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Stijn Kelchtermans

Stijn Kelchtermans
KU Leuven | ku leuven ·  Faculty of Economics and Business

PhD

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor at department of Management, Strategy & Innovation of the KU Leuven. My research interests include the economics of science and innovation, mainly focusing on industry-science links. My research has been published in various journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Global Strategy Journal, The Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Technology Transfer, etc.
Additional affiliations
October 2010 - present
KU Leuven
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2007 - present
KU Leuven
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Innovation & Technology Management, Open Innovation
September 2002 - September 2010
KU Leuven
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
September 2002 - September 2007
KU Leuven
Field of study
  • Business Economics
September 2001 - September 2002
Royal Holloway, University of London
Field of study
  • Information Security
September 1994 - July 1999
KU Leuven
Field of study
  • Business Engineering

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Publications (37)
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The relation between religiosity and well-being is one of the most researched topics in the psychology of religion, yet the directionality and robustness of the effect remains debated. Here, we adopted a many-analysts approach to assess the robustness of this relation based on a new cross-cultural dataset (N = 10, 535 participants from 24 countries...
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Employing a panel (1995–2015) of large R&D spending pharmaceutical firms, we investigate how internal basic research increases a firm’s innovative performance. We disentangle two mechanisms through which internal basic research affects technology development: (1) as strengthening of the firm’s absorptive capacity to build on externally conducted sc...
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While their expertise and scientific excellence make academic star scientists attractive collaboration partners for firms, this study indicates that firms face difficulties in capturing value from collaborations with academic stars. Stars are time constrained, may be less committed to commercialization, and can be a source of undesired knowledge sp...
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This paper starts by observing that many licensing contracts contain explicit organizational arrangements for transferring the licensed technology, involving repeated and close interaction between the licensing partners. We argue that these interactions provide opportunities for the licensor to learn from the licensee. Using data on 1861 licensing...
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Given that venturing into unknown territory carries substantial risk, scientists do not take the decision to enter a new field lightly. This paper analyzes a broad set of factors associated with the risks and rewards from entry into new-to-the-researcher scientific fields, including individual capacities and preferences as well as incentives stemmi...
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In this crowdsourced initiative, independent analysts used the same dataset to test two hypotheses regarding the effects of scientists' gender and professional status on verbosity during group meetings. Not only the analytic approach but also the operationalizations of key variables were left unconstrained and up to individual analysts. For instanc...
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MNCs often engage in international research collaborations with foreign universities through one of their central R&D laboratories (at headquarters or elsewhere) even though they operate a local R&D unit close to that university, and hence forego the benefits of geographic proximity and local collaboration. Drawing on the knowledge-based theory of...
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In this crowdsourced initiative, independent analysts used the same dataset to test two hypotheses regarding the effects of scientists’ gender and professional status on verbosity during group meetings. Not only the analytic approach but also the operationalizations of key variables were left unconstrained and up to individual analysts. For instanc...
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Given that prestige sits at the core of the scientific reward system and that venturing into unknown territory carries substantial risk, scientists don't take the decision to enter a new field lightly. This paper analyses the individual and contextual factors associated with entry into new-to-the-researcher fields of research. Using a panel of rese...
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Survey evidence suggests that firms are insufficiently aware of newly introduced R&D support measures due to the complexity of the public support landscape. As a result, adoption is slow and incomplete, implying that eligible firms leave money on the table. We hypothesize that a key coping mechanism involves firms relying on their peers' behaviour...
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This paper demonstrates the potential of computer-aided text analysis (CATA) as a technique to operationalize hard-to-measure constructs in international business research, provided that a rigorous set of validity tests is applied. CATA allows performing content analyses on large textual databases by constructing indicators using deductively and in...
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This paper starts from the observation that the majority of firms in Belgium that were eligible for a newly introduced R&D tax credit system does not use it, or is slow to adopt, despite significant potential cost savings. We hypothesize that the R&D support landscape is complex for firms to navigate and that they may cope by relying on their peers...
