Technological and Marketing Capabilities of Incumbent Firms as Sources of Opportunities for Spinouts

Aliasghar Bahoo Torodi, Keld Laursen, Salvatore Torrisi

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Entrepreneurship literature on spin-outs (new ventures by ex-employees of incumbent firms) suggests that increases in either the level of incumbent firms’ technological or market knowledge enhance the likelihood of spin-outs’ entry. Conditional on spawning new ventures, in this paper we examine whether the knowledge structure of incumbent firms would affect the strategic direction of ventures spawned. Analyses of data from the biotech industry supported our hypotheses linking the focus of incumbents’ technological and market portfolio to their spin-outs’ pattern of entry to the same (or different) technological fields or market segments as their parent firms. Our results contribute to the strategy and entrepreneurship literatures by providing a novel perspective on incumbent firms as source of new venture formation and their post-entry strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online, Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021
Conference number: 81


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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