University Spin-Offs and Their Impact: Longitudinal Evidence from Italy

Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 41 (4), 237-263, 2014

30 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2014 Last revised: 15 Jun 2017

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Daniela Bolzani

University of Bologna

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: August 18, 2014

Abstract

The creation of University Spin-Off companies (USOs) is one of the most visible form of commercialization of university research. To date, there is scant and mixed evidence about USOs and their performance, thus producing a debate about their impact on the economy and society and about the legitimization of policies to support their development. In this paper, we address this gap by providing evidence about the growth strategies and performances of USOs in the Italian context. We analyze the population of 935 USOs spun-off from Italian public universities since 2000, highlighting potential avenues for future research on this important topic.

Keywords: University Spin-Offs, Academic entrepreneurship, Growth, Performance

Suggested Citation

Bolzani, Daniela and Fini, Riccardo and Grimaldi, Rosa and Sobrero, Maurizio, University Spin-Offs and Their Impact: Longitudinal Evidence from Italy (August 18, 2014). Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 41 (4), 237-263, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2482184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2482184

Daniela Bolzani

University of Bologna ( email )

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Bologna, 40100
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Riccardo Fini (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Italy

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Imperial College London ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
40126 Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
+39 051 2098076 (Phone)

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