The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 376–392

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

Authors

  • Lucio Cassia
    • Department of EngineeringUniversity of Bergamo
    • Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE)University of Bergamo
  • Alfredo De Massis
    • Department of EngineeringUniversity of Bergamo
    • Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE)University of Bergamo
  • Michele Meoli
    • Department of EngineeringUniversity of Bergamo
    • CisAlpino Institute for Comparative Studies in Europe (CCSE)University of Augsburg
    • Department of EngineeringUniversity of Bergamo
    • Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE)University of Bergamo
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10961-012-9290-7

Cite this article as:
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Meoli, M. et al. J Technol Transf (2014) 39: 376. doi:10.1007/s10961-012-9290-7

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

EntrepreneurshipResearch centersScience and technology policyKnowledge transferResearch performanceResearch orientation

JEL Classification

O32I23I28L26

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013