Entrepreneurship and prior experience as antecedents of absorptive capacity of high-tech academic spin-offs

H. Khodaei*, V. Scholten, E.F.M. Wubben, S.W.F. Omta

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We investigate the influence of entrepreneurial orientation and team efficacy, in addition to the impact of domain-specific industry and research experience of spin-off management teams, on absorptive capacity, both potential and realised. A multiple regression analysis in 95 Dutch high-tech academic spin-offs indicates that entrepreneurial orientation and domain-specific research experience are positively related to potential absorptive capacity while entrepreneurial orientation, team efficacy and domain-specific industry experience are positively related to realised absorptive capacity. Analyses of the explained variance show that entrepreneurial orientation and team efficacy provide a higher contribution to absorptive capacity than domain-specific experience, which contributes to recent debates on antecedents of absorptive capacity for academic spin-offs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-115
JournalJournal on Chain and Network Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • absorptive capacity
  • entrepreneurial team efficacy
  • entrepreneurial orientation
  • domain-specific experience
  • academic spin-offs


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