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The Networked Business Incubator: Leveraging Entrepreneurial Agency

Posted: 2 Oct 2007  

Anne Bøllingtoft

University of Aarhus - Faculty of Business Administration

John P. Ulhøi

University of Aarhus - Aarhus School of Business

Abstract

Recent years have seen the emergence of a new incubator model, the "networked incubator", which is a hybrid form of the archetypal business incubators, based on territorial synergy, relational symbiosis and economies of scale, to the benefit of the participating 'incubatees'. The question addressed in this paper is why this new model has emerged and what distinguishes it from the more traditional incubator model. The theoretical basis of the research is social capital theory. Empirically, the paper is based on 6 months' ethnographic data collected in one of the first known networked incubators. The closing section of the paper addresses the implications for research and practitioners.

Keywords: business incubators, networked incubators, entrepreneurship, social capital theory, network theory

JEL Classification: L22, O32, P13

Suggested Citation

Bøllingtoft, Anne and Ulhøi, John P., The Networked Business Incubator: Leveraging Entrepreneurial Agency. Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1018079

Anne Bøllingtoft (Contact Author)

University of Aarhus - Faculty of Business Administration ( email )

Haslegaardsvej 10
DK-8210 Aarhus, 8210
Denmark

John P. Ulhøi

University of Aarhus - Aarhus School of Business ( email )

Haslegaardsvej 10
DK-8210 Aarhus, 8210
Denmark
+45 8948 6688 (Phone)

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