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Exploring the Characteristics of Public Research Spinoff Founders: Evidence from the Bologna Area
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Giuseppe Claudio Doronzo, Università degli Studi di Bologna, 2007-08
Giuseppe Claudio Doronzo
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This study encompassed on the phenomenon of the academic spin offs first in the US, then in Europe and in Italy. In Chapter 1 the concept of public research spin off is proposed, then successful examples of public research spin offs are shown; basing on academic literature, 11 reasons why public research spin offs are important are discussed; last, specific reasons of Italian research spin offs are analysed. Chapter 2, based on the analysis of academic literature, tries to give to the reader the main definitions of important factors in the process which leads to the entrepreneurial behaviour.
In Chapter 3 and 4 the author has tried to explain what are the main motivations, the typical personal traits and the attitudes of entrepreneurs, the obstacles and the support they found in their work, through the statistical analysis of 75 questionnaires proposed in face to face interviews conduced between January and March 2007. Chapter 3 analyses the sample of entrepreneurs interviewed, the sample of public research spin off companies they founded, and the questionnaire used for this research.
In Chapter 4 the author thoroughly analyzed the results of the survey in all its various different features and constructs as introduced in Chapter 2. I presented a descriptive results of the different questions posed to the interviewees. In order to complete this work more intensive research was carried through. Three different categorizations of the sample of 77 entrepreneurs was effected in order to understand possible correlations among specific groups of entrepreneurs and some of the constructs/questions investigated by the questionnaire. These differences were measured through T-Student tests, which allow a comparison between two samples with different numerosity taken from the same population.
Last, in Chapter 5, results of the research are summarised and reviewed.
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