. HABIB & Ulrich HEGE & Pierre MELLA-BARRAL, "undated". "Entrepreneurial Spawning and Firm Characteristics," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 11-01, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp1101

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    1. repec:kap:sbusec:v:49:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s11187-017-9842-1 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. James D. Campbell & April Mitchell Franco, 2013. "Cannibalization, Innovation and Spin-outs," DRUID Working Papers 13-11, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.

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    innovation incentives; spawning; spinouts; organizational fit; firm size; firm focus; firm dynamics; spawning and diversifying entry.;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes


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