PhD defence: Hans Anton stubberud

PhD Defense

9 June 2016 12:52

(updated: 9 June 2016 13:07)

PhD defence: Hans Anton stubberud

On Thursday 23 June 2016 Hans Anton Stubberud will hold a trial lecture on a prescribed topic and defend his thesis for the PhD degree at NHH

Prescribed topic for the trial lecture:

Discuss how the results of this study may be used to develop the incubator concept in Norway in order to increase new venture performance

Trial lecture:

10:15 in Aud C, NHH

Title of the thesis:

Business Incubators and Entrepreneurial Performance: The Influence of Network Value and Absorptive Capacity


Small-scale businesses have assumed a critical role in industrialization and economic development, as small firms contribute significantly to value creation and to the development of the economy and society. This thesis focuses on the role of business incubators in facilitating entrepreneurial success, and the research question is whether incubators contribute to higher network value and absorptive capacity for start-ups.

Business incubators attempt to increase the odds of a new venture's survival and entrepreneurial performance by providing various forms of assistance, including management expertise, training, and reasonably priced shared facilities that provide access to essential resources and add legitimacy to a start-up venture.

Results from 651 start-ups in a survey of Norwegian firms show that network value and absorptive capacity are significantly related to entrepreneurial performance. Furthermore, the analysis show that incubated firms have higher network value and improved absorptive capacity than non-incubated firms. These two main findings indicate that incubated firms generate a higher level of network value and absorptive capacity than non-incubated firms, and that this in turn contributes to higher levels of entrepreneurial performance.


12:15 in Aud C, NHH

evaluation committee:

Senior Researcher Torstein Nesheim (chair), SNF
Associate Professor Siri Terjesen, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
Professor Lene Foss, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Supervising committee:

Professor Sven A. Haugland (principal supervisor), Department of Strategy and Management, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
Professor Kåre Sandvik, University College of Southeast Norway
Professor Håvard Ness, University College of Southeast Norway