When is a spinoff the best way to pursue a radical innovation? Insights from Shell technology ventures

Perrons, Robert K. (2011) When is a spinoff the best way to pursue a radical innovation? Insights from Shell technology ventures. In 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, 7 – 9 December, Wellington, New Zealand.

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The technology and innovation management literature offers somewhat conflicting evidence with regards to the formation of spinoff companies for radically new technologies. Sometimes spinoffs seem to be a very effective strategy—but not always. An obvious question emerges: under what conditions is a spinoff the best way to pursue a radical technology? This paper sheds light on this question by presenting case study evidence from spinoff firms within the Shell Technology Ventures portfolio. The data point to industry clockspeed as a potentially important variable in the decision to create a spinoff or not.

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ID Code: 48203
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Discontinuous Innovation, , Emerging Technologies
ISBN: 978-1-87704087-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 (please consult the author).
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2012 23:41
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 05:05

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