This research focuses on the development of an integrated framework for understanding the dynamics of new firm formation and its effects on sustainable economic development. It includes several principal research lines.
New firms formation and the local eco-system
This line of research is dedicated to the analysis of the relationship between the features of local economic systems and the creation of innovative start-ups.
Particular attention is given to the role of the local context in the creation of new companies; the role of universities in promoting and sustaining entrepreneurial activities; the contribution of entrepreneurial activities to sustainable economic development; policy measures to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development.
Innovative start-ups and strategic alliances
The topics explored within this line of research include: the impact of strategic alliances in sustaining and fostering the growth and competitiveness of new innovative firms; the role of strategic alliances in promoting knowledge and technological transfer; investigation of the relationships between strategic alliances, knowledge acquisition and innovation.
Entrepreneurial teams and innovative start-up post-entry performance
This research line aims at analyzing the determinants of innovative start-ups performances by focusing on start-ups human, social and organizational capital. The topics explored within this line of research include: relationship between entrepreneurs’ cognitive characteristics, origin and contextual factors on the development and growth of new firms; analysis of the link between organizational capital and firm performance