The internationalization of science and its influence on academic entrepreneurship

Stefan Krabel, Donald S. Siegel, Viktor Slavtchev

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We examine whether scientists employed in foreign countries and foreign-educated native researchers are more "entrepreneurial" than their "domestic" counterparts. We conjecture that foreign-born and foreign-educated scientists possess broader scientific skills and social capital, which increases their likelihood that they will start their own companies. To test this hypothesis we analyze comprehensive data from researchers at the Max Planck Society in Germany. Our findings provide strong support for the conjecture that academic entrepreneurship can be stimulated by facilitating the mobility of scientists across countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-212
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Technology Transfer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic entrepreneurship
  • Academic spin-offs
  • Career mobility
  • Scientific mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • General Engineering


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