AEGIS - Advancing Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Economic Growth and Social Well-being in Eur

Project description

The AEGIS project aims to study the interactions between knowledge, innovation, economic growth and social well-being in Europe. It focuses on knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship as a necessary mechanism and an agent of change mediating between the creation of knowledge and its transformation into economic activity. Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship is perceived herein as a core interface between two interdependent systems: the knowledge generation and diffusion system, on the one hand, and the productive system, on the other. Both systems shape and are shaped by the broader social context - including customs, culture and institutions - thus also pointing at the linkage of entrepreneurship to that context.



General Objectives of the Project


The project has three main objectives (research thrusts). At the micro level, it purports to study in depth the very act of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, its defining characteristics, boundaries, scope and incentives. At the macro level, it will study the link between knowledge entrepreneurship, ec

onomic growth and social well-being, also extending to the socio-economic processes that help transform the "animal spirits" (John Maynard Keynes) into a self-reinforcing process for broader societal prosperity. The way the broader socio-economic environment stokes "animal spirits" and benefits from them will be studied within the contexts of various shades of capitalism in Europe and elsewhere, expanding beyond the growth accounting and endogenous growth approaches and issues to novel concepts of the link between knowledgeintensive entrepreneurship and growth and, further, into the underlying issues of social wellbeing such as inclusion, cohesion, equity, opportunities, and social care. Finally, at the policy level, the project will take a systemic approach aiming at linking and integrating diverse sets of policies that influence the creation and growth of innovative entrepreneurial ventures based on knowledge generation and diffusion.



For more information please the AEGIS website: []


Sponsor: DG Research and Development  (7FP) - European Commission


Planet SA Societe Anonyme for the Provision of Consultancy Services, Athens - Greece

Universita Commerciale 'Luigi Bocconi', Milano - Italia

National Technical Univeristy of Athens, Athens - Greece

Stiftelsen Imit, Gothenburg - Sweden

Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerberung Der Wissenschaften E.V., Muenchen - Germany

Lunds Universitet, Lund - Sweden

Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht - Netherlands

Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Dortmund - Germany

Universite de Strasbourg, Strasbourg - France

University College London, London - United Kingdom

Unidade de Estudos Sobre Complexidade e Economia, Lisboa - Portugal

Aalborg Universitet, Alborg - Denmark

University of Sussex, Brighton - United Kingdom 

Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Kozgazdasagtudomanyi Intezet, Budapest - Hungary

Centrum Ekonomickych Studii, Praha - Czech Republic

FIinansovaya Akademiya Pri Pravitelstve Rossiyskoy Federacii, Moscow - Russian Federation 

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou - China

Centre for Development Studies, Ullor - India 

Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht - Netherlands

Croatian Employers' Association,  Zagreb - Croatia


All the deliverables can be downloaded from the AEGIS website.