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Elena Mas Tur is an assistant professor at the Technology, Innovation & Society group of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her main research lines include mathematical models of innovation, simulation models of diffusion, complex networks and patentometrics.

The main subjects/topics covered by Elena’s research:

  • Simulation models in complex networks: of knowledge creation through collaboration, of knowledge diffusion through word-of-mouth with social reinforcement, of motivations for prosocial behavior (altruism/reciprocity), etc.
  • Patent citations as indicators of technological relevance of inventions, and in particular the problems they present when used for this purpose

A number of Elena’s key findings:

  • The more you hear something from different people, the more likely you are to believe it
  • Patent citations do not always work to identify technological relevance
  • Sometimes it may appear as if collaboration helps to create knowledge, but it is actually reverse causality: the high performers attract collaborators.

Academic background

Elena Mas Tur obtained her PhD in Innovation Studies from Utrecht University, in 2016. She also holds degrees in Mathematics and Statistics as well as an MSc in Industrial Economics. She is a member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and a member of the International Schumpeter Society.

Elena is also a Broman Scholar at the School of Business, Economics and Law of the University of Gothenburg. Here she carries out a research project entitled ‘Academic Sleeping Beauties: Academic breakthrough innovations with delayed recognition.’ This examines the causes and consequences of delayed recognition for breakthrough inventions, such as important patents that do not receive attention in the early stages of their lifetime. Elena has also received several awards: Best Student of Statistics, Best Student of Industrial Economics and the EU-SPRI Forum PhD Circulation Award.

External positions

Broman Scholar, Chalmers University of Technology

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patent Social Sciences
examiner Social Sciences
Reinforcement Mathematics
network analysis Social Sciences
applicant Social Sciences
Contagion Mathematics
geography Social Sciences
Computing Mathematics

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2012 2020

  • 42 Citations
  • 8 Article
  • 5 Paper
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Phd Thesis 4 Research NOT TU/e / Graduation NOT TU/e)

Cultural transmission and persistence of entrepreneurship

Olcina, G., Tur, E. M. & Escriche, L., 2020, In : Small Business Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cultural transmission

Theories for computing prosocial behavior

Costantini, A., Scalco, A., Sartori, R., Tur, E. M. & Ceschi, A., Apr 2019, In : Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences. 23, 2, p. 297-313 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Stochastic models
Dynamic models
Mathematical models
Agent-based Modeling
1 Citation (Scopus)

University-industry scientific production and the Great Recession

Azagra-Caro, J. M., Tijssen, R. J. W., Tur, E. M. & Yegros-Yegros, A., 1 Feb 2019, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 139, p. 210-220 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Great Recession
5 Citations (Scopus)

Diffusion with social reinforcement: The role of individual preferences

Mas Tur, E. M., Zeppini, P. & Frenken, K., 6 Feb 2018, In : Physical Review E. 97, 2, 9 p., 022302 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Random Networks
Social Networks
30 Downloads (Pure)

Examiner trust in applicants to the European Patent Office: country specificities

Azagra-Caro, J. M. & Tur, E. M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Scientometrics. 117, 3, p. 1319–1348

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2016 2018

  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Contributed talk
  • 1 Invited talk

Nano Sleeping Beauties: Nanotechnology breakthrough innovations with delayed recognition

Elena Mas Tur (Speaker)
1 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Broman Scholarship Introduction

Elena Mas Tur (Invited speaker)
29 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Scientometrics (Journal)

Elena Mas Tur (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

European Management Review (Journal)

Elena Mas Tur (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific