A dynamic view on interactions between academic spin-offs and their parent organizations

Tania Treibich, Kornelia Elke Konrad, Bernhard Truffer

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Abstract

Literature on academic spin-offs gives evidence of different modes of interaction between spin-offs and their parent and their relative role in different modes of knowledge production. In this article, we examine the development of interactions between academic spin-offs and their parent organizations over a mid- to long-term period (4–15 years), drawing on a series of 25 case studies of spin-off/parent pairs from France and Switzerland. We show that the relational trajectories can be captured by four major dynamic patterns. These patterns range from an early cut-off of interactions in line with a linear model of innovation to sustained interactions supporting joint production of knowledge. Some patterns even include a change in the mode of knowledge production over time. In addition, we identify a number of determinants, internal or external to the pair, affecting the dynamic pattern. We conclude that management of spin-off processes and support policies for academic spin-offs should embrace this dynamic diversity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-462
JournalTechnovation
Volume33
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2013

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  • IR-86742

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Treibich, Tania ; Konrad, Kornelia Elke ; Truffer, Bernhard. / A dynamic view on interactions between academic spin-offs and their parent organizations. In: Technovation. 2013 ; Vol. 33, No. 12. pp. 450-462.
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In: Technovation, Vol. 33, No. 12, 26.07.2013, p. 450-462.

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