Learning to incubate: evidence from Greece (1995-2005)

Giannis Chatziris, Victor Scholten, Willem Hulsink

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Aim of the present study is to analyze and explain the contribution of business incubators to the promotion of entrepreneurship. Drawing upon previous research findings and three distinct theoretical perspectives, namely the resource-based view, the resource dependence approach and the social capital theory, we propose a theoretical framework allowing for a pattern-benchmark model for successful business incubation. After gathering secondary data on the business incubation industry in Greece, and qualitative data through face-to-face interviews with Greek incubators’ managers, the model is empirically validated in order to sketch the particular incubation landscape and identify best practices. The cases that are examined through a comparative analysis based on our research framework revealed that incubators were developed in two expansion waves, representing different ownership structures and objectives. The findings are further discussed for their theoretical, managerial and policy implications, while some recommendations for the further development of the industry are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference 2008
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789036526685
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2008 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 21 May 200823 May 2008
Conference number: 16


Conference16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2008
Abbreviated titleHTSF


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