Efficiency and productivity growth of technology-based firms in business incubators: A DEA and Malmquist index approach

João Pedro Santos, A. Grilo

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Abstract

Business Incubators can play a major role in helping to turn a business idea into a technology-based organization economically efficient. However, there is a shortage in the literature regarding the efficiency evaluation and productivity evolution of the new technology-based firms (NTBFs) in the incubation scope. This study aims to develop a model based on the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) methodology, which allows the incubated NTBFs to evaluate and improve the efficiency of their management. Moreover, Malmquist index is used to examine productivity change. The index is decomposed into multiple components to give insights into the root sources of productivity change. The proposed model was applied on a case study with 13 NTBFs incubated. In the case study it was possible to conclude that inefficient firms invest excessively in Research and Development (R&D), and on average, firms have a productivity growth in the period of study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM 2013)
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages154-158
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-147990986-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2014
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2013 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 Dec 201313 Dec 2013

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2013
CountryThailand
CityBangkok
Period10/12/1313/12/13

Keywords

  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Efficiency
  • Malmquist Index
  • New Technology Based-Firms
  • Productivity

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    Santos, J. P., & Grilo, A. (2014). Efficiency and productivity growth of technology-based firms in business incubators: A DEA and Malmquist index approach. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM 2013) (pp. 154-158). [6962394] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/IEEM.2013.6962394