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Spin-out Generation, Growth and Survival

By Rajshree Agarwal, April M. Franco, Raj Echambadi and Mb SarkarRajshree Agarwal, Raj Echambadi, April M. Franco and Mb Sarkar


This paper examines the role of knowledge as a driver of an organization’s formation, and as a subsequent source of its competitive advantage. We investigate the parent−progeny knowledge transfer relationship, and the impact of this congenital learning on the evolution and performance of a spin−out (an entrepreneurial venture by an ex−employee). Using data from the disk drive industry, we show that incumbent knowledge capabilities, related to technology and market pioneering, predict spin−out formation. Parent's capabilities at the time of spin−out founding positively affect spin−out knowledge capabilities, and result in spin−outs having higher probabilities of survival relative to other entrants. All authors contributed equally. The names are arranged in alphabetical orde

Year: 2011
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