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This analysis contributes to the understanding of the role of basic science in generating breakthrough inventions in the pharmaceutical industry. Recognizing the within-firm heterogeneity of inventive activities, we look not only at the firm level, but also at the firm-technology level for characteristics determining breakthroughs. A key finding is...
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We analyze behavioral additionality effects related to wage-based R&D tax credits and their dependence on the joint use of R&D subsidies. Using a matching approach combined with multivariate probit analyses on survey data of Belgian firms in 2006-2010, we find that tax credits cause firms not to 'do more of the same' (scale) nor 'do the same thing...
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Using panel data on the patent and publication activities of the 50 largest pharmaceutical firms in the world by R&D expenditures, this paper examines the mechanisms firms use to convert basic scientific research into innovative performance. Our data show that pharmaceutical firms on average trimmed down their own basic research efforts during the...
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The paper contributes to the debate on top performance in research productivity, its persistence over time, and the impact of gender. It uses a panel dataset comprising the publications of all biomedical and exact scientists at the University of Leuven in the period 1992–2001. We find women to have a significant lower probability to reach top perfo...
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Using a panel of individual researchers at the KU Leuven, Belgium, we analyze the impact of a range of productivity drivers on research performance at the separate quantiles of the productivity distribution. We estimate a correlated random-effects quantile regression model, accounting for unobserved heterogeneity of researchers and applicable to co...
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Public systems of higher education have recently attempted to cut costs by providing financial incentives to cut duplicated programs, i.e. programs that are offered at different institutions. We study the profit and welfare effects of reducing program duplication, against the background of a funding system reform in Flanders (Belgium). We find that...
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We analyze the decision whether to participate and where and what to study in a public system of higher education, based on a unique dataset of all eligible high school pupils in an essentially closed region (Flanders). We find that pupils perceive the available institutions and programs as close substitutes relative to the outside option. This imp...
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We evaluate the impact of basic research on pharmaceutical firms’ technological performance, distinguishing between internal basic research and the exploitation of external basic research findings. We find that firms increase their performance by engaging more in internal basic research, in particular if basic research is conducted in collaboration...
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It has become well documented that the performance gap between European and US universities is at least partly due to lower spending on higher education in Europe. Rather than raising the public budget or promoting private contributions, many governments have attempted to make public spending more efficient in various ways. This article reports the...
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Public systems of higher education have recently attempted to cut costs by providing financial incentives to institutions who reduce the diversity of their programs. We study the profit and welfare effects of reducing product diversity in higher education, against the background of a funding system reform in Flanders (Belgium). We find that droppin...
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This thesis consists of four empirical studies that analyze the higher education sector from its two main dimensions: education and research. The first two essays model the demand for higher education and simulate the effects of tuition fee increases and reductions in supply diversity on demand on general welfare. The final two essays analyze the p...
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We analyze the determinants of participation (whether to study) and schooling (where and what to study) in a public system of higher education, based on a unique dataset of all eligible high school pupils in an essentially closed region (Flanders). We find that pupils perceive the available institutions and programs as close substitutes, implying a...
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The paper contributes to the debate on cumulative advantage effects in academic research by examining top performance in research and its persistence over time, using a panel dataset comprising the publications of biomedical and exact scientists at the KU Leuven in the period 1992-2001. We study the selection of researchers into productivity catego...
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The paper contributes to the debate on cumulative advantage effects in academic research by examining top performance in research and its persistence over time, using a panel dataset comprising the publications of biomedical and exact scientists at the KU Leuven in the period 1992-2001. We study the selection of researchers into productivity catego...
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This study examines the impact of basic science on the research productivity of private for-profit firms in the pharmaceutical industry. We distinguish between the effects of in-house self-performed basic scientific research (internal basic science) and the exploitation of public basic scientific research (external basic science). We hypothesize th...
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The paper contributes to the debate on cumulative advantage effects in academic research by examining top performance in research and its persistence over time, using a panel dataset comprising the publications of biomedical and exact scientists at the KU Leuven in the period 1992-2001. We study the selection of researchers into productivity catego...

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