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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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Research Output

  • 48 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., 1 Jan 2020, In : Small Business Economics. 54, 1, p. 155-172 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 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

  • 1 Citation (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
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    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 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 39 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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

    European Management Review (Journal)

    Elena Mas Tur (Peer reviewer)

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

    Scientometrics (Journal)

    Elena Mas Tur (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Student theses

    Bundling as an ecosystem value proposition for an incumbent retail group

    Author: de Bruin, C., 31 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Sadowski, B. M. (Supervisor 1), Tur, E. M. (Supervisor 2) & Raiteri, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Operationalizing servitization using trademark indicators: a quantitative study of service theories

    Author: Irausquin, C., 31 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Tur, E. M. (Supervisor 1), Castaldi, C. (Supervisor 2) & Alkemade, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master