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    Academic entrepreneurship in a resource constrained environment: diversification and synergistic effects

    De Silva, Muthu and Uyarra, Elvira and Oakey, Ray (2015) Academic entrepreneurship in a resource constrained environment: diversification and synergistic effects. In: Audretsch, D.B. and Lehmann, E.E. and Link, A.N. and Starnecker, A. (eds.) Technology Transfer in a Global Economy. International Studies in Entrepreneurship 28. New York, U.S.: Springer-Verlag, pp. 73-97. ISBN 9781489992086.

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    This chapter investigates academic entrepreneurship in a resource-­constrained environment. Sequential mixed methods are adopted in three stages, namely, an initial context-specific data-gathering stage, an on-line survey, and in-depth interviews. It is revealed that entrepreneurial activity is a means of becoming resource-rich in a resource-constrained environment. In order to extract value from their environment, academic entrepreneurs adopt diversification strategies, which generate synergies between multiple academic entrepreneurial activities. Diversifying into a greater number of different activities is found to generate more synergistic effects than diversifying into a limited number of similar activities. Nevertheless, there remain synergies between those who adopt different diversification strategies, which highlight the importance of a university having a team of different academic entrepreneurs, who complement each other. Policy implications and future research avenues are considered in conclusion.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Europe, Income, Meso
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 09:45
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:39


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