A Typology of Clean Technology Commercialization Accelerators

Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (JET-M), 32, 26-39, 2014

14 Pages Posted: 24 May 2015

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Kourosh Malek

Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Elicia Maine

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Management of Technology; Simon Fraser University - Policy Analysis

Ian P. McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

Accelerators are a type of incubation program that are concerned with attracting, supporting and developing new ventures. Although there is significant enthusiasm for accelerators and their potential benefits, there is limited research on how their core capabilities can vary. In response, we develop a typology of accelerator capabilities taking into account their strategy, governance, business model, operations and finance. To develop the typology we carried out a benchmark analysis of six clean energy commercialization accelerators (CECAs). From this we verified and illustrated the dimensions of our typology and identified four types of accelerator capabilities: R&D focused, technology enabled, market enabled, and network enabled. We then use a seventh accelerator case to illustrate how our typology can be used to describe, understand and prescribe appropriate capabilities for a CECA. We conclude our paper by explaining the research and practice implications of our research.

Keywords: accelerators, clean technology, incubator, typology, business model, clean energy commercialization, new ventures

JEL Classification: O32, O31, O30, M13

Suggested Citation

Malek, Kourosh and Maine, Elicia M.A. and McCarthy, Ian P., A Typology of Clean Technology Commercialization Accelerators (June 1, 2014). Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (JET-M), 32, 26-39, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2609624

Kourosh Malek

Simon Fraser University (SFU) ( email )

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Elicia M.A. Maine (Contact Author)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Management of Technology ( email )

Segal Graduate School of Business
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Canada

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Simon Fraser University - Policy Analysis ( email )

Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

Ian P. McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

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