University spin-off firms’ struggle with openness in early knowledge relationships: in search of antecedents and outcomes

Mozhdeh Taheri, Qing Ye, Marina van Geenhuizen

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Abstract

Little is known about how young high-tech ventures create openness in their knowledge networks. This paper explores the influence of antecedent resources on openness in knowledge networks, seen as diversity in knowledge partners, and explores the impact of openness on growth. The results from 105 university spin-off firms suggest that three antecedents positively influence openness, namely, founders’ prestart experience, education and innovation experience, and one negatively, namely, size of the founding team. Regarding non-linearity, there are signs of cubic influences, potentially in line with passing critical junctures. In addition, external factors tend to have no influence on openness, except for region of location. Further, shaping the right amount of openness and benefitting from it seem a struggle, as an increasing openness tends to influence growth with decreasing returns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1310-1324
Number of pages15
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Volume30
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • curve-linearity
  • diversity
  • knowledge networks
  • Openness
  • university spin-off firms

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