The Contribution of Corporate Ventures to Radical Innovation
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Universite du Luxembourg; Catholic University of Leuven (KUL); Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
August 1, 2010
Established firms often face significant obstacles to innovation. As a solution, it has been suggested to form corporate ventures. Based on a sample of corporate and independent ventures in German manufacturing, we show that corporate ventures are more innovative than the control group, i.e. the independent ventures. In particular, corporate ventures are more successful at developing radical innovations. This effect, however, decreases with the ventures’ degree of ownership concentration. We conclude that corporate ventures with a high ownership concentration are more likely to be controlled and monitored by their corporate sponsors, resulting in less favorable conditions for radical innovation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 54
Keywords: corporate entrepreneurship, start-ups, radical innovation
JEL Classification: L26, M13, O31, O32working papers series
Date posted: January 31, 2011
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