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Knowledge-based entrepreneurship: The organizational side of technology commercialization

Ulrich Witt () and Christian Zellner ()
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Ulrich Witt: Max-Planck-Institute Jena, Evolutionary Economics group
Christian Zellner: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation

No cemi-report-2005-002, CEMI Working Papers from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Collège du Management de la Technologie, Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Institute, Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation

Abstract: New knowledge with commercial potential is continually created in academic institutions. How is it turned into economically valuable businesses? This paper argues that the transfer is an entrepreneurial process. To understand this, the actions and the constraints characteristic for the entrepreneurial reshaping of the division of labor must be recognized. In the case of knowledge-based entrepreneurship, specific constraints result from the peculiarities of scientific knowledge – epitomized by constrasting tacit and encoded knowledge. Scientifically trained labor is required for transferring both forms of knowledge. However, the mode of transfer differs crucially and shapes the organizational form of commercializing new scientific knowledge.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; knowledge transfer; technology commercialization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L23 M13 O31 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cbe, nep-ent, nep-ino and nep-tid
Date: 2005-05
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