Professor Dirk Libaers
Professor Dirk Libaers

Professor Dirk Libaers

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Dirk Libaers is currently a Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of Aberdeen on a fractional appointment. He is also the John and Beverly Grant Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Muma College of Business at The University of South Florida and Director of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship. Before joining the University of South Florida in 2017, Dirk was Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to that he was first an Assistant, and later an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City from 2007 to 2014. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sussex and Kent in the UK and the University of Queensland in Australia. His research and teaching interests include technology entrepreneurship, academic entrepreneurship, technology commercialization from universities, and new product development in new ventures and established organizations. He also gained 12 years of work experience in the private sector in the consumer electronics industry in Europe and the Asia Pacific.

He received the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.


Research Overview

Technology Entrepreneurship; Opportunity Recognition; Academic Entrepreneurship; New Product/Service Development in large, small and new firms

Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • Management Studies
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

I have current research projects going on in the following areas:

1) academic entrepreneurship

2) Product innovation and corruption

3) complementor strategies in digital platform ecosystems


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