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Corporate incubators as knowledge brokers between business units and ventures: A systematic review and avenues for future research

Michael Kötting (Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 19 July 2019

Issue publication date: 15 April 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Through digitization and globalization, corporate incubators have gained new relevance as tool to foster innovation within established companies. Although many studies address business incubators in general, the specifics of corporate incubators are often neglected in the literature. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

The author systematically reviewed academic articles regarding corporate incubation, published in peer-reviewed journals. In the course of a subsequent analysis, open questions for further research were identified and addressed.

Findings

Corporate incubators differ significantly from business incubators. Based on an analysis of 45 academic papers, the main features of corporate incubators have been identified and addressed.

Originality/value

The present work suggests that it is one of the first that systematically analyze the literature on corporate incubation. Based on the literature review, a holistic framework was constructed that highlights the different elements of corporate incubation and also considers the incubator as knowledge broker between business units and ventures.

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Citation

Kötting, M. (2020), "Corporate incubators as knowledge brokers between business units and ventures: A systematic review and avenues for future research", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 474-499. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-12-2017-0201

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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