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Gender, management education and the willingness for academic entrepreneurship

The paper “Gender, management education and the willingness for academic entrepreneurship” [see a draft] by Bernd Ebersberger and Christine Pirhofer (both MCI) is accepted for publication with the Applied Economics Letters.

The paper explores the determinants of academic entrepreneurship. In particular it investigates the effects of gender and supplementary management education on academics’ willingness to start up a company. The analysis is based on a survey of academics. Controlling for academic achievement, field of science and perceived hampering factors we find that female academics show a significantly lower propensity to have a high willingness to start up. Our results indicate that supplementary management education does not in general have a significant effect on the willingness to start up. Yet, for female academics supplementary management education exerts a significantly positive effect almost offsetting the gender effect.

Open Innovation for SMEs

In collaboration with the Center for Academic Spin-Offs Tyrol (CAST) and the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) we are organizing a two day workshop about Open Innovation. The overall aim of the workshop is to increase the use  of open innovation practices by SMEs. The content of the workshop ranges from customer integration, lead user methodology, using social media and communities, management of IPR and external technology utilization.