Hans Löfsten

Full Professor at Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Hans Löfsten, born in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a Swedish economist and professor, primarily active in the fields of innovation management and entrepreneurship. Löfsten obtained his PhD (Doctor of Economics) in 1992 at the School of Economics and Commercial Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He became an Associate Professor (Docent) in Technology Management at Chalmers University of Technology in 1999, a Professor in the same subject in 2005, and a Full Professor in Engineering Economic Analysis at Chalmers, Department of Technology Management and Economics, in 2007. Löfsten has also held positions at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI) and Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT). Previously, he has held positions at Chalmers as vice-dean, dean, and head of division during the 2000s.

For many years, Löfsten has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education and has experience from many courses. Löfsten has also authored two textbooks in the field of industrial management and managerial economics. Additionally, he has supervised, as a main or co-supervisor, ten doctoral candidates to their doctoral degrees. Hans Löfsten has authored a substantial number of international scientific articles spanning various areas. His research primarily focuses on an efficient resource allocation for technology-based firms. The development of new technology-based firms and their innovations is crucial for new industrial structures and long-term economic development. Löfsten has published articles in journals such as Research Policy, Small Business Economics, R&D Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Technovation, Omega, The Journal of Technology Transfer, International Journal of Production Economics, and International Journal of Operations and Production Management. He is also well-known from several bibliometric studies where his articles on science parks, incubators, and new technology-based firms have been found to be prominent.

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Showing 93 publications

2024

The entrepreneurial university and development of large-scale research infrastructure – exploring the emerging university function of collaboration and leadership

Kamilla Kohn Rådberg, Hans Löfsten
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 49 (1), p. 334-366
Journal article
2024

Policies for scaling up technology-based firms

Hans Löfsten
Annals of Science and Technology Policy. Vol. 8 (3)
Journal article
2024

Impact of initial business model on the growth trajectory of new technology-based firms: a path dependency perspective

Hans Löfsten, Anders Isaksson, Heikki Rannikko et al
Journal of Technology Transfer
Journal article
2024

Exploring dyadic relationships between Science Parks and universities: bridging theory and practice

Hans Löfsten, Magnus Klofsten
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. In Press
Journal article
2023

Science parks as key players in entrepreneurial ecosystems

Eloise Germain, Magnus Klofsten, Hans Löfsten et al
R and D Management. Vol. 53 (4), p. 603-619
Journal article
2023

Developing a knowledge ecosystem for large-scale research infrastructure

Kamilla Kohn Rådberg, Hans Löfsten
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 48 (1), p. 441-467
Journal article
2023

Science Parks: Stakeholder Involvement in Attracting Talent

Eduardo Cadorin, Magnus Klofsten, Hans Löfsten
Proceedings of IDEAS 2022 , p. 99-107
Book chapter
2023

Entrepreneurial networks, geographical proximity, and their relationship to firm growth: a study of 241 small high-tech firms

Hans Löfsten, Anders Isaksson, Heikki Rannikko
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 48 (6), p. 2280-2306
Journal article
2022

Developing a knowledge ecosystem for large-scale research infrastructure: Important challenges for MAX IV and European Spallation Source

Kamilla Kohn Rådberg, Hans Löfsten
Report - Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)
2022

Mobilising finance and achieving early growth in new technology-based firms: a legitimacy perspective

Heikki Rannikko, Mickaël Buffart, Anders Isaksson et al
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. Vol. 28 (6), p. 1532-1555
Journal article
2021

Science Parks, talent attraction and stakeholder involvement: an international study

Eduardo Cadorin, Magnus Klofsten, Hans Löfsten
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 46 (1), p. 1-28
Journal article
2021

Firm characteristics and internal and external dimensions: Differences between incubatees and non-incubator firms in Sweden

Hans Löfsten
Handbook of Research on Business and Technology Incubation and Acceleration: A Global Perspective, p. 496-512
Book chapter
2021

Initial business model design and the performance of new technology-based firms: some will grow, some will remain

Mickaël Buffart, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten et al
Other conference contribution
2021

The influence of initial business models on early business performance – a study of 589 new high-tech firm

Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten, Heikki Rannikko
International Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 25 (5)
Journal article
2020

Explaining new technology-based firms’ growth: the effect of initial conditions and resource mobilization

Heikki Rannikko, Mickaël Buffart, Anders Isaksson et al
Other conference contribution
2020

Support and Development of Small and New Firms in Rural Areas: A case study of three regional initiatives

Magnus Klofsten, Charlotte Norrman, Eduardo Cadorin et al
SN Applied Sciences. Vol. 2 (1)
Journal article
2020

Is low-growth really the opposite of high-growth? A business model perspective

Mickaël Buffart, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten et al
Other conference contribution
2020

Science Parks and talent attraction management: university students as a strategic resource for innovation and entrepreneurship

Hans Löfsten, Magnus Klofsten, Eduardo Cadorin
European Planning Studies. Vol. 28 (12), p. 2465-2488
Journal article
2019

Effects of internal and external resource dimensions on the business performance of new technology-based firms

Hanna Rydehell, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 23 (1)
Journal article
2019

Human capital, external relations, and early firm performance of technology-based start-ups

Hanna Rydehell, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten
Rigour and Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research, Resources and Outcomes Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research, p. 117-139
Book chapter
2019

Business networks and localization effects for new Swedish technology-based firms’ innovation performance

Hanna Rydehell, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 44 (5), p. 1457-1476
Journal article
2019

Science Parks and talent attraction – an international study

Eduardo Cadorin, Magnus Klofsten, Hans Löfsten
Other conference contribution
2019

Survival and Growth Patterns among New Technology-Based Firms: Empirical Study of Cohort 2006 in Sweden

Heikki Ranniko, Erno T. Tornikoski, Anders Isaksson et al
Journal of Small Business Management. Vol. 57 (2), p. 640-657
Journal article
2019

The business performance of new technology-based firms: The importance of the business model’s value proposition and customer relationships

Hans Löfsten
International Review of Entrepreneurship. Vol. 17 (3), p. 323-346
Journal article
2019

Support and development of small and new firms in rural areas

Magnus Klofsten, Charlotte Norrman, Eduardo Cadorin et al
Other conference contribution
2018

Maintenance and reinvestment policies: framework and principles

Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics. Vol. 6 (2/3), p. 207-223
Journal article
2018

Industriell ekonomi – grundläggande ekonomisk analys

Björn Lantz, Hans Löfsten, Anders Isaksson
Book
2018

Novelty-oriented value propositions for new technology-based firms: Impact of business networks and growth orientation

Hanna Rydehell, Hans Löfsten, Anders Isaksson
Journal of High Technology Management Research. Vol. 29 (2), p. 161-171
Journal article
2018

Empirical exploration of a cohort of new technology-based firms in Sweden: what happens to them during their early years?

Heikki Rannikko, Erno T. Tornikoski, Anders Isaksson et al
The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research, p. 166-186
Book chapter
2017

Innovation performance and organizational capabilities in the Swedish hybrid electric vehicle technology: A study of 40 SMEs

Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development. Vol. 16 (1), p. 49-69
Journal article
2017

Human capital, external relations and new technology-based firms´ early performance

Hanna Rydehell, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten
RENT XXXI (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business), November 16-17, 2017, Lund
Other conference contribution
2017

Measuring the (initial) business model of a new venture

Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten, Heikki Rannikko et al
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference), June 7-10, 2017
Conference poster
2016

Organisational capabilities and the long-term survival of new technology-based firms

Hans Löfsten
European Business Review. Vol. 28 (3), p. 312-332
Journal article
2016

Business and innovation resources: determinants for the survival of new technology-based firms

Hans Löfsten
Management Decision. Vol. 54 (1), p. 88-106
Journal article
2016

Industrialization of hybrid electric vehicle technology: identifying critical resource dimensions

Hans Löfsten
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 41 (2), p. 349-367
Journal article
2016

From practice to structures: The link between project-level knowledge creation and firm-level systematic information structures

Hans Löfsten
Journal of General Management. Vol. 42 (1), p. 79-100
Journal article
2015

Critical resource dimensions for development of patents - An analysis of 131 new technology-based firms Localised in incubators

Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 19 (1), p. Art. no. 1550006-
Journal article
2015

International new ventures localised in incubators - markets, resources and dynamic environment

Lise Aaboen, Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Vol. 7 (1), p. 24-46
Journal article
2015

Empirical exploration of a cohort of new technology-based firms in Sweden: What happens to them during their early years?

