Mercedes Delgado

Mercedes Delgado

Associate Professor @ Copenhagen Business School | MIT Innovation Initiative

Mercedes Delgado is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and Research Scientist at the MIT Innovation Initiative.

Delgado’s research focuses on the relationship between the regional business environment and the performance of 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 fellowships and research grants, including 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. More information at

Keynote speech at GEOINNO2020: Wednesday 29th January at 12:40 - 14:10, Energy Hall

The contribution of women to patenting is persistently low. Women are being included in university patenting at slower rates than they are completing STEM PhD programs. At the current rate of change it would take more than 250 years to reach parity in female inventors. Analyzing patents by gender of the inventors, we study the role of organizations (universities and firms), their top inventors, and location as catalysts for increasing the presence of women in patenting.


  • University of Stavanger - Norway


  • Lyse Energi
  • Research Council of Norway
  • stavanger kommune
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