Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand


Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand is professor in Innovation Studies at CIRCLE, Lund University. Åsa joined CIRCLE as full professor in July 2011. At CIRCLE she is the research director for the platform “entrepreneurship and innovation”. She has an MSc in mechanical engineering from Chalmers (1986) and a PhD (1994) from the Department of Industrial Management and Economics, Chalmers. After that she spent two years abroad as a post doc, both in the USA and the UK. In 1999 she was appointed “docent” in Technology Management, Chalmers. Between 2000 and 2003 she was Head of the Department of Industrial Dynamics.

She was a member of the management team (2004-2010) and Director (2008-2010) of RIDE, “R&D, Innovation and Dynamics of Economies”, a Centre of Excellence at IMIT/Chalmers. She was also a member and the coordinator of the ”Centre for Research on Technology-Based Entrepreneurship” (CREATE) at IMIT.

In January 2005, she was appointed Professor in Business Administration, specializing in Entrepreneurship, at Halmstad University. She was appointed Visiting Professor at Chalmers from 2007 to 2010. In 2011 she was also appointed visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London.

The overriding theme in her research is technology-based entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics, which essentially means the study of the renewal processes involving the creation and diffusion of technical and organisational innovations. These renewal processes can be studied at various units of analysis; the technical or organisational innovation itself, the firm, the industry, the region and the nation and can, furthermore, be connected to functional strategies in firms, to business strategies and to policy at the regional and national levels. Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand´s specific research interest includes studying new and small technology-based firms and the role of entrepreneurs in the development of companies and economies. She is especially pursuing the research of acquisitions and spin-offs as various entrepreneurial forms of promoting innovativeness and growth. This includes analyzing technology-based spin-offs from different incubator systems, including both universities and private firms, and the role these firms may have (e.g. for transferring technology) in subsequent acquisitions.


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