The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 1603–1637 | Cite as

Technology spin-offs: teamwork, autonomy, and the exploitation of business opportunities

  • Marco Corsino
  • Paola Giuri
  • Salvatore TorrisiEmail author


This study analyzes the antecedents of technology spin-off resulting from the exploitation of patented technology developed in established firms and then transferred to a new organization. We hypothesize and empirically examine how teamwork and autonomy, two key dimensions of the established organization’s inventive activity, correlate with spin-off formation. The results, based on a large-scale survey of inventors, show that (1) inventive activities organized as teamwork are less likely to engender the creation of a new firm and (2) granting strategic autonomy increases the likelihood of a spin-off whereas structural autonomy decreases the chances of a spin-off.


Technology spinoff Technology transfer Entrepreneurship Innovation process Patents 

JEL Classification

M13 032 O34 



Previous versions were presented at the Annual Conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association in Leuven (2012), the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Orlando (2013), the European Academy of Management Annual Conference in Istanbul (2013), the Entrepreneurship Exemplar Conference in Denver (2014) and the Strategic Management Society Special Conference in Tel Aviv (2014). We are particularly grateful for comments to earlier versions of the paper by Tim Folta, Keld Laursen, Gideon Markman and Richard Priem. Financial support from the PRIN National Research Programme of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (Project B41J12000160008) and from the InnoS&T EC project (Contract No. 217299) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Management and StatisticsUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.ICRIOSBocconi UniversityMilanItaly

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