Voodoo institution or entrepreneurial university? The role of spin-out companies in the entrepreneurial system

Harrison, Richard and Leitch, Claire (2010) Voodoo institution or entrepreneurial university? The role of spin-out companies in the entrepreneurial system. Regional Studies, 44 (9). pp. 1241-1262. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

University spin-off companies occupy a prominent position in both government and university policies and aspirations for the commercialization of university research for economic benefit at regional and national levels. However, most university spin-off companies start small and remain small, reflecting founder aspirations, capabilities, and resource endowments. Based on detailed analysis of university spin-offs in Northern Ireland, it is concluded that these companies are technology lifestyle businesses not dynamic high-growth potential start-ups, and it is suggested that the prominence given to spin-offs in the analysis of technology transfer and in discussions of the economic impacts of universities is misplaced.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Regional Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/aacsb/disciplinebasedresearch
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
ID Code: 55479
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 08:34
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 01:42
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55479

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