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Knowledge Entrepreneurship and ENterprise Research - (KEEN)

KEEN is a platform within the CIEL research milieu that organizes and supports research on entrepreneurship and innovation within economics and management studies. The name of the platform reflects the general perspective that the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship and new enterprising efforts in society is largely dependent on: 1) available business opportunities based on new knowledge, and 2) the organization and functionality of the broader innovation ecosystem where these knowledge-based business opportunities are created and exploited. Based on this overall perspective the research conducted within KEEN focus on entrepreneurial efforts aimed at business creation in new and established firms, which include studies such as the identification and exploitation of new business opportunities, the organization of R&D and new technology, new product and market offerings, entrepreneurial processes of change and learning, and the management and economics of innovation.
Reflecting the multidisciplinary character of research on entrepreneurship and innovation at Halmstad University, members of KEEN come from various sub-disciplines such as organization and leadership studies, accounting, finance, marketing, strategic management and economics. The research is to a large extent funded through external grants and the group has a particularly strong track record of conducting projects and publishing in the following areas:

  • Corporate innovation
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Entrepreneurial learning
  • Entrepreneurship and gender
  • Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship policy
  • Corporate growth and fast growing firms
  • Incubators and business support systems
  • Internationalization of R&D and new technology
  • Accounting and corporate governance in entrepreneurial contexts
  • Academic entrepreneurship and the commercialization of public R&D
The research group includes members from junior to senior academic ranks and consists of fourteen active researchers. Building on theories and models in entrepreneurship and innovation research, the members are disseminating expertise and research results through their teaching as well as through other third task activities such as giving policy advice, popular writing and consulting.

Pia Ulvenblad

Updated 2014-12-19