Entrepreneurship Research Centers Around the World: Research Orientation, Knowledge Transfer and Performance

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Lucio Cassia

University of Bergamo - SIGE Sezione di Ingegneria Gestionale

Alfredo De Massis

Lancaster University - Management School

Michele Meoli

University of Bergamo

Tommaso Minola

University of Bergamo

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This work investigates entrepreneurship research centers, and analyzes their research performance. Studies on the determinants of performance of research centers have mainly focused on science and technology, while entrepreneurship has been so far neglected. Through an analysis of 46 centers worldwide, we focus on entrepreneurship research and the role of centers, by discussing how knowledge transfer mechanisms and research orientation affect research performance. Our findings contribute to shed light on the divergence of methodologies and approaches characterizing entrepreneurship research; they also corroborate the view that centers enable a "compound Matthew-effect", according to which knowledge transfer to external stakeholders, after controlling for research orientation of the center, does foster and enrich research performance.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Research centers; Science and technology policy; Knowledge transfer; Research performance; Research orientation

JEL Classification: O32; I23; I28; L26

Suggested Citation

Cassia, Lucio and De Massis, Alfredo and Meoli, Michele and Minola, Tommaso, Entrepreneurship Research Centers Around the World: Research Orientation, Knowledge Transfer and Performance (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2391660 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2391660

Lucio Cassia

University of Bergamo - SIGE Sezione di Ingegneria Gestionale ( email )

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Italy

Alfredo De Massis

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

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Lancaster, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Michele Meoli

University of Bergamo ( email )

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24044 Dalmine, Bergamo
Italy
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Tommaso Minola (Contact Author)

University of Bergamo ( email )

Via Salvecchio, 19
Bergamo, 24129
Italy

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