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

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Journal publication date06/2014
JournalThe Journal of Technology Transfer
Journal number3
Volume39
Number of pages17
Pages376-392
Early online date16/02/13
Original languageEnglish

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.