Business support within business incubators

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Abstract

Business incubators (BI) have been established worldwide as tools for company creation and small businesses support. BIs claim to help their tenants by providing them with the optimal conditions for increasing early stage survival. Practitioners and researchers agree that business support is a crucial dimension of BI. Yet this feature is seldom researched. In this study we investigate to what extent business incubators support their tenants overcome their developmental problems. Results show that tenants do not experience many problems and when they do business support is not necessarily sought. Furthermore, our data suggests that business support is not preferentially sought within incubator environment. When this happens, support provided by the BI does not contribute to problem solving. Finally, we discuss the impact of the type of BI in helping their tenants.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication16th International Product Development Management Conference " Managing Dualities in the Innovation Journey"
Place of PublicationTwente
PublisherEuropean Institute for Advanced Studies in Management
Pages166-167
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)issn 1998-7374
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2009
Event16th International Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2009: Managing Dualities in the Innovation Journey - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jun 20099 Jun 2009
Conference number: 16

Publication series

Name
PublisherEuropean Institute for Advanced Studies in Management
ISSN (Print)1998-7374

Conference

Conference16th International Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2009
Abbreviated titleIPDMC
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period8/06/099/06/09

Keywords

  • METIS-257781
  • IR-73692
  • Problem Solving
  • Business Support
  • Business Incubation
  • Business Incubators

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Ratinho, T., Harms, R., & Groen, A. J. (2009). Business support within business incubators. In 16th International Product Development Management Conference " Managing Dualities in the Innovation Journey" (pp. 166-167). Twente: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management.