Kent Wickstrøm Jensen

Title: Associate professor
Home institution: University of Southern Denmark
Universitetsparken 1, 6000 Kolding, Denmark
+45 6550 1365;
SDC Research field: Innovation Management

Public Management and Social Development

SDC Research project(s):  Globalization of Entrepreneurial Innovation in China and Denmark

The project focuses on people’s entry and participation in entrepreneurial and innovative activity in new and existing enterprises, on organization of activity and enterprises, as embedded in networks around enterprises and entrepreneurs and in institutions and systems in society, and on performance outcomes, notably innovation and innovation-related exporting and expectations for job-creation and growth. – The design is multi-level, e.g. analyzing micro-level activity in macro-level contexts of culture and social institutions, and often compares China to other societies, and is often longitudinal by tracking development of innovation in China. – Data are mainly from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM, which since 2001 has conducted annual surveys, now covering China and 100+ other societies, with measures of national institutional framework conditions, measures of adults’ attitudes and involvement in entrepreneurship and innovation, and measures of entrepreneurs’ and enterprises’ attributes, networking and innovation and innovation-related activities.

Project partner(s) in China: LI Jizhen, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, Dept of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

GAO Jian, Professor, Tsinghua University, Dept of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

DUAN Zhirong, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University, Dept of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

Project partner(s) in Denmark: Thomas Schøtt, University of Southern Denmark

Shayegheh Ashourizadeh, University of Southern Denmark.

Shahamak Rezaei, Roskilde University.

Jan Van, Aalborg University.

SDC Teaching involvement: Innovation Management Programme
Overall research interests: Research interest focuses on entrepreneurial and innovative behavior and performance of individuals and firms as embedded in networks and institutions. A particular focus on institutions as constraining and facilitating networking benefits for entrepreneurship and innovation. Current research themes includes: institutional embeddedness of firms’ social and environmental goals, institutional embeddedness of entrepreneurs’ well-being, and impact of dual institutional embeddedness on migrants’ innovation.
Publications: Jensen, K.W., S. Rezaei and T. Schøtt. 2016. Entrepreneurs in China and the Chinese diaspora, In: Entrepreneur and Talent Management from a Global Perspective: Chinese Returnees, ed Huiyao Wang & Yipeng Liu. E. Elgar pp. 62-91.

Jensen, K.W., S.Rezaei, T.Schøtt, S.Ashourizadeh, & LI Jizhen. 2016. Chinese entrepreneurs’ human and social capital benefiting innovation: In China and Chinese diaspora. International Journal of Business and Globalisation. Vol. 16, No. 3. Pp. 350-377.

Ashourizadeh, S., S.Rezaei, T.Schøtt, and K.W.Jensen. 2016. People’s human and social capital benefiting careers in entrepreneurship: Adults in China and in the Chinese diaspora. International Journal of Business and Globalisation Vol. 16, No. 3. Pp. 378-400.

Jensen, K.W., and T. Schøtt. 2015. Start-up firms’ networks for innovation and export: Facilitated and constrained by entrepreneurs’ networking in private and public spheres.  Journal of Social Network Analysis and Mining, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Article 48, pp. 1-17. DOI 10.1007/s13278-015-0287-8

Jensen, K. W., and Schøtt, T. 2014. Firms’ innovation embedded in their networks of collaboration: China compared to the World. Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies,12,3:273-292.

Jensen, K. W. 2014. Gendering of firms’ collaboration networks and innovation: a global study with a focus on China, Japan and South Korea. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 23, 1/2, pp. 213-234.

Jensen, K. W., Rezaei, S. & Wherry, F. 2014. Cognitive effects on entrepreneurial intentions: a comparison of Chinese émigrés and their descendants with non-émigré Chinese. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 23, 1/2, pp. 252-277.

Jensen, K. W. & Schøtt, T. 2014. Start-up firms’ networks for innovation: embedded in entrepreneurs’ networks in private and public spheres. Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining. Wu, X., Ester, M. & Xu, G. (red.). IEEE, s. 56-61

Scheduled activities 2016: Q1: Visit at Tsinghua University, research collaboration with Chinese colleagues at Tsinghua, and supervision of SDC Ph.D. student Shayegheh Ashuorizadeh.

Q3: CICALICS Workshop