Who Needs Business Experience? How Pre-Foundation Innovation Activities Impact Early Exports

Achim Walter, Thomas Ritter, Nicole Coviello, Nora Otte

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    Abstrakt

    This paper investigates how early internationalization is impacted by certain pre-founding innovation activities of an academic spin-off’s team. Framed in the imprinting, experiential knowledge and network literatures, we combine and assess patent analysis with survey data. Our findings link the founding teams’ pre-foundation R&D and customer collaborations to early exports. We also show that pre-foundation involvement in these various forms of collaboration, as well as a diverse stock of prior technical knowledge, can compensate for a lack of business experience in the team. The results also show that prior business experience does not predict very early export (within three years). Our results offer fresh insight to the international business and international entrepreneurship literatures, and implications for policy development. In particular, international R&D collaborations at public research institutions should be fostered to allow academic spin-offs the greatest potential for early internationalization of their technology.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato2015
    Antal sider28
    StatusUdgivet - 2015
    BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015: Opening Governance - Vancouver, Canada
    Varighed: 7 aug. 201511 aug. 2015
    Konferencens nummer: 75
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    Konference

    KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015
    Nummer75
    LandCanada
    ByVancouver
    Periode07/08/201511/08/2015
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    Emneord

    • Academic spin-off
    • Early internationalization
    • Innovation

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