Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance seminar: Unleashing explorative potential — Spin-outs as linking contexts of inventors’ communities
This seminar focuses on corporate spin-outs as organizational contexts to catalyse research talent from diverse knowledge communities and, hence, encourage these researchers to establish cross-disciplinary collaborations to develop innovative technological solutions.
Prof. Stefano Breschi of the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi Italy) argues that inventors who experience spin-out increase the likelihood of collaborating with inventors who belong to other communities, whereas inventors who remain in the parent organization do so at a lower rate. Moreover, building on the intuition that network centrality leads to embeddedness, he argues that central inventors should benefit more from the spin-out experience than peripheral inventors. Longitudinal data on the patenting activity of a sample of inventors employed in eight US large corporations and their spin-outs provides evidence that is consistent with predictions.
Stefano Breschi obtained his PhD from the Department of Economics, Università di Pavia (Italy) in 1994. He is Professor of Applied Economics and Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Innovation, Internationalization, Technology Studies (KITeS) Research Centre at the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Milan (Italy). His main research interests are in the economics of technical change, industrial dynamics, social networks, economics of science, economics of the patent system, economic geography and regional economics.
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