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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets

Developing world-leading research is our objective. We are especially driven to conduct relevant research which can impact our teaching of Masters and PhD students as well as impact society more broadly through discussions with public policy organizations, entrepreneurs and large global firms.

Since 2009, IIE has right to grant degrees in our subject area ‘Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets’. IIE educates undergraduate, Masters and PhD students and conducts research. Although the three dimensions are intrinsically linked, the following text specifies each word in turn, and focuses upon our current research.


Innovation as studied here is primarily about innovation management in firms. This topic covers many issues about how firms in many different sectors can improve their competitiveness through a range of different innovations in products, services, processes and business models.

Our IIE group has worked extensively on firms in industries dependent upon advanced knowledge like biotechnology – medical technology – life science, nanotechnology and engineering. More recently, we are conduct studies on innovation in traditional sectors like the food industry and textiles, in order to understand how knowledge and innovation impacts their renewal. Moreover, with advent of ideas like innovation systems and open innovation, studying innovation management in firms has shifted from understanding internal processes of R&D management to understanding collaborative and network relationships with different partners, such as universities, firms, and users. Finally, the world is increasingly a global one, and therefore we have some work on how and why firms grapple with the globally and organizationally distributed nature of knowledge, in order to innovate and create value.

Illustrative publications (IIE scholars bold)

McKelvey, M. and Ljungberg, D. (2016). "How public policy can stimulate the capabilites of firms to innovate in a traditional industry through academic engagement: The case of the Swedish food industry." R&D Management. DOI: 10.1111/radm.12224

McKelvey, M. and Bagchi-Sen, S. (2015). "Innovation Spaces in Asia". Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishers. Note that this book includes chapters written by several IIE members, including Bachi-Sen (visiting professor) Bourelos, Gifford, Holgersson, McKelvey and Zaring.

Perkmann, M.; Tartari, V.; McKelvey, M.; Autio, E.; Broström, A.; D’Este P.; Fini, R.; Geuna, A.; Grimaldi, R.; Hughes, A.; Kitson, M.; Krabel, S.; Llerena. P.; Lissoni, F.; Salter, A.; Sobrero, M. (2013). "Academic Engagement and Commercialization: A review of the literature on university-industry relations". Research Policy. 42 (2), March, pp. 423-442. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.09.007


Entrepreneurship as studied here is primarily about how and why entrepreneurial companies use and develop relevant knowledge and innovations to start companies. These companies are created by individuals in networks and through interactions with actors like governments and suppliers, in order to access resources and develop opportunities.

Our IIE group has worked in similar industries as for innovation, as the regeneration of industries often relies upon a dual process of entrepreneurship through new companies and innovation in existing firms. Academic entrepreneurship – in the meaning of the role and impact of universities on commercialization – has been a vibrant area of research here. Related to the role of universities is how universities may compete in the modern global economy, not only for students but also for access to resources and links to companies. Another vibrant area is knowledge intensive entrepreneurship, with work to develop a particular model and definition of how it can occur not only in high tech sectors but also in low tech sectors and in service industries.

Illustrative publications (IIE scholars bold)

Malerba, M.; Caloghirou, C.; McKelvey, M.; and Radosevic, S. (2015). "Dynamics of Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship: Business Strategy and Public Policy". Routledge Press.

McKelvey, M. and Lassen Heidemann, A. (2013). "How Entrepreneurs Do What They Do: Case Studies in Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship". Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishers. Note that this book includes chapters written by several IIE members, including Brink, Bourelos, Ljungberg, McKelvey and Zaring.

Bourelos, E.; McKelvey, M. and Magnusson, M. (2012). "Investigating the complexity facing academic entrepreneurs in science and engineering: The complementarities of research performance, networks and support structures in commercialisation". Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36 (3), pp. 751-780.

Management of Intellectual Assets

Management of Intellectual Capital as studied here focuses upon intellectual assets in relation to the strategies of the firm for innovation. These assets may be individually owned like patents, academic patents, and intellectual property rights. Or these assets may be collectively owned, like regional capabilities developed in a technology through a looser system of innovation governance.

Our IIE group has worked with different types of methodology in this field. One methodology is quantitative and relies upon existing databases and new databases. We have also worked for almost a decade in building up unique databases of patents where Swedish university scientists are inventors. This allows us to assess the role on academic entrepreneurship (see above) as well as the role of intellectual property rights (IPR) in the strategies of firms in developing technology and innovation. Another methodology is conceptual and often case study based or mixed methods. This work is done on innovation governance.

Illustrative publications (IIE scholars bold)

McKelvey, M.; Zaring. O. and Ljungberg, D. (2015). "Creating innovative opportunities through research collaboration: A conceptual framework and illustration in engineering". Technovation. Vo. 39-40, pp. 26-36. doi:10.1016/j.technovation.2014.05.008

Bourelos, E. (2013). "Knowledge Creation and Technology Transfer. An Analysis of Swedish Academics". Gothenburg Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, No. 1. PhD dissertation. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sveriges entreprenöriella ekosystem

Maureen McKelvey och Olof Zaring är redaktörer för boken "Sveriges entreprenöriella ekosystem – Företag, akademi, politik". Ett entreprenöriellt ekosystem består av individer och organisationer på olika nivåer. Företagen, akademin och politiken har alla viktiga roller i ett sådant ekosystem. I boken hörs 32 ledande röster från näringslivet, akademin och policysfären.

Här hittar du mer information samt kan ladda ner boken och enstaka kapitel.

Professur i industriell ekonomi

Handelshögskolan har satsat på en långsiktig professur inom ämnet industriell ekonomi. Innehavaren av denna position är professor Maureen McKelvey.

Professuren innehåller flera olika uppdrag, men de viktigaste är att:

  • se till forskningen utvecklas och stärks
  • se till att forskningen blir synlig internationellt
  • utveckla en livskraftig forskarmiljö
  • starta ett mastersprogram inom "Innovation and Industrial Management" anpassat till the Bologna process 

Här hittar du mer information.

Sidansvarig: Kajsa Folmeus Strandberg|Sidan uppdaterades: 2017-10-23

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