Dr. Carla Costa
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Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and IST – Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal)         

PhD in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change (SETChange) (05/2013), Thesis: “Agglomeration vs. Heritage: The moulds and plastics industries in Portugal”, Committee: David Hounshell (Chair - CMU), Rui Baptista (IST), Francisco Veloso (Católica Lisbon), and Lee Branstetter (CMU)

Prior Positions

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Organisation and Strategy, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship, Maastricht University (08/2013 - 08/2015)

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All publications
  2018 - Articles
Buenstorf, Guido & Costa, Carla (2018). Drivers of Spin-off Performance in Industry Clusters: Embodied Knowledge or Embedded Firms?. Research Policy, 47 (3), (pp. 663-673).
  2015 - Articles
Costa, Carla & Baptista, Rui (01.01.2015). Clusters’ Impact on Firm Performance in the Growth and Sustainment Stages of the Cluster Lifecycle. Proceedings - Academy of Management, 2015 (1). 10.5465/AMBPP.2015.238.
  2015 - Book parts / chapters
Costa, Carla (2015). Organizational Heritage and Entrepreneurship: Steven Klepper’s Theories Reflected in the Emergence and Growth of the Plastic Molds Industry in Portugal. In Rui Baptista & João Leitão (Eds.), Entrepreneurship, Human Capital, and Regional Development (pp. 281-293) (13 p.). Springer International Publishing.
  2004 - Articles
Costa, Carla, Fontes, Margarida & Heitor, Manuel V. (2004). A methodological approach to the marketing process in the biotechnology-based companies. Industrial Marketing Management, 33 (5), (pp. 403-418) (16 p.).
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Research interests include: strategy, in particular industrial organisation and dynamics, entrepreneurship, regional development, and innovation.

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Additional functions and activities
  • Affiliate of IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon 
  • Honorary Fellow at the Management School of the University of Liverpool


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3508 TC    UTRECHT
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