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Mark Freel

Freel, Mark
Full Professor
RBC Financial Group Professor in the Commercialization of Innovation
M.A. (Glasgow), M.Sc. (Paisley), Ph.D. (Aberdeen)
DMS 5132
613-562-5800 x 4733
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Mark Freel is the Royal Bank of Canada Professor for the Commercialisation of Innovations at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. He also holds an appointment as a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School, UK, and is a research fellow at the Lazaridis Institute, Wilfrid Laurier University. Before moving to Canada in 2006, Mark held faculty positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and at Strathclyde and Warwick universities. He has held editorial positions at the Journal of Small Business Management and the International Small Business Journal, and currently serves as an associate editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and on several editorial advisory boards. Mark’s research interests are broadly concerned with innovation and entrepreneurship, and with how firms and regions create and capture value. He has consulted for various branches of government in Canada, the UK and the EU on related issues.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Tran, H.T. and Freel, M. 2023. Ownership, Innovation and Variable Institutional Quality. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 31(2): 285-306.
  • Qiu, H., Chreim, S. and Freel, M. 2023. A tension lens for understanding entrepreneurship-related activities in the university. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 186: 122167.
  • Freel, M. and Gordon, I. 2022. On the consequences of firm growth. International Small Business Journal, 40(6): 684-709.
  • Rostamkalaei, A. and Freel, M. 2022. Some initial observations on the geography of the supply of equity crowdfunding. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 25(1): 65-90.
  • Qiu, H. and Freel, M. 2020. Managing family-related conflicts in family businesses: A review and research agenda. Family Business Review, 33(1): 90-113.
  • Freel, M., Persaud, A. and Chamberlin, T. 2019. Faculty ideals and universities’ third mission. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 147(10): 21.
  • Freel, M., Liu, R. and Rammer, C. 2019. On the export additionality of innovation policy. Industrial and Corporate Change, 28(5): 1257-1277.
  • Mac an Bhaird, C., Owen, R. and Freel, M. 2019. The evolution of entrepreneurial finance–10 years after the global financial crisis. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20(4): 235-238.
  • Freel, M. and Robson, P.J. 2017. Appropriation strategies and open innovation in SMEs. International Small Business Journal, 35(5): 578-596.
  • Rostamkalaei, A. and Freel, M. 2017. Business advice and lending in small firms. Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, 35(3): 537-555.

Chapters in Books

  • Rostamkalaei, A. and Freel, M. Approaches to understanding credit access in small firms. In Saridakis, G.. Handbook of Quantitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship. 2020, (Accepted).
  • Freel, M. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Firms. In de Clercq, D. and Blackburn, R.. The Sage Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Sage, 2018, (In Press).
  • Robson, P.J., Chamberlin, T. and Freel, M. Built to grow? Exploring the drivers of initial capitalization. In Smallbone, D., Sauka, A. and Virtanen, M.. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development . London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2017.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2021-2024 SSHRC Understanding the consequences of entrepreneurship as an episodic phenomenon R C Co-PI $ 86,666
2021-2022 Telfer School of Management Research Grants (SMRG) After the exit: The career paths and earnings trajectories of former immigrant entrepreneurs R I PI $ 15,000
2020-2023 SSHRC Immigrant entrepreneurs' access to and the costs of debt financing R C PI $ 36,114
2017-2020 SSHRC The Fate of High Growth Firms R C PI $ 95,000
2011 Industry Canada Strategic behaviour relating to patenting and the effects on Canadian Business R G PI $ 24,900


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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