TITLE

A corporation's culture as an impetus for spinoffs and a driving force of industry evolution

AUTHOR(S)
Cordes, Christian; Richerson, Peter; Schwesinger, Georg
PUB. DATE
July 2014
SOURCE
Journal of Evolutionary Economics;Jul2014, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p689
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We offer a theory of spinoffs that explains some salient aspects of these important market entrants. In infant industries, a great share of new market opportunities is depleted by firms that spinoff from incumbents. A model emphasizing the relation between incumbents' evolving corporate cultures and the generation of spinoffs explains this regularity in industry evolution. By doing so, we capture different patterns in firm development that finally will help explain the evolutionary paths that industries may follow. We show that organizations reach a critical size that entails the collapse of a cooperative culture and triggers the exodus of personnel founding own firms. Thereby, organizations with a cooperative culture active in a dynamic business environment provide ideal training grounds for potential founders. Moreover, we argue that cooperative firm cultures and processes of 'entrepreneurial imprinting' are important sources of spinoffs' superior capabilities concerning their later market performance. We relate our findings to empirical evidence on developmental patterns in industries, such as genealogies and performance of spinoffs.
ACCESSION #
96927602

 

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