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Public Support of Innovation in Entrepreneurial Firms

Albert N. Link,Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, US
Public support for innovation, chiefly through government programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has had a significant impact on fostering economic growth in the US. This collection synthesizes a decade of scholarship from Albert N. Link on the subject, specifically on small, technology-based entrepreneurial firms.
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Publication Date: 2014
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
Public support for innovation, chiefly through government programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has had a significant impact on fostering economic growth in the US. This collection synthesizes a decade of scholarship from Albert N. Link on the subject, specifically on small, technology-based entrepreneurial firms.

Based on data collected by the National Research Council of the National Academies of the United States on projects funded through the SBIR program, these papers form a comprehensive foundation that will serve as a critical guide to the topic for both academics and policymakers. Divided into four main subjects – commercialization of new technology, employment growth, spillover benefits and policy – the essays tackle a number of critical issues in the field and offer insightful suggestions for future research and policy approaches.

Students and scholars of business and management, public policy, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation studies will find this a useful and comprehensive resource, as will policymakers, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
‘This is a fine collection of papers focusing on the role of public support in facilitating innovation. A key theme is the concentration on innovation by small firms, which is both timely and crucial. The collection should be of value to scholars, policymakers and students.’
– Rajeev K. Goel, Illinois State University, US
Introduction Albert N. Link


PART I COMMERCIALISING NEW TECHNOLOGY

1. Albert N. Link and Christopher J. Ruhm (2009), ‘Bringing Science to Market: Commercializing from NIH SBIR Awards’
2. Albert N. Link and John T. Scott (2010), ‘Government as Entrepreneur: Evaluating the Commercialization Success of SBIR Projects’

PART II EMPLOYMENT GROWTH FROM PUBLIC SUPPORT OF INNOVATION

3. Albert N. Link and John T. Scott (2012), ‘Employment Growth from Public Support of Innovation in Small Firms’
4. Albert N. Link and John T. Scott (2012), ‘Employment Growth from the Small Business Innovation Research Program’

PART III SPILLOVER BENEFITS FROM PUBLIC SUPPORT OF INNOVATION

5. David B. Audretsch, Albert N. Link and John T. Scott (2002), ‘Public/Private Technology Partnerships: Evaluating SBIR-Supported Research’
6. Stuart D. Allen, Stephen K. Layson and Albert N. Link (2012), ‘Public Gains from Entrepreneurial Research: Inferences about the Economic Value of Public Support of the Small Business Innovation Research Program’
7. Albert N. Link and Christopher J. Ruhm (2011), ‘Public Knowledge, Private Knowledge: The Intellectual Capital of Entrepreneurs’
8. Albert N. Link and John T. Scott (2012), ‘The Exploitation of Publicly Funded Technology’
9. David B. Audretsch, Dennis P. Leyden and Albert N. Link (2013), ‘Regional Appropriation of University-Based Knowledge and Technology for Economic Development’

PART IV POLICIES TOWARD PUBLIC SUPPORT OF INNOVATION

10. Dora Gicheva and Albert N. Link (2013), ‘Leveraging Entrepreneurship through Private Investments: Does Gender Matter?’
11. Albert N. Link and John T. Scott (2009), ‘Private Investor Participation and Commercialization Rates for Government-sponsored Research and Development: Would a Prediction Market Improve the Performance of the SBIR Programme?’
12. David B. Audretsch, Dennis P. Leyden and Albert N. Link (2012), ‘Universities as Research Partners in Publicly Supported Entrepreneurial Firms’