Promoting university startups: International patterns, vicarious learning and policy implications

  • Miner A
  • Gong Y
  • Ciuchta M
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Anecdotal evidence indicates universities around the world fashion programs to permit or encourage university-linked start ups, in pursuit of improved regional wealth and job creation, often influenced by the iconic vision of Silicon Valley. This paper explores whether these programs are leading to a pattern of similar startups across the world, and gradually improving performance, or to ongoing variation in activities and outcomes, with potential for both harmful and serendipitous unintended outcomes. We use a theoretical lens of research on multiple organizations trying to learn from others—or repeated vicarious organizational learning. The paper first suggests that while startup programs share similar goals they do not generate similar startups across regions and time, with important variation

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  • International patterns
  • Organizational vicarious learning
  • University-startups

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  • Anne S. Miner

  • Yan Gong

  • Michael P. Ciuchta

  • Anthony Sadler

  • John Surdyk

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