Francesco Rentocchini

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This paper focuses on the role of human capital in reducing the barriers to firms’ engagement in innovation activities. The paper distinguishes between firms facing barriers that stop them from engaging in any innovation activity, and firms that face impediments in the course of their innovation activity. We investigate whether human capital has a(More)
This paper investigates the relationship between engagement in consulting activities and the research performance of academic scientists. The study relies on a sample of 2678 individual faculty, from five Spanish universities, who have been recipients of publicly funded grants or have been principal investigators in activities contracted by external agents(More)
The wide diffusion of open source software (OSS) is driving discussion among scholars on a set of issues, including its adoption by public administrations (PA). Previous works discussed a few factors that drive the decision to adopt OSS and did not address the potential benefits in terms of e-government that OSS may bring to PA. This paper fills these gaps.(More)
Although FDI have been at the forefront of economic debate since a long time, economists have not yet developed a unified framework for their investigation. In this paper, we put forward the idea that an essential point to analyze FDI concerns their underpinning motives. Motives are at the core of FDI and FDI are only but one of different alternative means(More)
The paper analyzes how the structure of social networks affects innovation diffusion and competition under different information regimes. Diffusion is modeled as the result of idiosyncratic adoption thresholds, local network effects and information diffusion (broadcasting and demonstration effect from previous adopters). A high social cohesion decreases the(More)
This work provides a deeper account of an increasing phenomenon characterising the EU in recent years, namely software patenting. Although the European patent convention expressively prohibits it, this has not been a major problem for firms and inventors that have seen their applications being granted as well. First of all, a new reliable database on(More)
This study aims at empirically investigating whether technology incubators help academic high-tech start-ups to establish collaborations with other organizations, thus increasing the competitiveness of these firms. In doing so, we take into account the specificities of academic hightech start-ups with respect to their non-academic counterparts. We compare(More)
Practitioners generally assert that collaborations with the Open Source software (OSS) community enable software entrepreneurial ventures to achieve superior innovation performance. Nonetheless, to the best of our knowledge, scholars have never tested this assertion. This paper takes a first step towards filling this gap. First, based on the high-tech(More)