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Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship: The Organizational Side of Technology Commercialization

Ulrich Witt and C. Zellner

Papers on Economics and Evolution from Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography

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 contrasting 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.

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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