Department of Strategy and Innovation

Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-2.64

Mercedes Delgado is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and Research Scientist at the MIT Innovation Initiative. She serves as Senior Institute Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Delgado’s research focuses on the relationship between the regional business environment and the performance of inventors, firms, regions, and countries. She examines the role of regional clusters—geographic concentrations of related industries, firms, and supporting institutions —in job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusivity, and resilience. Delgado has developed new methods for defining and mapping industry clusters and the supply chain economy, providing tools to help firms, practitioners, and policymakers create regional and national strategies. In recent work she explores the interaction between firm location choices through the value chain and firm performance. Delgado’s work has been published in top economic, policy, and strategy journals. She has received a number of prestigious research fellowships and grants, including a PhD fellowship from Fundación Rafael del Pino and a recent National Science Foundation grant on Mapping the Inventor Gender Gap. She served as a lead researcher on the US Cluster Mapping Project: Mapping a Nation of Regional Clusters.

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Mercedes Delgado; Fiona E. Murray / Mapping the Regions, Organizations and Individuals that Drive Inclusion in the Innovation Economy
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
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Mercedes Delgado; Karen G. Mills / The Supply Chain Economy : New Policies to Drive Innovation and Jobs.
In: Economía Industrial, No. 421, 2021, p. 71-78
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John Harrison; Mercedes Delgado; Ben Derudder; Isabelle Anguelovski; Sergio Montero; David Bailey; Lisa De Propris / Pushing Regional Studies beyond Its Borders
In: Regional Studies, Vol. 54, No. 1, 1.2020, p. 129-139
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Mercedes Delgado / The Co-location of Innovation and Production in Clusters
In: Industry and Innovation, Vol. 27, No. 8, 10.2020, p. 842-870
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Mercedes Delgado; J. Daniel Kim; Karen Mills / The Servicification of the U.S. Economy : The Role of Startups versus Incumbent Firm.
Paper presented at The Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Economic Growth, 2020
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Mercedes Delgado; Karen G. Mills / The Supply Chain Economy : A New Industry Categorization for Understanding Innovation in Services.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 49, No. 8, 10.2020
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Mercedes Delgado; Myriam Mariani; Fiona E. Murray / The Role of Location on the Inventor Gender Gap : Women are Geographically Constrained.
Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, 2019
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