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Spinoffs and Entrepreneurial Talent

  • Mili Shrivastava


    (Graduate College "The Economics of Innovative Change" and Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public policy group, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

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    Spinoffs firms are an important source of industry dynamics and innovation. While an emerging body of literature identifies strategic disagreements and ideas as determinants of spinoffs, neither of them can completely explain the spinoff process. Mere disagreements or brilliant flashes of ideas do not always lead to spinoffs. This study brings individual level determinants at the forefront in spinoff formation. Based on insights from the occupational choice theory, we argue that spinoff process is a distinctive class of entrepreneurial entrants and entrepreneurial talent is a major determinant in formation of spinoffs. Entrepreneurial talent modulates the impact of strategic disagreements and ideas on the decision to spi

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    Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2010-059.

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    Date of creation: 25 Aug 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2010-059
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    1. van Praag, C M & Cramer, J S, 2001. "The Roots of Entrepreneurship and Labour Demand: Individual Ability and Low Risk Aversion," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 68(269), pages 45-62, February.
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