The Relationship between Knowledge Transfer, Top Management Team Composition, and Performance: The Case of Science‐Based Entrepreneurial Firms

27 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2011

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Mirjam Knockaert

Vlerick Business School

Deniz Ucbasaran

University of Nottingham

Mike Wright

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bart Clarysse

ETH Zürich

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

The increased pressure put on public research institutes to commercialize their research results has given rise to an increased academic interest in technology transfer. We assess under which conditions tacit knowledge transfer contributes to the performance of academic spin‐offs. Using an inductive case study approach, our evidence suggests that tacit knowledge is most effectively transferred when a substantial part of the original research team joins the new venture as founders. Commercial expertise and mindset are also required in the team on the condition that the cognitive distance between the scientific researchers and the person responsible for commercialization is not too large.

Suggested Citation

Knockaert, Mirjam and Ucbasaran, Deniz and Wright, Mike and Clarysse, Bart, The Relationship between Knowledge Transfer, Top Management Team Composition, and Performance: The Case of Science‐Based Entrepreneurial Firms (July 2011). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 777-803, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1885312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00405.x

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Deniz Ucbasaran

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Mike Wright

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Bart Clarysse

ETH Zürich ( email )

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