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|Title:||Approaching the agora: Determinants of scientists' intentions to purse academic entrepreneurship |
Silbereisen, Rainer K.
|Issue Date:||2009 |
|Series/Report no.:||Jena economic research papers 2009,079|
|Abstract:||This study investigates predictors of scientists' intentions to commercialize their research through business founding. Analyzing a cross-sectional sample of 496 German scientists, we develop and test an intentions-based model of academic entrepreneurship combining personal and contextual factors. Empirical results demonstrate that intentions to start a science-based new venture are shaped by some personal characteristics (i.e., personal attitudes toward research commercialization, entrepreneurial control-beliefs, entrepreneurial self-identity, and prior entrepreneurial experience). Moreover, we find that the research context itself - i.e., normative influences of academic workplace peers - does not show a strong direct effect on entrepreneurial intentions. Moderator analyses deliver that peers have an influence primarily by person-context interactions via scientists' sense of identification with these peers. A mediation analysis further indicates that gender-related differences in entrepreneurial control-beliefs might help explain the widely-observed low proportion of female scientist-entrepreneurs.|
University-industry technology transfer
Theory of planned behavior
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik|
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