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This paper aims at improving the understanding of the attributes of academic researchers that influence the capacity to identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities. The authors investigate a number of factors highlighted in the paper as influencing the entrepreneurial activities undertaken by academics. The results show that identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities are shaped by different factors. While identification of commercial opportunities is driven by prior entrepreneurial experience and the excellence of the academic work, exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities is driven by the extent of previous collaboration with industry partners, cognitive integration and prior entrepreneurial experience.
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