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Research interests

My research interests are in the fields of International Business and Innovation. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between internationalization and firms' innovation activities. My current research is on the link between exporting and firm innovation performance.




Assistant Professor with tenure, Tilburg University (Feb. 2013-present)

Assistant Professor, tenure track, Tilburg University (Sept. 2007- Feb.2013)

Research Assistant, IESE Business School, SP-SP Center, Barcelona, Spain (2006-2007)

Instructor, ESCI-Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain (2005, 2006)







Current courses

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  • International Management
  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Business Economics
  • Strategic Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Elena Golovko is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Innovation Engineering & Materials Science
Productivity Engineering & Materials Science
Export markets Business & Economics
Product innovation Business & Economics
Small and medium-sized enterprises Business & Economics
Firm productivity Business & Economics
Process innovation Business & Economics
Learning by exporting Business & Economics

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Research Output 2010 2018

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution

Internationalization, innovation, and productivity

Cassiman, B. & Golovko, E., 2018, The Oxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis. Grifell-Tatjé, E., Lovell, C. A. K. & Sickles, R. C. (eds.). NY: Oxford University Press, p. 438-362 (Oxford Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Organizing for Innovation

Eckblad, J. & Golovko, E., Jan 2016, In : Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business. 1, 1, p. 15-37

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Knowledge sourcing
Sourcing strategy
Technology development

Exploitative learning by exporting

Golovko, E. & Bento, C. L., Jan 2015, Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management, Vol. 2015. 18224. (Academy of Management Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Learning by exporting
Investment decision
Firm productivity
New markets

Selective learning‐by‐exporting: Firm size and product versus process innovation

Golovko, E. & Valentini, G., Aug 2014, In : Global Strategy Journal. 4, 3, p. 161-180

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Process innovation
Firm size
Export markets
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Product innovation

Exploring the complementarity between innovation and export for SMEs growth

Golovko, E. & Valentini, G., 2011, In : Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). 42, 3, p. 362-380

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Small and medium-sized enterprises
Export markets