The Effects of the Academic Environment on PhD Entrepreneurship: New Insights from Survey Data

Alessandro Muscio, Sotaro Shibayama, Laura Ramaciotti

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This paper investigates PhD entrepreneurship. We focus on the university factors most closely associated to: (1) students’ success in starting a business venture; (2) students’ startup intention; (3) students’ abandoning the entrepreneurial idea. The empirical analysis is based on data from a questionnaire survey, administered in 2016 in Italy. We focus on four factors related to the university entrepreneurial environment: (1) university entrepreneurship policy frameworks; (2) PhD orientation to business problems; (3) entrepreneurship training; (4) PhD lab reputation. We find that the academic environment can have a fundamental impact on students’ decisions to start new ventures and on their entrepreneurial attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity-Industry Knowledge Interactions
EditorsJoaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Pablo D'Este, David Barberá-Tomás
PublisherSpringer Gabler
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030846688
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Studies in Entrepreneurship
PublisherSpringer Gabler
ISSN (Print)1572-1922
ISSN (Electronic)2197-5884

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to Ugo Rizzo for his help with the data cleaning process and to CINECA for the questionnaire administration and data collection.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Business Administration

Free keywords

  • Entrepreneurial university
  • Firm creation
  • PhDs
  • Start-up
  • Student entrepreneurship


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