RESEARCH NOTES AND COMMENTARIES
Parent hostility and spin-out performance
Article first published online: 4 DEC 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Volume 35, Issue 13, pages 2031–2042, December 2014
How to Cite
Walter, S. G., Heinrichs, S. and Walter, A. (2014), Parent hostility and spin-out performance. Strat. Mgmt. J., 35: 2031–2042. doi: 10.1002/smj.2201
- Issue published online: 24 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 4 DEC 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 18 OCT 2013 10:20AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 24 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 5 SEP 2012
- parent hostility;
Prior research has focused on the performance implications of positive or neutral parent-child relationships, but neglected negative, conflict-laden relationships. This study explores from an embeddedness perspective whether parent hostility (degree to which an incumbent firm disapproves of the spawning of a spin-out from within its ranks) affects spin-out performance and how spin-outs can effectively react to it. Analyses of 144 technology spin-outs support our arguments that spin-outs suffer negative consequences from hostility. These are less severe, however, if the spin-out pursues effective network development. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.