Heikki Rannikko, Erno Tornikoski, Anders Isaksson et al
Paper presented for the RENT (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) XXIX conference in Zagreb, Croatia on November 18-20, 2015.
Paper in proceeding
2015

Similar, yet different: a comparative analysis of the role of trust in radical and incremental product innovation

Anna Brattström, Hans Löfsten, Anders Richtnér
International Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 19 (4)
Journal article
2014

Product innovation processes and the trade-off between product innovation performance and business performance

Hans Löfsten
European Journal of Innovation Management. Vol. 17 (1), p. 61-84
Journal article
2014

Managing in turbulence: how the capacity for resilience influences creativity

Anders Richtnér, Hans Löfsten
R and D Management. Vol. 44 (2), p. 137-151
Journal article
2014

Information structures and business performance - implications for technology-based firm´s innovation performance

Hans Löfsten
Knowledge and Process Management. Vol. 21 (4), p. 246-259
Journal article
2014

Industriell ekonomi – grundläggande ekonomisk analys

Björn Lantz, Anders Isaksson, Hans Löfsten
Book
2012

Creativity, trust and systematic processes in product development

A. Brattstrom, Hans Löfsten, A. Richtner
Research Policy. Vol. 41 (4), p. 743-755
Journal article
2012

Capabilities for innovation in small firms - A study of 131 high-tech firms and their relation to performance

Sofia Börjesson, Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research. Vol. 6 (2), p. 149-176
Journal article
2012

Business planning, product development and localization - a study of 131 incubatees located on 16 incubators in Sweden

Hans Löfsten
Do We Need The Entrepreneurial University? Triple Helix Perspective, p. 47-61
Book chapter
2011

Förtroende och kreativitet i produktutveckling

Anders Richtnér, Anna Brattström, Hans Löfsten
Management of Innovation and Technology (2), p. 8-9
Magazine article
2011

Nourishment for the piggy bank: facilitation of external financing in incubators

Lise Aaboen, Hans Löfsten, Lars Bengtsson
International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (IJTTC). Vol. 10 (3/4), p. 354-374
Journal article
2011

Effects of platforms on new product development projects

Maximilian Pasche, Magnus Persson, Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Vol. 31 (11-12), p. 1144-1163
Journal article
2010

Critical incubator dimensions for small firm performance - a study of new technology-based firms localized in 16 incubators.

Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research. Vol. 4 (3), p. 256-279
Journal article
2010

Platforms and their effects on new product development projects

Maximilian Pasche, Magnus Persson, Hans Löfsten
17th International Annual EurOMA Conference
Paper in proceeding
2008

Towards incubator facilitation of technology transfer

Lise Aaboen, Peter Lindelöf, Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development. Vol. 5 (3), p. 331-355
Journal article
2008

Incubator performance: an efficiency frontier analysis

Lise Aaboen, Peter Lindelöf, Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research. Vol. 2 (4), p. 354-380
Journal article
2006

Inkubatorer i Sverige – analys av indikatordimensioner och nyttoeffektivitet

Hans Löfsten, Lise Aaboen, Peter Lindelöf
Report
2006

Importance of management accounting in new technology-based firms in Sweden - analysis of environmental and strategic variables

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
International Journal of Business Environment. Vol. 1 (2), p. 137-161
Journal article
2006

Corporate governance and performance of small high-tech firms in Sweden

Lise Aaboen, Peter Lindelöf, Christopher von Koch et al
Technovation. Vol. 26, p. 955-968
Journal article
2006

Business environment and property management issues: a study of growth firms in Sweden

Paul Dettwiler, Petert Lindelöf, Hans Löfsten
Journal of Corporate Real Estate. Vol. 8 (3), p. 120-133
Journal article
2006

