The network mediation of an incubator: How does it enable or constrain the development of incubator firms' business networks?

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Incubators are organisations or structures that usually offer five types of services in order to accelerate start-up development: access to physical resources, administrative services, access to financial resources, assistance with start-up procedures and access to networks. The aim of the present paper is to investigate the mediating role of the incubator. More specifically, it examines how the incubator's mediation is related to incubator firms' development of broader business networks. The primary data comprised 34 face-to-face interviews with 19 respondents from an incubator and its incubator firms and with other actors with which the incubator had a relationship. The paper offers three conclusions concerning how the network horizon influences the incubator's capacity to mediate relationships, the necessity for incubator firms to be proactive in order to utilise the mediation activities of the incubator and the influence of public-funding agencies in the development of incubator firms, which is based on their role as third actors in connected business relationships.


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  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Business Administration
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management
Early online date2017 Dec 7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2017 Dec 7
Publication categoryResearch