We test a theoretical framework, based on four principles, that has been devel-oped through a previous systematic literature review. The ‘laboratories’ that have been chosen in order to test the theoretical framework are the business incubators at the European Space Agency (ESA). The methodology is a multi-ple case study research of ESA’s business incubators. The reason why we have chosen them is that the same ESA’s successful business incubation programme is applied in different business incubators across different nations. That pro-vides a unique empirical setting in which to test the internal and construction validity of our principles, neutralizing the influence of the hosting country. The final result is not a ‘statistical generalization’ regarding a population of business incubators, but an empirically, multiple case study based, ‘analytical generaliza-tion’ of the proposed theoretical framework. Such theoretical framework ap-pears effective in explaining the success of ESA’s business incubation pro-gramme. The collected evidences also have practical implications as we expect the framework can be applied by policy makers approaching the business incu-bation tool and extended to non-profit, publicly funded business incubators – the overwhelming majority of operating business incubators – that might take advantage from aligning their development strategy to our proposed frame-work.

Business Incubation: The Case of the European Space Agency

TAVOLETTI, ERNESTO;
2012-01-01

Abstract

We test a theoretical framework, based on four principles, that has been devel-oped through a previous systematic literature review. The ‘laboratories’ that have been chosen in order to test the theoretical framework are the business incubators at the European Space Agency (ESA). The methodology is a multi-ple case study research of ESA’s business incubators. The reason why we have chosen them is that the same ESA’s successful business incubation programme is applied in different business incubators across different nations. That pro-vides a unique empirical setting in which to test the internal and construction validity of our principles, neutralizing the influence of the hosting country. The final result is not a ‘statistical generalization’ regarding a population of business incubators, but an empirically, multiple case study based, ‘analytical generaliza-tion’ of the proposed theoretical framework. Such theoretical framework ap-pears effective in explaining the success of ESA’s business incubation pro-gramme. The collected evidences also have practical implications as we expect the framework can be applied by policy makers approaching the business incu-bation tool and extended to non-profit, publicly funded business incubators – the overwhelming majority of operating business incubators – that might take advantage from aligning their development strategy to our proposed frame-work.
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