The Puzzle of Insular Domains: A Longitudinal Study of Knowledge Structuration and Innovation in Biotechnology Firms

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2007

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2007

15 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2007

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Gerard George

Singapore Management University

Reddi Kotha

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Management Department

Yanfeng Zheng

Clemson University

Abstract

In this study we explain the puzzle of insular domains: insular domains are niches where new innovation is built on the knowledge within the domain. Given the nature of knowledge needed for new innovation in an insular domain the puzzle is why do new firms enter these niches? In a longitudinal sample of 128 biotechnology start-ups founded from 1980 to 1999 we explain why start-ups enter insular domains and how the start-ups develop technology capabilities.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

George, Gerard and Kotha, Reddi and Zheng, Yanfeng, The Puzzle of Insular Domains: A Longitudinal Study of Knowledge Structuration and Innovation in Biotechnology Firms. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2007; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1060441

Gerard George (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University ( email )

469 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 912409
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://www.smu.edu.sg/faculty/profile/118836/Gerry-GEORGE

Reddi Kotha

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Management Department ( email )

469 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 912409
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://www.business.smu.edu.sg/Faculty/management/reddikotha.asp

Yanfeng Zheng

Clemson University ( email )

101 Sikes Ave
Clemson, SC 29634
United States

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