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Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 2213-8099
ISSN (Online): 2213-8102

Research Article

Hold-up in Ventures for Technology Transfer

Author(s): Klaus Spremann

Volume 4, Issue 1, 2017

Page: [47 - 53] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/2213809904666161221102119

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Entrepreneurs and Investors found ventures for transferring technology and bringing it closer to the market. Focussing on a situation in which the investor exercises hold-up at the disadvantage of the entrepreneur, this paper works on three points: We identify (1) conditions which make hold-up possible, and discuss (2) measures which help entrepreneurs to protect themselves against hold-up. (3) The balance of powers in a venture is related to returns to scale. Overall, the paper contributes to the theory of small-seized firms which are exposed to high uncertainties including behavioural opportunism.

Keywords: Agency theory, hold-up, incomplete contracts, innovation, entrepreneur, knowledge, investor, technology risk, twosided markets, venture risk.

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