The internationalization of science and its influence on academic entrepreneurship

The Journal of Technology Transfer (Impact Factor: 1.18). 01/2009; 37(2):192-212. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-010-9182-7
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ABSTRACT We examine whether scientists employed in foreign countries and foreign-educated native researchers are more “entrepreneurial”
than their “domestic” counterparts. We conjecture that foreign-born and foreign-educated scientists possess broader scientific
skills and social capital, which increases their likelihood that they will start their own companies. To test this hypothesis
we analyze comprehensive data from researchers at the Max Planck Society in Germany. Our findings provide strong support for
the conjecture that academic entrepreneurship can be stimulated by facilitating the mobility of scientists across countries.

KeywordsAcademic entrepreneurship–Academic spin-offs–Career mobility–Scientific mobility

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