Why are small public incubators 'lagging behind'? Learning from disability in the selection practices of a French incubator
by Inès Gabarret; Annabelle Jaouen; Walid A. Nakara; Benjamin Vedel
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 23, No. 4, 2014

Abstract: This research examines the selection practices used by a small public incubator (SPI) and its strategic implications. SPIs generally depend on small cities and often face difficulties due to a lack of resources and inadequate competitiveness in comparison with well-equipped and more reputed incubators. The selection of projects is the keystone in the development of these small structures. We develop a qualitative approach based on a single case study. Representatives from all the incubated projects were interviewed, as well as all the managers and we performed a thematic analysis of the discourses. The in-depth study of the selection practices and the project portfolio reveals a paradox regarding the incubator's strategic positioning objectives and the availability of resources. We conclude by discussing the strategic positioning of SPIs regarding in-house resources and the selection practices.

Online publication date: Sat, 15-Nov-2014

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