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Entrepreneurship research centers around the world: research orientation, knowledge transfer and performance

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  • Lucio Cassia
  • Alfredo Massis
  • Michele Meoli
  • Tommaso Minola

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    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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal The Journal of Technology Transfer.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 376-392

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:39:y:2014:i:3:p:376-392

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    Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Research centers; Science and technology policy; Knowledge transfer; Research performance; Research orientation; O32; I23; I28; L26;

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