How do business incubators govern incubation relationships with different new ventures?

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Date: Aug. 2022
From: Technovation(Vol. 116)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 338 words

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Keywords Business incubators; New ventures; Incubation relationship; Governance mechanism; Anticipatory bases view Highlights * A framework for the governance mechanism of incubation relationships is proposed. * The framework is developed through typologies and the embedded case study method. * Four types of new ventures are identified based on team and project anticipations. * Four differentiated governance mechanisms for incubation relationships are found. Abstract For both business incubators (BIs) and new ventures (NVs), the incubation relationship holds great significance. Prior studies have focused on the effect of incubation relationships, namely, the performance of NVs and the performance of BIs. However, they have neglected how BIs govern incubation relationships with different NVs, which is the prerequisite to translating incubation relationships between BIs and NVs into performance. To bridge this gap, we adopt typologies and the embedded case study method to analyze one BI and eight representative NVs of the BI. First, we introduce the team anticipations and project anticipations of the anticipatory bases view to develop a two-by-two matrix that accounts for four types of NVs, including star incubation NVs, team incubation NVs, project incubation NVs and ordinary incubation NVs. Furthermore, we find that BIs adopt four differentiated corresponding governance mechanisms for incubation relationships with different types of NVs including a trust mechanism, trust-based contract mechanism, contract-based trust mechanism, and contract mechanism. Finally, based on the governance mechanisms for different types of NVs, we present a framework for the governance mechanism of incubation relationships by BIs. We also discuss the wider implications for both BIs and NVs. Author Affiliation: (a) School of Economics and Management, Dalian University of Technology, No.2 Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District, Dalian, Liaoning Province, PR China (b) School of Business, Jiangnan University, No.1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, PR China * Corresponding author. School of Business, Jiangnan University, No.1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, PR China. Article History: Received 30 November 2019; Revised 26 June 2021; Accepted 16 February 2022 Byline: Shaojie Han [hansj0705@126.com] (a), Jingqin Su [jingqin@dlut.edu.cn] (a), Yibo Lyu [lvyibo79@163.com] (b,*), Qing Liu [carolineliu@mail.dlut.edu.cn] (a)

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