The Product Market and the Market for 'Ideas': Commercialization Strategies for Technology Entrepreneurs
Joshua S. Gans
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; NBER
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
June 22, 2002
This paper presents a synthetic framework identifying the central drivers of start-up commercialization strategy and the implications of these drivers for industrial dynamics. We link strategy to the commercialization environment - the microeconomic and strategic conditions facing a firm that is translating an "idea" into a value proposition for customers. The framework addresses why technology entrepreneurs in some environments undermine established firms, while others cooperate with incumbents and reinforce existing market power. Our analysis suggests that competitive interaction between start-up innovators and established firms depends on the presence or absence of a "market for ideas." By focusing on the operating requirements, efficiency, and institutions associated with markets for ideas, this framework holds several implications for the management of high-technology entrepreneurial firms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: commercialization, start-up, entrepreneurs, innovation strategy, ideas market
JEL Classification: L1
Date posted: July 20, 2002
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