The impact of public science projects

On August 20, 2013 Markus Perkmann from Imperial College Business School in London will visit Arhus University and give a presentation on the economic and social impact of public science projects.

2013.08.12 | Julia Rolsted Stacey

Photo: Julia Rolsted Stacey, AU Communications.

The Innovation Management Group at Aarhus University has once again invited a very committed researcher with a great interest in innovation. This time it is Associate Professor Markus Perkmann from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School in London. He will visit the Department of Business Administration at Aarhus University and present research results from a study about whether public science projects do result in real world impact.

When Markus Perkmann visits Aarhus University he will focus on translational research.

"In this work, we explore how public science projects have an economic and social impact", says Markus Perkmann.

"This means that we ask under what circumstances public science produces impact that goes beyond the contribution to the progress of science. To answer this question, we study all medical science projects at Imperial College London between 2006 and 2011 and investigate whether they had an impact on clinical guidelines or generated patents". 

Markus Perkmann says that they have found that teams composed of diverse individuals, yet led by a top academic investigator, are the most likely to generate impact on economy and society. 

In his research in general Markus Perkmann explores how organisations source knowledge externally and innovate collaboratively. He is particularly interested in how firms work with universities and how such collaborations can be organized.

Innovation Management Group

It is the Innovation Management Group at the Department of Business Administration that has invited Markus Perkmann to visit Aarhus University. The Innovation Management Group is led by Professor Lars Frederiksen, and his research group arranges a range of seminars.

The aim is to provide inspiration and knowledge from the research frontier of innovation management. The seminars are open to all researchers at Aarhus University.


  • Markus Perkmann is Associate Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School, London
  • Markus Perkmann is also Management Practices Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM). 
  • The paper that Markus Perkmann will be presenting is co-authored with his colleagues Jan Ross and Riccardo Fini. 
  • Read more about Markus Perkmann here 


Further information

Lars Frederiksen
Professor with special responsibilities in Innovation Management
T: +45 8716 5182
M: +45 5360 8842

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