Science Park Location and New Technology-Based Firms in Sweden: Implications for Strategy and Performance

Peter Lindelöf, Hans Löfsten
Technological Entrepreneurship: Institutions and Agents Involved University Technology Transfer
Book chapter
2006

Science Park effects in Sweden - dimensions critical for firm growth

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
International Journal of Public Policy. Vol. 1 (4), p. 451-475
Journal article
2006

Environmental hostility and firm behaviour - an empirical examination of new technology-based firms on Science Parks

Hans Löfsten, Lindelöf Peter
Journal of Small Business Management. Vol. 44 (3), p. 386-406
Journal article
2006

Utility of location: A comparative survey between small new technology-based firms located on and off Science Parks - Implications for facilities management

Paul Dettwiler, Peter Lindelöf, Hans Löfsten
Technovation. Vol. 26 (4), p. 506-517
Journal article
2005

Teori och metoder för val av indikatorer för inkubatorer

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Report
2005

Academic versus corporate new technology-based firms in Swedish Science Parks: an analysis of performance, business networks and financing

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
International Journal of Technology Management. Vol. 31 (3/4), p. 334-357
Journal article
2005

R&D networks and product innovation patterns of academic and non-academic new technology-based firms on Science Parks

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Technovation. Vol. 25 (9), p. 1025-1037
Journal article
2004

Proximity as a resource base for competitive advantage – university–industry links for technology transfer

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Journal of Technology Transfer. Vol. 29 (3/4), p. 311-326
Journal article
2004

Inkubatorers effektivitet – VINNKUBATOR

Hans Löfsten
Management of Technology (3), p. 5-5
Magazine article
2003

Determinants for an entrepreneurial milieu – Science Parks and business policy in growing firms

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Technovation. Vol. 23 (1), p. 51-64
Journal article
2003

Science Park location and new technology-based firms in Sweden – implications for strategy and performance

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Small Business Economics. Vol. 20 (3), p. 245-258
Journal article
2002

Science Parks and the growth of new technology based firms – academic-industry links, innovation and markets.

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Research Policy. Vol. 31 (6), p. 859-876
Journal article
2001

Science Parks in Sweden - Industrial Renewal and Development?

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
R&D Management. Vol. 31 (3), p. 309-322
Journal article
2000

Measuring Maintenance Performance - In Search for a Maintenance Productivity Index

Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Production Economics. Vol. 63 (1), p. 47-58
Journal article
2000

Underhållets produktivitetsmått - några empiriska och teoretiska implikationer

Hans Löfsten
Utan handledning, p. 39-58
Book chapter
1999

Varför växer företagen i teknik- och forskningsparker?

Hans Löfsten, Peter Lindelöf
Management of Technology (4), p. 10-11
Magazine article
1999

Management of Industrial Maintenance - Economic Evaluation of Maintenance Policies

Hans Löfsten
International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Vol. 19 (7), p. 716-737
Journal article
1998

Maintenance of Municipal Infrastructure. Journal of Infrastructure Systems

Hans Löfsten
Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Vol. 4 (4), p. 139-145
Journal article
1997

Industriunderhåll - en dold strategisk resurs

Hans Löfsten
Management of Technology (3), p. 11-13
Magazine article
1994

Transportation Industrial Market Structure in Sweden and its Implications for Transport Carrier Costing - an Activity-Based Costing Approach

Hans Löfsten
17th annual congress of the European Accounting Association
Paper in proceeding

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Showing 3 research projects

2021–2021

How to create innovative and entrepreneurial milieus around MAX IV and ESS for research, business and education?

Kamilla Kohn Rådberg Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Hans Löfsten Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

2020–2022

Initial business models and subsequent performance of new technology-based firms in Sweden and Finland

Hans Löfsten Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Anders Isaksson Entrepreneurship and Strategy
The Wallenberg Foundations, Peter Wallenberg

5 publications exist
2014–2016

Exploring linkages between startup creation and future growth in new technology-based Swedish and Finnish firms

Hans Löfsten Innovation and R&D Management
Anders Isaksson Entrepreneurship and Strategy
The Wallenberg Foundations, Peter Wallenberg

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