Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dirk Libaers

474 Dodge Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




PhD in Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS in Technology & Innovation Management, University of Sussex
MBA in Finance, George Washington University
BEng. Electrical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Libaers' primary research interests are in the area of technology commercialization, High-Tech entrepreneurship and new product development. He has taught MBA and undergraduate courses in new venture creation, new product development, and business model development.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Professor Libaers was an Assistant and an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and was associated with its Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He worked for over twelve years in the construction industry and the consumer electronics industry in Europe and the Far East in project management, and general management.

Awards & Recognition

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Kent at Canterbury

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sussex

Academy of Management (2007) Best Paper Proceedings


Selected Publications

Wang, T., Libaers, D (2016) Non-imitative knowledge and innovation performance: Empirical evidence from new ventures in developing countries. Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming)

Weckowska, D., J. Mordi-Gallas, P. Tang, D. Twigg, E. Castro-Martinez, I. Kijenska-Dabrowska, D. Libaers, Meyer, M., De Backere, K. (2016). University Patenting and Technology Commercialization - Legal Frameworks and the Importance of Local Practice. R&D Management (forthcoming)

Libaers, D. (2016). Time allocations across collaborations of academic scientists and their impact on efforts to commercialize novel technologies: is more always better? R&D Management (forthcoming)

Sarooghi, H., D. Libaers, Burkemper, A. (2015). Examining the relationship between creativity and innovation: A meta-analysis of organizational, cultural and environmental factors. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(5), 714-731.

Zhao, Y.L., D. Libaers, and M. Song. (2015). First product performance: A mediated moderating model of entrepreneurial resources, founding team startup experience and product positioning strategy. Journal of Product Innovation Management , 32(3), 441-458.


Selected Presentations

Canavati, S., Libaers, D, Sarooghi, H., Burkemper, A., Hornsby, J.S. (2016) The impact of prior knowledge on the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities: A cross-country meta -analysis from an institutional perspective. Academy of Management Conference 2016, Anaheim, CA

Wang, T., Libaers, D, and H.D. Park (2015) How does product development experience and patent stock affect R&D sourcing mode? R&D Management Conference 2015, Pisa, Italy

Begelfer, M., H. Sarooghi, A. Burkemper, and Libaers, D. (2015) Research Funding and Academic Entrepreneurship: A meta-analytical examination. Academy of Management Meeting 2015, Vancouver, Canada