Arbeitspapiere des Instituts für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel
This study examines how different organizational learning strategies (i.e., exploration or exploitation) impact the sales growth of technology spin-outs, and the role of the parent firm in this context. Using knowledge-based and learning views of the firm, we propose that spin-out performance benefits from exploration, but suffers from exploitation. Results based on a sample of 134 spin-outs support these arguments. Additionally, parent goodwill reinforced the positive effect of exploration, whereas high market similarity to the parent firm increased the negative effect of exploitation.