Comparative Advantages of Spin-off Firms: An Evolutionary Perspective


  • Bilgehan Uzunca IESE Business School



Spinoffs, evolutionary view, transfer of routines, organizational learning, social capital


As predicted by evolutionary economics, historical antecedents matter when it comes to the relationship between survival of entrants and organizational capabilities. Spinoff firms provide an exemplary case of such relationship where the founders’ pre-entry capabilities that are inherited from the parent firm increases their survival chances. Looking closer and deeper to the evolutionary spinoff success mechanisms, I examine three specific genetic features which make spinoff firms more advantageous compared to other entrants; namely 1) Genotype: Transfer of blueprint, 2) Phenotype: Organizational learning, and 3) Memes: Informal relations and social capital. A detailed theoretical analysis of each mechanism prevails how they function and provide sustainable competitive advantage to spinoff firms. Testable hypotheses are provided about each mechanism.


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Author Biography

Bilgehan Uzunca, IESE Business School

Bilgehan Uzunca is a PhD candidate in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School. He earned a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from Middle East Technical University (METU). His research interests have centered on the strategic management field with a particular focus on the connections between new venture formation, spinoffs, buyer-supplier relationships, interorganizational relationships, and industry evolution.


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How to Cite

Uzunca, B. (2011). Comparative Advantages of Spin-off Firms: An Evolutionary Perspective. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 6(4), 80–92.



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