Academics’ Start-Up Intentions and Knowledge Filters: An Individual Perspective of the Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship

Posted: 25 Jan 2014

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Maribel Guerrero

University of Deusto - Deusto Business School

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: November 24, 2013

Abstract

Previous studies suggest that entrepreneurial activity tends to be greater in contexts where investment in new knowledge is relatively high (e.g., entrepreneurial universities). However, in this specific knowledge context, only a few academics recognize opportunities and act on them through entrepreneurial activities (e.g., spin-offs). A plausible explanation could be the existence of several filters that limit the total conversion of knowledge into economically useful knowledge. The vehicle to knowledge transfer is entrepreneurship. Therefore, the main actor is the academic entrepreneur, but no empirical study has highlighted the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship at the individual level. The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of academics’ start-up intentions and knowledge filters on the knowledge transfer process within entrepreneurial university. Adopting the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship and the planned behavior theory, a proposed model was tested with a sample of 207 academics enrolled in entrepreneurial universities in Spain using structural equation modeling. Our findings could provide insights for policy-makers to design policies that bring further benefits to society and educational organizations as well as significant contributions to the literature.

Keywords: Knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial universities, Academic entrepreneurship, Start-up intentions, Knowledge filters

JEL Classification: M13, L26, I23, I28

Suggested Citation

Guerrero, Maribel and Urbano, David, Academics’ Start-Up Intentions and Knowledge Filters: An Individual Perspective of the Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship (November 24, 2013). Small Business Economics, DOI 10.1007/s11187-013-9526-4, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2384475

Maribel Guerrero (Contact Author)

University of Deusto - Deusto Business School ( email )

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Spain

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain
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