Differences in social networks between highly and medium to low spin-offs: do they lead to different growth?

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Soetanto, Danny and Geenhuizen, Marina van (2008) Differences in social networks between highly and medium to low spin-offs: do they lead to different growth? In: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands .

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Event: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract:University spin-off firms are believed to contribute to innovation of the (regional) economy through entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer and linkages with larger firms. Social networks play a vital role in the early years of spin-off firms, but there is virtually no knowledge on the critical characteristics of these networks, and on differences between highly innovative and medium-to-low innovative spin-offs in this respect. First, we highlight theoretical viewpoints on social network formation, Next, we discuss the methodological aspects of the empirical study. This is followed by a comparative descriptive analysis of social networks and two separate estimations of job growth for highly innovative spin-offs (HIS) and medium-to-low innovative spin-offs (MLIS). The results indicate an overall smaller role of social networks for HIS, as well as a different role of strength of relationships and importance of local partners for HIS compared with MLIS.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:University spin-offs, social capital, social networks, innovation strategy, growth
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/proceedings/99
Organisation URL:http://www.utwente.nl/bms/nikos/
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