Workshop: Frontiers in Entrepreneurship research: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Human Capital

Date: December 17-18, 2010
Place: Católica Lisbon, School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal

One of the major socio-economic trends since the 1990s has been the rise of entrepreneurshipvas a driver of innovation, competitiveness and economic development. One central aspect in the creation and growth of knowledge-based firms is the role played by the human capital of the entrepreneur. Human capital entails the stock of knowledge and skills that reside within individuals and that can be developed over time. This includes general human capital, which comprises formal education, and previous job-market experience. But it also entails specific human capital, encompassing prior experiences that might be more relevant for an individual to decide on engaging in the development of knowledge-based firms. For instance, entrepreneurial experience, top management experience, or previous work experience in the same sector where the new firm is being started are likely to endow individuals with knowledge and skills that are specific for the tasks required from a knowledge-based entrepreneur.

The last two decades have seen the emergence of encompassing data sources linking individuals and firms over time. Such data sets are rare and hard to access. These longitudinal datasets can be used to track the evolution of markets and individual firm performance as well as individuals’ professional and entrepreneurial experiences over time, allowing for the examination of their decisions and behavioral patterns in the labor market. Some of these longitudinal datasets match employees, employers, patents and their characteristics over time.

This workshop aims to present and discuss cutting edge work from leading researchers in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation focusing on the role played by human capital in the entrepreneurial and innovation processes. Most papers will leverage new longitudinal databases, often in connection with other complementary sources of data.

Scientific Coordination:
• Rui Baptista, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST-UTL)
• Steven Klepper, Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
• Pedro Oliveira, Católica Lisbon, School of Business and Economics (FCEE-Católica)• Francisco Veloso, Católica Lisbon, School of Business and Economics (FCEE- Católica) and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) 


Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome and Registration: 12:30 (Room 515 – 1st floor)
Opening Lunch: 13:00-14:30 (Room 515 – 1st floor)
Opening Public Session: 14:30 - 15:45 (Room 512 – 1st floor)
Chair: Francisco Veloso, FCEE-Católica and CMU

Welcome: Fátima Barros, Dean, Católica Lisbon, School of Business and Economics

Keynote speaker:
Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Dealmakers and the making of a High Tech Entrepreneurial Region”

15:45-16:15 Coffee Break (Executive lounge – 3rd floor)

16:15 - 18:30 Research Session 1 (Room 522B – 2nd floor)
Chair: Fernando Branco, FCEE- Católica 

16:15-17:00 “Gender diversity and team performance: Evidence from a field experiment,” Mirjam van Praag, University of Amsterdam
Commentary: Francisco Lima, IST-UTL

17:00-17:45 “Spinoff Location: Agglomeration vs. Organizational
Reproduction: The Molds Cluster in Portugal,” Carla Costa, FCEE-Católica, IST-UTL and CMU
Commentary: Jolanda Hessels, Erasmus University Rotterdam

17:45-18:30 “Stars and misfits: Self-employment and labor market frictions,”
Peter Thompson, Florida International University
Commentary: Marco Vivarelli, Catholic University, Milan and Piacenza

Dinner: 20:00 (venue TBA) 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

9:30 – 11:00 Research Session 2 (Room 522B – 2nd floor)
Chair: Pedro Oliveira, FCEE-Católica

9:30-10:15 “Business partnerships and the commercialization of inventions,”
Thomas Astebro, HEC Paris
Commentary: A. Miguel Amaral, IST-UTL

10:15-11:00 “Job hopping, spinoffs, and the mobility of US merchant semiconductor inventors,” Cristobal Cheyre, FCEE- Católica, IST-UTL and CMU
Commentary: Raquel Ortega-Argilés, IST-UTL

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break (Executive lounge – 3rd floor)

11:30 - 13:00 Research Session 3 (Room 522B – 2nd floor)
Chair: Francisco Lima, IST-UTL

11:30-12:15 “Organizational legacy and entrepreneurial firm performance,” Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Commentary: José Mata, FE-UNL

12:15-13:00 “Entrepreneurship, the initial labor force, and the location of new firms,” Cristina Carias, FCEE- Católica, IST-UTL and CMU
Commentary: Andrei Villaroel, FCEE-Católica

13:00-14:30 Lunch (Room 529 – 2nd floor)

14:30 - 16:45 Research Session 4 (Room 522B – 2nd floor)
Chair: Rui Baptista, IST-UTL

14:30-15:15 “Financing entrepreneurship and the old-boy network incentive,” Simon Parker, University of Western Ontario
Commentary: José Corrêa Guedes, FCEE- Católica

15:15-16:00 “Do entry regulations deter entrepreneurship and job creation?
Evidence from recent reforms in Portugal,” Ana Venâncio, FCEE- Católica, ISTUTL and CMU Commentary: Sander Hoogendoorn, University of Amsterdam

16:00-16:45 “How does personal bankruptcy law affect start-ups?” Geraldo Cerqueiro, FCEE- Católica
Commentary: Andre van Stel, University of Amsterdam

Dinner: 20:00 (venue TBA)