A scientific approach to entrepreneurial experimentation: evidence from a randomised controlled trial
Does a scientific approach to business experimentation affect startups' performance? What is the effect of extending the use of a scientific approach on team validation?
The Impact of Intellectual Property Protection on Firm Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial
To what extent does patent protection change product market outcomes?
The granting of patent rights is a central public policy tool to incentivise innovation, but the incentive that patents offer works indirectly. Rather than directly subsidising R&D costs (as in other mechanisms, such as tax credits), or attempting to make up for any differences between the public and private incentives to research, patents provide incentive through product market protection.
Corporate Nudging & Intrapreneurship
Can subtle non-monetary nudges be used to influence intrapreneurial behaviour in a large corporation?
Intrapreneurship, or bottom-up entrepreneurial activities by employees from existing firms, can be an important source of innovation and organisational growth. Management of intrapreneurship, however, is highly complex as it is typically considered discretionary behaviour and is generally not formalised in job descriptions. Innovation competitions is one way to stimulate this type of behaviour within firms
A Randomised Control Trial to Identify the Effect of Tech Incubators on Startups
Is there an effect of incubator spaces on the survival of startups and their economic performance? And if so, why?
From our blog
We suggest three main areas of action which should be explored by those managing R&D and innovation budgets in order to increase their impact.
Over the last four years at the Innovation Growth Lab, we've started learning valuable lessons from experiments about how to best support innovation, entrepreneurship, and business growth.
IGL's Policy Learning Designer reflects on how policymakers learn how to become more experimental - often needing to take on more than simply learning how to run an experimental trial.
Innovation Growth Lab is an international initiative led by Nesta in partnership with several public and private organisations around the world.
Our research network
The IGL Research Network includes over 85 researchers from around the world working on randomised controlled trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.
Ferran GionesUniversity of Stuttgart
Tim SchweisfurthUniversity of Twente
Cédric SchneiderCopenhagen Business School
Max NathanLSE, NIESR
Michael LenoxUniversity of Virginia Darden School of Business
Alessandro MaffioliInter-American Development Bank
Todd PugatchOregon State University
Casper JørgensenThe Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
Andrew KingUniversity of Virginia Darden School of Business
Federico MunariUniversity of Bologna
Christopher TucciÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
David MorrisNew Economy Manchester
Adam OsmanUniversity of Illinois