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Corporate meets startup : exploring factors affecting inter-organizational knowledge transfer

Landmesser, Felix (2019) Corporate meets startup : exploring factors affecting inter-organizational knowledge transfer.

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Abstract:Startups are a potential source of new knowledge for corporates. Corporates are increasingly setting up startup programs to institutionalize cooperation with startups and to realize joint projects. However, promising collaborative projects often fail because knowledge cannot be transferred between startup and corporate. This paper examines factors that increase the probability of successful knowledge transfer. An abductive research approach with case studies and expert interviews was chosen. Within the framework of the elaboration, factors for knowledge transfer that have hardly been studied so far are discussed: in particular, the employees involved on the corporate side are decisive for successful knowledge transfer. Liaison or transfer managers of the startup program act as bridge builders between startup and corporate. Within the corporate, employees must be involved in projects at an early stage in order to create ownership, while prioritization and commitment must be exemplified by the management. The theoretical findings are supplemented by a checklist for users such as innovation managers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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