1 Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Centre for Organizational Renewal and Evolution (CORE), Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University5 Deakin University6 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University7 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University8 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Implications for research in the social sciences and humanities
This paper employs a qualitative method to analyze a successful university spinoff venture that originates from research conducted in a humanities discipline. We offer insight into 1) how socio-spatial contexts may be structured to better evaluate the entrepreneurial facilitation process and 2) why academic entrepreneurship in the social sciences and humanities may differ from the hard sciences. Our findings illustrate the importance of bridging innovation using twin skills to balance research and commercial goals, the need for codifying knowledge capacities and creating new or changing existing institutional structures to legitimize and facilitate entrepreneurial activity. The research also demonstrates the great value in auto-ethnographic techniques to bring fresh insight to the study of entrepreneurship. Directions for future research are offered.
Academy of Management Perspectives, 2010, Vol 24, Issue 1, p. 46-61