Researchers André Spithoven and Mirjam Knockaert, the latter engaged at SFE as Adjunct associate professor, have found that firms that has residence in business centres exhibit greater networking capabilities than non-residents. This is, however, most likely due to a selection mechanism, attracting those firms with greater network capabilities, instead of a production mechanism. The business centre residents does not otherwise outperform the non-residents in a short time perspective.
The article was published in Science and Public Policy, August 2011.
Small and medium sized enterprizes (SMEs) and firms in traditional industries might need assistance in building absorptive capacity to internalise external knowledge. This paper focuses on the role of collective research centres in building absorptive capacity at the inter-organisational level.
Whereas past research finds that VCs view task conflict favorably, the current study finds that entrepreneurs do not, which leads to reduced confidence in partner cooperation.
New research indicate that positional bargaining in the preinvestment phase may be a reliable indicator that there is a greater risk that new venture team members will be dismissed when things get tough in the post-investment period.