Incubating incubators: can a business be created through a project-based planning approach?

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Carsten Nico Portefée Hjortsø, Katharina Anna Pötz

Setting up business incubators has become and industry in its own right. In this article, we return to incubator development studies but focus on the specific process through which involved stakeholders develop the new organization that should deliver services to future incubatees and become a self-sustaining, dynamic business. In particular, we raise the question of how incubators should be set-up with regard to the context-dependent balance between business planning and venture creation approaches. We illustrate this challenge through providing insight into a case of a project-based and mainly planning-oriented
business incubator program in Africa. Insights gained suggest that there is a need for more balanced approaches to establishing incubators, especially when environments are uncertain and the goals of business incubation are not yet clear. We finish our conceptual article with a set of propositions to inspire further research on incubator development processes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date24 Oct 2014
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2014
EventInternational Research Conference on Technology Business Incubation Mechanisms and Sustainable Regional Development - Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France
Duration: 23 Oct 201423 Oct 2014

Conference

ConferenceInternational Research Conference on Technology Business Incubation Mechanisms and Sustainable Regional Development
LocationToulouse Business School
CountryFrance
CityToulouse
Period23/10/201423/10/2014

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