Research network

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

Alessandro Maffioli

Inter-American Development Bank
Other affiliations: 
Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
Research interests: 
International Development

Alessandro Maffioli is a Principal Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he coordinates the unit’s work on impact evaluation in the area of production development and credit. During his ten-year experience at the IDB, Alessandro has coordinated several impact evaluations of projects in the areas of agricultural development, science and technology, SMEs’ productivity and access to credit.

Prior to joining the IDB in 2004, Alessandro spent five years at the Center for Research on Latin American and Transition Economies (ISLA) of Bocconi University, where he focused his research on economics of innovation and regional economics. Alessandro holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Production and Development the University of Insubria, Italy. Since 2012, Alessandro is adjunct assistant professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy of the Georgetown University.

Leonardo Iacovone

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Economic Development
Firm-level Dynamics

Leonardo Iacovone is a Lead Economist at World Bank's Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. He is engaged in analytical, operational and impact evaluation work in the areas of microeconomic determinants of growth, related to innovation and
entrepreneurship. His research has been published in various journals such as Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, World Development, World Economy and Industrial and Corporate Change.

Leonardo is currently working in various African countries (Guinea-Bissau, Togo, Senegal, Ethiopia) as well as various Latin American ones (Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay) and Russia. Before joining the Bank, he worked as Consultant in Latin America and Southern Africa for UNDP, WTO, UNIDO, USAID and EU. Additionally, before his PhD, Leonardo had been working in Mozambique as ODI Fellow for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development (Unit for Development of Private Sector and Commercial Agriculture) and as Adviser for the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Leonardo was trained at Bocconi University of Milan, Italy, University Torquato di Tella of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds a PhD from University of Sussex.

Linda Hickman

Research interests: 
Business Strategy

Dr Linda Hickman is an entrepreneur, educator, mentor, author, Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, and founder of Hickman & Associates based in London. A graduate of Stanford University, a Silicon Valley and European network supports her mentoring and consulting. 

Her entrepreneurial experience in opening new businesses and markets in over 37 countries at Oracle during its rapid growth period led to her role at Royal Dutch Shell where she was responsible for the launch of a multi-million dollar software company. Her strategy consulting includes clients such as CERN, Apple, Siebel, Schlumberger, MoD, Ministries of Finance, Ford, Mazda and Unilever. At LSE Linda teaches entrepreneurship to MSc students and is a Mentor at Startupbootcamp accelerators. 

Linda’s current research interests are entrepreneurship, startup accelerators, business models, Design Thinking and value chain strategies. Research and business publishers include Wiley, Cambridge Press and Pearson.   

Linus Dahlander

ESMT Berlin
Research interests: 

Linus Dahlander is an associate professor at ESMT Berlin.

His research investigates how new ideas and innovations are developed in networks and communities.

The ongoing projects use large-scale analysis of networks, and which is integrated with a deeper appreciation for what content flows through networks.

Lynn Wu

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Research interests: 
Social Media
Social Networks
Information Worker Productivity
Viral Marketing

Lynn Wu is an assistant professor at the Wharton School. She is interested in studying how information and information technology impact the productivity of information workers, organisation and broad sectors of economy. Specifically, her work follows three streams. In the first stream, she studies how social networks and information derived from social networks affect individuals’ performance and long-term career trajectories.

In her second stream of research, she examines the role of investment in IT and complementary organisational practices to explain how firms can achieve greater business value from IT. In her third stream, Lynn leverages fine-grained nanodata available through online digital traces to predict economic indicators such as real estate trends, labour trends and product adoption.

Marc König

Bwcon GmbH
Other affiliations: 
IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Research interests: 
Strategic Management
Technology Management

Marc König is Head of Coaching and Finance at bwcon GmbH, a service provider for ventures driving innovation. Main activities include innovation management as well as founder support and consulting. The Coaching and Finance team is in charge of bwcon’s incubation and acceleration process and supports entrepreneurs along the innovation process from their first business idea to founding their own company. Alongside his job at bwcon, Marc serves in the Assessment Committee of KIC InnoEnergy Germany. 

Marc holds his undergraduate degree and his Master of Arts in Service Marketing from Pforzheim University. Since 2013, he is involved in research activities at the IST Institute as an integral part of a cooperation between IST and bwcon. In 2014, Marc became an external PhD candidate at the NITIM doctoral program ( supervised by Guido Baltes. His research focuses on ventures’ external value network maturity as an indicator for their survival and growth.

Marco Kleine

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Research interests: 
Experimental and Behavioral Economics
Innovation Research
Law and Economics
personnel economics

Marco is currently working as a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. Between 2011 and 2014, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Jena in 2015.

