The paper aims to contribute to the understanding of the nature of technology transfer processes, by investigating the case of academic spin-offs. Although this mechanism of technology transfer is among the most studied in the literature, we think that some of its peculiarities deserve a "plus" of attention. In particular, we investigate the evolutionary trajectories of spin-off and produce evidence coming from multiple sources. First, we conducted an exploratory survey which informed us of the main features of the University of Padova spin-offs, second, we conducted some in depth interviews and applied a content analysis, third, we mapped the critical junctures of four spin-off studied in detail through the case study methodology.
Keywords: Spin-off, Entrepreneurship, University, Critical Junctures, Life Cycle
Jel Code: L26, O3