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Freel, Mark

Freel, Mark

Full Professor
Vice-Dean (Career Development), 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 is the RBC Financial Group Professor for the Commercialisation of Innovations. He is an associate editor at the Journal of Small Business Management. He holds a visiting professorship in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School. His research is concerned with the role of entrepreneurship in economic and business development and is funded by funding councils and governments. Two themes dominate his work: innovation and entrepreneurial finance. His principal interest is in understanding how firms (increasingly of all sizes) create and capture value, and how the mechanisms employed variably impact upon performance. Mark works directly with businesses to refine his research projects and to exchange ideas.

Research Areas
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Small Business
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Publications during the last 7 years


  • Deakins, D. and Freel, M. Entrepreneurship and Small Firms. London, UK: McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Chapters in Books

  • 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.
  • Rostamkalaei, A. and Freel, M. Approaches to understanding credit access in small firms. In Saridakis, G.. Handbook of Quantitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship. 2017.
  • Freel, M. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Firms. In de Clercq, D. and Blackburn, R.. The Sage Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Sage, 2016.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Rostamkalaei, A. and Freel, M. 2017. Business advice and lending in small firms. Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, 35(3): 537-555.
  • 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. 2016. The cost of growth: Small firm and the pricing of bank loans. Small Business Economics, 46(2): 255-272.
  • Berchicci, L., de Jong, J.P. and Freel, M. 2016. Remote collaboration and innovative performance: the moderating role of R&D intensity. Industrial and Corporate Change, 25(3): 429-446.
  • Wang, J., Robson, P.J. and Freel, M. 2015. The Financing of Small Firms in Beijing, China: Exploring the Extent of Credit Constraints. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 22(3): 397-416.
  • Freel, M., Robson, P.J. and Jack, S. 2014. Risk capital constraints to innovation in services. Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 29(6): 476-486.
  • Freel, M. and Wiig-Aslesen, H. 2012. Industrial knowledge-bases as drivers of open innovation. Industry and Innovation, 19(7): 563-584.
  • Freel, M., Carter, S., Tagg, S. and Mason, C. 2012. The Latent Demand for Bank Debt: Characterizing 'Discouraged Borrowers'. Small Business Economics, 38(4): 399-418.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Freel, M. 2012. "Intellectual Property Strategies and Challenges in Canadian Technology Firms", Industry Canada.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2017-2020 SSHRC The Fate of High Growth Firms R C PI $ 95,000
2015-2016 Fund for the Development of Academic Initiatives - Destination 2020 proposal The Entrepreneurship Foundry R I PI $ 40,000
2014-2016 Telfer School of Management Open Innovation and Firm Performance R I Co-I $ 4,000
2011-2012 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Understanding the Origins of Canadian Photonics Firms R I Co-I $ 4,000
2011 Industry Canada Strategic behaviour relating to patenting and the effects on Canadian Business R G PI $ 24,900
2008-2012 SSHRC Complexity, Novelty and Innovation Networking in Small Firms R C PI $ 88,919

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

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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