Research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

Michael Lenox

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Business Studies
Innovation
Leadership

Professor Lenox is the Samuel L. Slover Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he serves as Associate Dean and Academic Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Professor Lenox received his PhD in Technology Management and Policy from MIT and his Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has served on the faculty at Duke and NYU and as a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and IMD.

Professor Lenox’s primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. His interest is in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in economic growth and firm competitive success. He has been recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute, as top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society, and as a top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. 

Xavier Cirera

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Trade Policy
Development Economics
Innovation
Entrepreneurship

Xavier Cirera is an economist in the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ITE) unit in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. He has more than 10 years’ experience working in different areas of trade and competitiveness in developing countries; mainly entrepreneurship, innovation, firm level dynamics, trade policy and competitiveness and firm level dynamics. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Research Fellow at the institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. His current work at ITE spans over different areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. These include supporting innovation policy programmes in Kenya, Colombia or Kazakhstan, and impact evaluations of women entrepreneurship programmes in Pakistan and Nigeria, or innovation programmes in the Western Balkans.   

Yael Hochberg

Rice University
Other affiliations: 
MIT Sloan
NBER
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Venture Capital

Professor Hochberg is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. 

Her research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S. Prior to her appointment at Rice, Prof. Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and most recently was a visiting faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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