The Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship
and Innovation at Bath (CREI@Bath)

Inspired by the Italian "tu crei" = "you create"

University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Our research

Exploiting our research capacity CREI@Bath conducts premier research on the following main themes:

  • entrepreneurial journeys from idea to venture
  • new venture development, growth and dissolution
  • financing innovative development
  • open and distributed innovation
  • university-industry collaboration
  • university-based innovation
  • technology transfer
  • social networks and innovation
  • new product development

Selected recent publications


  • Breznitz, S.M., P.A. Clayton, D. Defazio, K.R. Isett. 2017. Have you been served? The impact of university entrepreneurial support on start-ups' network formation. The Journal of Technology Transfer 1-25.
  • Criscuolo, P., L. Dahlander, T. Grohsjean, A. Salter. 2017. Evaluating novelty: the role of panels in the selection of R&D projects. Academy of Management Journal 60(2) 1-28.
  • Failla, V., F. Melillo, T. Reichstein. 2017. Entrepreneurship and employment stability - Job matching, labour market value, and personal commitment. Journal of Business Venturing 32(2) 162-177.
  • Feenberg, D., I. Ganguli, P. Gaule, J. Gruber. 2017. It's good to be first: Order bias in reading and citing NBER working papers. Review of Economics and Statistics 99(1) 32-39.
  • Hottenrott, H., C. Lawson. 2017. Fishing for complementarities: Research grants and research productivity. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION 51 1-38.
  • Kolympiris, C., S. Hoenen, N. Kalaitzandonakes. 2017. Geographic distance between venture capitalists and target firms and the value of quality signals. Industrial and Corporate Change Forthcoming.
  • Kolympiris, C., P. Klein. 2017. The Effects of Academic Incubators on University Innovation. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 11(2) 145 -170.
  • Pitelis, C., P. Desyllas, A. Panagopoulos. 2017. Profiting from innovation through cross-border market co-creation and co-operation: the case of global pharmaceuticals. European Management Review Forthcoming.
  • Ter Wal, A.L., P. Criscuolo, A. Salter. 2017. Making a marriage of materials: The role of gatekeepers and shepherds in the absorption of external knowledge and innovation performance. Research Policy 46(5) 1039-1054.
  • Zahringer, K., C. Kolympiris, N. Kalaitzandonakes. 2017. Academic knowledge quality differentials and the quality of firm innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change Forthcoming.


  • Alexy, O., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E., Salter, A.J. 2016. Toward an aspiration-level theory of open innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change.. 25(2) 289-306
  • Miozzo, M., Desyllas, P., Lee, H.-f., Miles, I. 2016. Innovation collaboration and appropriability by knowledge-intensive business services firms. Research Policy. 45(7) 1337-1351
  • Miozzo, M., DiVito, L., Desyllas, P. 2016. When do Acquirers Invest in the R&D Assets of Acquired Science-based Firms in Cross-border Acquisitions? The Role of Technology and Capabilities Similarity and Complementarity. Long Range Planning. 49(2) 221-240
  • Zhang, C., Tan, J., Tan, D. 2016. Fit by adaptation or fit by founding? A comparative study of existing and new entrepreneurial cohorts in China. Strategic Management Journal. 37(5) 911-931


  • Banal-Estañol, A., M. Jofre-Bonet, C. Lawson. 2015. The double-edged sword of industry collaboration: Evidence from engineering academics in the UK. Research Policy 44(6) 1160-1175
  • Bruneel, J., D’Este, P., Salter, A. 2015. The impact of financial slack on explorative and exploitative knowledge sourcing from universities: evidence from the UK. Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Cefis, E., Marsili, O. 2015. Crossing the innovation threshold through mergers and acquisitions. Research Policy. 44(3) 698-710
  • De Jong, J.P., Marsili, O. 2015. Founding a business inspired by close entrepreneurial ties: Does it matter for survival? Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 39(5) 1005-1025
  • Fernández-Zubieta, A., A. Geuna, C. Lawson. 2015. Productivity pay-offs from academic mobility: should I stay or should I go? Industrial and Corporate Change 25(1) 91-114
  • Geuna, A., R. Kataishi, M. Toselli, E. Guzmán, C. Lawson, A. Fernandez-Zubieta, B. Barros. 2015. SiSOB data extraction and codification: A tool to analyze scientific careers. Research Policy 44(9) 1645-1658
  • Kolympiris, C., Kalaitzandonakes, N., Miller, D. 2015. Location choice of academic entrepreneurs: Evidence from the US biotechnology industry. Journal of Business Venturing. 30(2) 227-254
  • Salter, A., Wal, A.L., Criscuolo, P., Alexy, O. 2015. Open for Ideation: Individual‐Level Openness and Idea Generation in R&D. Journal of Product Innovation Management. 32(4) 488-504


  • Hoenen, S., Kolympiris, C., Schoenmakers, W., Kalaitzandonakes, N. 2014. The diminishing signaling value of patents between early rounds of venture capital financing. Research Policy. 43(6) 956-989
  • Kolympiris, C., Kalaitzandonakes, N., Miller, D. 2014. Public funds and local biotechnology firm creation. Research Policy. 43(1) 121-137
  • Tartari, V., Perkmann, M., Salter, A. 2014. In good company: The influence of peers on industry engagement by academic scientists. Research Policy. 43(7) 1189-1203


  • Alexy, O., George, G., Salter, A.J. 2013. Cui bono? The selective revealing of knowledge and its implications for innovative activity. Academy of Management Review. 38(2) 270-291
  • Clercq, D.D., Thongpapanl, N.T., Dimov, D. 2013. Getting More from Cross‐Functional Fairness and Product Innovativeness: Contingency Effects of Internal Resource and Conflict Management. Journal of Product Innovation Management. 30(1) 56-69
  • Criscuolo, P., Salter, A., Ter Wal, A.L. 2013. Going underground: Bootlegging and individual innovative performance. Organization Science. 25(5) 1287-1305
  • De Clercq, D., Dimov, D., Thongpapanl, N.T. 2013. Organizational social capital, formalization, and internal knowledge sharing in entrepreneurial orientation formation. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 37(3) 505-537
  • Desyllas, P., Sako, M. 2013. Profiting from business model innovation: Evidence from Pay-As-You-Drive auto insurance. Research Policy. 42(1) 101-116
  • Gaule, P., M. Piacentini. 2013. Chinese graduate students and US scientific productivity. Review of Economics and Statistics 95(2) 698-701
  • McMullen, J.S., Dimov, D. 2013. Time and the entrepreneurial journey: The problems and promise of studying entrepreneurship as a process. Journal of Management Studies. 50(8) 1481-1512