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THE GOVERNANCE OF KNOWLEDGE IN ACADEMIC SPIN-OFFS. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN ITALY AND UK.

Rizzo, Ugo (2010) THE GOVERNANCE OF KNOWLEDGE IN ACADEMIC SPIN-OFFS. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN ITALY AND UK. PhD Thesis , Università degli Studi di Ferrara.

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    Abstract

    The aim of the present work is to study the evolution of organizational knowledge within Academic Spin-off (ASO) firms throughout their life cycle. The exploitation of tacit and indivisible new knowledge developed in the context of academic institutions entails agency problems of different nature; one way to address such challenges is the creation of new business firms by the inventors. At the same time to remain viable and competitive the firm will need to either possess or develop a complex mix of tangible and intangible resources. This work studies the process of firm evolution by looking at the governance mechanisms within and across two Regional sample of ASOs (Emilia Romagna in Italy and Greater Manchester in UK) throughout the different stages of their development path. While the scholarly literature indicates implicitly that such a path is unique across all firms, our findings identify a high variety of organizational structures evolution paths undertaken by different firms. Moreover, the study also reveals how two different contexts approach differently the same phenomenon. It is argued that the UK’s greater experience in dealing with ASOs creation and development lead to a more standardized way of approaching the phenomenon compared to the Italian context. The study also offers some reflections in relation to the theory of the firm.

    Item Type:Thesis (PhD Thesis)
    Date:26 March 2010
    Tutor:Poma, Lucio
    Coordinator:Zambon, Stefano
    Institution:Università degli Studi di Ferrara
    PhD:XXII Anno 2007 > ECONOMIA
    Divisions:Dipartimento > Economia, istituzioni, territorio
    Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/06 Economia applicata
    Uncontrolled Keywords:governance of knowledge, academic spin-offs, technology transfer
    Deposited on:26 Jul 2010 08:41

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