Corporate Venture Capital: Towards Understanding Who Does it, Why and How - Executive Summary
11 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2009 Last revised: 27 Jul 2012
Date Written: August 1, 2007
Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) investments by established firms in entrepreneurial ventures are used to explore for new competences. I examine the question: Under what conditions do established firms engage in CVC? Conducting a field study and a quantitative study, I propose hypotheses about the influence of industry- and firm-level conditions on firms' CVC activity. I test these hypotheses by observing a sample of Fortune 500 firms longitudinally from 1990-2000. I also examine how CVC units enable exploratory learning in parent firms by inductively analyzing my field data. I discuss implications for corporate entrepreneurship, real options, organizational ambidexterity and dynamic capabilities.
Keywords: venture capital, entrepreneurial, venture, corporate venture capital, entrepreneurship
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