By applying experimental economics methods, Marco pursues projects at the intersection of innovation research, behavioral economics, law and economics and personnel economics. His work in innovation research ranges from the role of incentives for creativity to the institutional design of patent examination processes. It includes a RCT on the effect of innovation vouchers for innovation activities of small and medium-sized entities in the UK.

Mark Schankerman

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Intellectual Property Rights
Industrial Economics
Emerging Economies

Mark Schankerman is Professor in Economics at the London School of Economics, Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, and Research Fellow at the CEPR. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was Research Associate at the NBER for ten years. He was Director of Policy Research and Advisor to the Chief Economist at the EBRD from 1995-2003, has worked at the World Bank on Africa, and has extensive consultancy experience in the private and public sectors.

He is widely published in scientific journals on patents, innovation, university technology transfer, productivity, open source software, and emerging economies. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Industrial Economics and was an editor of several journals. His book, The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development (MIT Press, 2010, with Josh Lerner) was reviewed in The Economist (13 January 2011). In 2010-11 he was on the Panel of Experts for HMG Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth.

Marti Mestieri

Northwestern University
Research interests: 
Economic Growth and Development
International Trade

Marti Mestieri holds a PhD in economics from MIT. He joined Toulouse School of Economics as an assistant professer after graduating. Since September 2015, he is an assistant professor at the Northwestern University economics department.

Martina Vojtkova

NatCen Social Research
Other affiliations: 
Campbell Collaboration
Research interests: 
Randomised Controlled Trials
Evidence Mapping
Business Growth Support
Behaviour Change Interventions
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Poverty Reduction
International Development

Martina is Head of NatCen’s Evaluation team where she oversees NatCen’s evaluation work and leads on the design of experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations and feasibility studies.

She also leads NatCen’s systematic review and evidence mapping work and the design of other evidence synthesis projects. She is experienced in mixed methods impact evaluation approaches, logic model and theory of change work, and process evaluation methods.

Martina also currently holds the role of associate editor for the Campbell Collaboration.

In her prior roles at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, she conducted research projects evaluating the effectiveness of government policies and programmes implemented in low- and middle-income countries in the areas of education, poverty reduction, agriculture, public health and women’s empowerment.
Martina is also experienced in coordinating and quality assuring research commissioned by various international donors and advising on strategic use of evidence to inform decision making.

Matthew Regele

Yale University
Research interests: 
Institutional Economics
Management Theory

Matthew Regele is currently a PhD student in Organisations & Management at the Yale School of Management. His main research interests include innovation and growth in small and medium-sized established companies, as well the sociological underpinnings of business strategy.

Matt is drawn to multi-method research designs that begin with hypotheses developed via inductive, qualitative research and that end with empirical tests of these hypotheses via quantitative methods such as field experiments. Currently, he is working on the first stage of such a project, in which he is examining innovation and growth in Connecticut manufacturers. Matthew also holds a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Babson College.

Max Nathan

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Economic Development
Policy Evaluation

Max Nathan is Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, Research Fellow at the Spatial Economics Research Centre and Senior Research Fellow at NIESR. He is also an affiliated Research Fellow at IZA. Max has over 13 years of experience in UK think tanks, consultancy, and public policy.

Most recently he worked at the Department of Communities as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser. Before this he co-founded the Centre for Cities think tank, and ran the Centre's research programme for its first three years. Max holds a PhD in Economic Geography and Spatial Economics from LSE, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from LSE, and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Michael Leatherbee

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship Policies

Professor Leatherbee leverages more than a decade of practical entrepreneurship experience to inspire his research agenda. During his doctoral studies at Stanford University, he specialized in the phenomena underlying innovation and developed the skills to design experiments to identify the causal effects of policies aimed at influencing value creation. He is particularly interested in uncovering the antecedents of innovation and identifying ways to drive them. 

Leatherbee is the Academic Director of EPIC Lab (Evidence-based Innovation Policy Research Lab) and AUKAN, the innovation management-consulting arm of the School of Engineering at Universidad Católica de Chile. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Start-Up Chile and the Chile-California Council.

Michael Lenox

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

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. 

Neil Thompson

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research interests: 
Randomized controlled trials in Innovation and Strategy
Moore’s Law and Cloud Computing
CRISPR Biotech and Research Tools
Executing on Innovation in Business and Academia
Neil Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before that Thompson did his PhD in Business and Public Policy at Berkeley, where he also did Masters degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. He also has a masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and International Development.
Prior to academia, Thompson worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.

Nicholas Bloom

Stanford University
Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Managerial Economics
Organisational Economics

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and a Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company.

His work has been covered in a range of media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the EIB economics prize, the Frisch Medal, the Kauffman Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from UCL.

On the personal side he is English, living with his Scottish wife and American kids in Stanford, in a multi-lingual English household.