The strategic responses of start-ups to regulatory constraints in the nascent drone market

Kristina Vaarst Andersen*, Marianne Harbo Frederiksen, Mette Præst Knudsen, Anders Dahl Krabbe

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Some start-ups treat regulatoryconstraints as exogenous and beyond their control, while other start-ups treatregulatory constraints as endogenous and possible to influence. However, thusfar, no explanation has been offered for why start-ups differ in their responsesto regulatory constraints. Based on 49interviews with start-ups and other industry actors this paper examines start-ups’responses to regulatory constraints in the market for drone applications. Wefind that variation in start-ups’ responses is instigated by start-ups’ temporalorientation. Start-ups pursuing applications targeted at present markets orfuture potential markets treat regulation as exogenous. In contrast, start-ups thatpursue market applications bridging current and future potential markets aremore likely to treat regulation as endogenous.
Translated title of the contributionStart-ups strategiske respons på regulatoriske begrænsninger i det fremvoksnende dronemarked
Original languageEnglish
Article number104055
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number10
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • M13 new firms
  • Sectorial Planning Methods
  • Start-ups, l22 firm organization and market structure, l52 industrial policy


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