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

Mozhdeh Taheri (First Author), Qing Ye (Participant Author), Marina Mette van Geenhuizen (Participant Author)

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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
    JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
    Volume30
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Corresponding author email

    m.s.vangeenhuizen@tudelft.nl

    Keywords

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

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    • ABDC-C
    • Scopus
    • SSCI

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