ACADEMIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN UNFRIENDLY ENVIRONMENTS: ROWING AGAINST THE WIND?

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CONGRESO ACADEMIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN UNFRIENDLY ENVIRONMENTS: ROWING AGAINST THE WIND?

Abstract

Academic spin-offs, increasingly relevant, foster knowledge transfer, innovation and diversified economic growth. In Spain the academic entrepreneurship is a recent practice, has been deeply hit by the crisis. This investigation aims at advancing research on academic entrepreneurship in times of austerity, by conducting an in-depth analysis of the key resources for spin-off creation in a technical university operating in an unfiendly environment. Building on the O¿Shea et al.¿s (2008) academic entrepreneurship framework, a case study research strategy is developed. Qualitative and quantitative analysis are combined ¿ extending prior research. A survey was applied to spin-offs of the target university, and relevant agents were interviewed. Results show a relatively favourable influence of institutional and organizational drivers, a mixed role ¿ depending on specific motivations ¿ of personal factors, and a rather adverse local context ¿ given the structural unfriendliness of the environment combined with the current Spanish economic downturn.