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Corporate incubators as knowledge brokers between business units and ventures

Corporate incubators as knowledge brokers between business units and ventures Through digitization and globalization, corporate incubators have gained new relevance as tool to foster innovation within established companies. Although many studies address business incubators in general, the specifics of corporate incubators are often neglected in the literature. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachThe author systematically reviewed academic articles regarding corporate incubation, published in peer-reviewed journals. In the course of a subsequent analysis, open questions for further research were identified and addressed.FindingsCorporate incubators differ significantly from business incubators. Based on an analysis of 45 academic papers, the main features of corporate incubators have been identified and addressed.Originality/valueThe present work suggests that it is one of the first that systematically analyze the literature on corporate incubation. Based on the literature review, a holistic framework was constructed that highlights the different elements of corporate incubation and also considers the incubator as knowledge broker between business units and ventures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Innovation Management Emerald Publishing

Corporate incubators as knowledge brokers between business units and ventures

European Journal of Innovation Management , Volume 23 (3): 26 – Apr 15, 2020

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1460-1060
DOI
10.1108/ejim-12-2017-0201
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Abstract

Through digitization and globalization, corporate incubators have gained new relevance as tool to foster innovation within established companies. Although many studies address business incubators in general, the specifics of corporate incubators are often neglected in the literature. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachThe author systematically reviewed academic articles regarding corporate incubation, published in peer-reviewed journals. In the course of a subsequent analysis, open questions for further research were identified and addressed.FindingsCorporate incubators differ significantly from business incubators. Based on an analysis of 45 academic papers, the main features of corporate incubators have been identified and addressed.Originality/valueThe present work suggests that it is one of the first that systematically analyze the literature on corporate incubation. Based on the literature review, a holistic framework was constructed that highlights the different elements of corporate incubation and also considers the incubator as knowledge broker between business units and ventures.

Journal

European Journal of Innovation ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 15, 2020

Keywords: Knowledge transfer; Innovation management; Technology management; Corporate incubation

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