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The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 653–666 | Cite as

Determinants and consequences of university spinoff activity: a conceptual framework

  • Rory P. O’Shea
  • Harveen Chugh
  • Thomas J. Allen
Article

Abstract

The characteristics and behavior of university spinoff activity is an important subject in economic and management studies literature. Such studies merit research because it is suggested that university innovations stimulate economies by spurring product development, by creating new industries, and by contributing to employment and wealth creation. For this reason, universities have come to be highly valued in terms of the economic potential of their research efforts. The aim of this paper is to offer a framework for the study of academic entrepreneurship that explains different aspects of university spinoff behavior in a coherent way. We suggest that the existing literature on this topic can be categorized into six separate streams and synthesized in a framework that captures the determinants and consequences of spinoff activity.

Keywords

University spinoffs Academic entrepreneurship 

JEL Classifications

L31 M13 O31 O32 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rory P. O’Shea
    • 1
  • Harveen Chugh
    • 2
  • Thomas J. Allen
    • 3
  1. 1.UCD School of BusinessUniversity College Dublin, National University of IrelandDublinIreland
  2. 2.Entrepreneurship Centre, Tanaka Business SchoolImperial College London, South Kensington campusLondonUK
  3. 3.MIT Sloan School of ManagementCambridgeUSA

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