Are they helping? An examination of business incubators' impact on tenant firms


Ratinho Antunes de Oliveira, Tiago Filipe (2011) Are they helping? An examination of business incubators' impact on tenant firms. thesis.

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Abstract:Business incubators (BI) have been established throughout the world as spurs to
economic growth. Promoters and BIs‟ managers claim an important role in creating
companies, support them till graduation and therefore often boast their contribution
to job and wealth creation. Particularly since the 1980s, policy makers have been
endorsing BIs among other infrastructure to stimulate or regenerate regional
economies. Yet academic research has not been able to ascertain any of the above
mentioned impacts. The reason behind this might be the lack of an appropriate
theoretical background combined with the descriptive nature of most studies.
This thesis sheds light on the role of BIs in helping tenants. We will analyze how
BIs are providing services to their tenants, delving into the mechanisms of business
support delivery. We provide a fresh insight on BI research discussing the
theoretical foundations of the concept of incubation anchored in three main streams
of literature: economies of scale, learning and network theory. The focus is on the
internal operation of the BI, tackling levels of analysis such as the firm and the
Item Type:Thesis
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)
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