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The influence of academic subcultures on researchers' intentions to start a spin-off

Lammers, J.H. (2015) The influence of academic subcultures on researchers' intentions to start a spin-off.

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Abstract:The use of scientific knowledge for society and economy, valorization, is stimulated by the Dutch government. Starting a new company out of public research, a spin-off, is a method to valorize knowledge. Nevertheless, contextual factors such as culture may influence the willingness to start a spin-off. Therefore this study researches how academic culture influences researchers' intentions to create spin-offs. The literature has extensively studied academic culture and spin-offs, but has not researched the specific relationship between academic subcultures within one university and its influence on intentions of academics to start a spin-off. This study uses a behavioural theory, the reasoned action approach, to research this subject. By means of questionnaires, respondents within two social and two technical departments of the University of Twente have evaluated their departmental culture and intention towards starting a spin-off. One third of the respondents has the intention to start a spin-off. Academics within the social departments regard their culture as not entrepreneurial, while the technical academics see their culture as entrepreneurial. These academic subcultures do not influence researchers' intentions to start a spin-off; there is no direct or indirect correlation between culture and intention.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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