Maureen Mckelvey


Avdelningen för innovation och entreprenörskap
Viktoriagatan 13
41125 Göteborg
Box 625
40530 Göteborg

Om Maureen Mckelvey

Professor McKelvey’s research addresses innovation and entrepreneurship. An underlying theoretical proposition from an evolutionary and Schumpeterian paradigm is that innovation and entrepreneurship are closely related to processes of creating, accessing, and diffusing knowledge and opportunities. McKelvey's research focuses on the development and use of knowledge at the interplay between innovation management and entrepreneurship with science and engineering. She has publishes in journals such as Small Business Economics, Research Policy and Applied Economics as well as books with Routledge, Oxford, Cambridge, and Edward Elgar. Professor McKelvey has had high level positions in expert groups and written reports, for Swedish organizations as well as for the OECD and EU. Her research and results will greatly impact the transformation of society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship by opening up new scientific breakthroughs; building upon extreme methodologies recently developing in social science research; and pioneering new approaches into the unknown. She leads the Swedish Research Distiguished Professor Program on Knowledge-intensive Innovation Ecosystems.

Scientific leadership As an independent principle investigator since 1995, McKelvey contributes with internationally recognized contributions within the field. Her first book Evolutionary Innovations: The Business of Biotechnology was based upon her PhD dissertation and was awarded the prestigious Schumpeter Prize. Two decades ago, her research produced pioneering explanations of radical business innovations based on science. Her later work explained how universities are a central source of new knowledge within innovation systems, and in the 2009 EU Business Panel for Future Innovation Policy, she set forth grand societal challenges and inclusive engagement as the public policy vision. In recent years, international collaborators and McKelvey explicated the distinct theoretical and empirical characteristics of “knowledge intensive entrepreneurs”. She is recognized as one of the international leaders in her field, also seen in numerous plenary speeches. McKelvey’s full publication list includes more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including in the top journals in her field as well as in top journals of related disciplinary fields. Her research career is rooted in Innovation Studies and Evolutionary Economics, but there are links to scholars in Economics, Management & Business Studies, Economic Geography, Entrepreneurship, and Science & Technology Studies. Earlier in her career, the field’s publishing tradition consisted mainly of books, the occasional journal article, government reports and public policy projects including direct interaction with policy-makers. Following this tradition, she has 16 books (including some in two languages) written more than 75 book chapters published in academic books by the most respected international publishers.

Scientific mentoring McKelvey’s philosophy and strategy for mentoring young talents is to promote scientific curiosity. She strongly urges young scholars that scientific curiosity is driven by four questions - the “what’s right” and “what’s wrong” with theoretical understanding; the “what if” of unexpected empirics; and the “what’s new” of the results. Her PhD students have all had successful careers in academia, business and government. Three former PhD students have become Professors, two in Sweden and one in Germany. One is Senior Lecturer and two are currently Assistant Professors on a tenure track position at the University of Gothenburg. One former PhD student has a top post in Swedish Government Offices and another is Business Development Manager, Region Skåne. Her post-doctoral scholars currently have academic positions in China, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK. These scholars are successful in pushing forward the boundaries of the field. She has designed and implemented three successful two year MSc Programs taught in English (one at Chalmers; two at the University of Gothenburg), which together graduate more than 100 students annually. This track record testifies to McKelvey’s ability to promote and foster young talents.

Leadership in the field McKelvey was Professor at Chalmers University of Technology (6 years) before being recruited to the University of Gothenburg, where she is now Professor of Industrial Management. She is currently head of Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Department of Economy and Society. She has on the last decade led the design, creation and implementation of the Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (previously Institute), by building a integrated research-teaching environment together with colleagues.

She is Director of the University of Gothenburg centre on knowledge-intensive innovation ecosystems (U-GOT KIES centre). https://www.gu.se/en/school-business-economics-law/economy-society/our-research/research-in-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/got-kies-gothenburg-network-for-knowledge-intensive-innovative-ecosystems

The U-GOT KIES centre draws together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars, across the globe, and orgainzes activities.

The Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship now has more than 20 researchers and PhD students. McKelvey founded on the principle of integrating research with teaching and societal impact, within the subjects of innovation and entrepreneurship. These phenomena engage different actors involved in the generation, diffusion and exploitation of ideas into business and societal innovations, including change of both existing firms as well as renewal of society through new firms and industries. The Institute currently teaches 170 Masters students, who are enrolled in the highly successful MSc programs “Innovation and Industrial Management” and “Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship”.

Local leadership for the university McKelvey has taken on demanding academic leadership jobs. At Chalmers, she was Director of a VINNOVA Center of Excellence for four years. At the School of Business, Economics and Law she was Vice-Dean for three years and also the Director for Graduate School for six years, with responsible for over 400 Masters students in all business school subjects.

På andra webbplatser


  • Innovation management, Entrepreneurship, University-Industry interactions,


  • Innovation and Industrial Management Entrepreneurship

Utvalda publikationer

Broström, A.; Buenstorf, G., and McKelvey, M. (2021). “The knowledge economy, innovation and new challenges to universities: Introduction to special issue”. Innovation: Organization and Management. 23(2): pp. 145-162.

McKelvey, M.; Berg, K.; Bourelos, E.; Brunnström; L.; Gifford, E.; Hemberg, D.; Hermansson, I.; Lindmark, S.; Ljungberg, D.; Saemundsson, R.; Zaring, O. (2021). Forskningssamverkan och kommersialisering: Samhällets långsiktiga försörjning av ingenjörsvetenskaplig kunskap. Stockholm: Makadam förlag.

McKelvey, M. and Jin, J. (2020). Innovative Capabilities and the Globalization of Chinese Firms: Becoming a Leader in Knowledge-intensive Innovative Ecosystems. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Gifford, E.; McKelvey, M.; Saemundsson, R., (2020). ”The evolution of knowledge-intensive innovation ecosystems: Co-evolving entrepreneurial activity and innovation policy in the West Swedish maritime system”. Industry and Innovation. 28(5), pp. 651-675.

Malerba, F. and McKelvey, M. (2020). “Knowledge-intensive innovative entrepreneurship integrating Schumpeter, evolutionary economics and innovation systems” Small Business Economics. 54, pp. 503-522.

Academic engagement and commercialisation: A review of the literature on university-industry relationsPerkmann, M., Tartari, V., McKelvey, Maureen, Autio, E., Brostrom, A., D'Este, P., Fini, R., Geuna, A., Grimaldi, R., Hughes, A., Krabel, S., Kitson, M., Llerena, P., Lissoni, F., Salter, A., Sobrero, M.Research Policy, 42:2, s. 423-442, 2013