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Entrepreneurial Spin-Outs and Vanishing Technological Trajectory: Laser Diodes in the U.S. and Japan

  • Shimizu, Hiroshi
  • Wakutsu, Naohiko

By exploring the patterns of laser-diode technological development in the U.S. and Japan and theoretically examining market conditions and institutions that promote entrepreneurial spin-outs from a parental company, this study reveals how the existence and absence of entrepreneurial spin-out influence the ways in which technological trajectories emerge. It shows that vibrant entrepreneurial spin-out could hinder technological development, since the cumulative effects of incremental innovations on the technological trajectories could vanish if many firms spun out to target untapped sub-markets.

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Paper provided by Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series IIR Working Paper with number 13-21.

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Length: 30 p.
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:hit:iirwps:13-21
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