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


  • Gabrielsson, Jonas

    () (CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Landström, Hans

    () (Institute of Economic Research, Lund University)

  • E. Thomas, Brunsnes

    (CIRCLE, Lund University)


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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  • Gabrielsson, Jonas & Landström, Hans & E. Thomas, Brunsnes, 2006. "A Knowledge-based Categorization of Research-based Spin-off Creation," Papers in Innovation Studies 2006/6, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2006_006

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    1. Ejermo, Olof & Kander, Astrid, 2006. "The Swedish Paradox," Papers in Innovation Studies 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;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 3(4), pages 389-405, December.

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

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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