Research network

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

Henry Overman

What Works Centre
Research interests: 
Economic Activity Clusters
Evolution of Cities
Causes and Consequences of Urban Sprawl

Henry Overman is professor in Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment and since September 2013, the director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. Previously, Henry directed the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

He has provided policy advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, Department for International Development, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department for Communities and Local Government, and Department for Transport. Henry holds a PhD and an MSc from LSE and a BSc from the University of Bristol.

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.

Nicolai Foss

Bocconi University
Other affiliations: 
Warwick Business School
Research interests: 
the Theory of the Firm

Nicolai Foss is a Professor of Organization Theory and Human Resource Management at the Bocconi University, Milano. 

Educated as an economist from the Copenhagen University (1989), Foss his received his PhD degree from the Copenhagen Business School in 1993, where he has been Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, before he moved to Bocconi University 1 September 2016.  His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science,Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and several other leading journals. He has published books with leading publishers, such as Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Nir Vulkan

Oxford University Saïd Business School
Research interests: 
Market Design
Personality and Financial Decision making

Nir Vulkan is a Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Worcester College, both at the University of Oxford. He is a leading authority on e-commerce and market design, and on applied research and teaching on hedge funds.

Nir is author of one of the leading texts on the microeconomics of e-commerce, The Economics of E-Commerce: A Strategic Guide to Understanding and Designing the Online Marketplace. The book analyses online trading mechanisms and the way in which web-based technologies such as bidding elves, smart agents and shopping bots, influence the behaviour of consumers and retailers. More recently, Nir has edited, with Al Roth and Zvika Neeman, The Handbook of Market Design. The handbook contains a selection of the latest research in the growing field of market design, and draws on Vulkan’s interest and expertise in markets, both virtual and those confined to particular geographical locations. He is particularly interested in how lessons from successful and unsuccessful markets can be learned and transferred to different environments.

Oliver Falck

Ifo Institute
Other affiliations: 
LMU Munich
Research interests: 
Human Capital

Oliver Falck is the Ifo Professor of Empirical Innovation Economics at LMU Munich, Germany, and Director of the Center for Industrial Organization and new Technologies at the Ifo Institute, Germany. He is also the Program Director of CESifo, the world’s second largest, Europe-based research network in economics.

Oliver Falck received his Ph.D. in Economics from Technical University of Freiberg in 2006, and received his Habilitation from LMU in 2011 on innovation and regional economic development.

He has extensive experience in applied innovation and entrepreneurship research and is co-editor of the best-selling Handbook of Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, he has published in leading international journals. He has extensively advised corporates and governments on innovation and growth strategies, and has been principal investigator on various studies for German federal ministries, the local government, foundations and companies for the last ten years.

Patrick Gaule

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Economics of Science and Innovation

Patrick Gaule is applied microeconomist specialized in the economics of science and innovation. He is an assistant professor of economics at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Science.

He holds a PhD from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Harvard and the NBER between 2009 and 2012.

Rajshri Jayaraman

ESMT Berlin
Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Development Economics
Labour Economics
Applied Econometrics

Rajshri (Raji) Jayaraman is an economist whose research examines the role of incentives and networks in fostering student, worker, and firm  performance. The primary aim of her research is bring empirical evidence to bear on policy design and efficacy.

She is Karl-Heinz Kipp Professor of Research at ESMT, where she also serves as faculty lead for the MBA program. Jayaraman received a PhD in economics from Cornell University and a Master’s from Yale University. She has published in the top economics journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economics. 

Rembrand Koning

Harvard Business School
Research interests: 
Social Networks
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Developing Economies
field experiments

Rembrand Koning is an assistant professor of business administration in the Strategy unit at Harvard Business School. He uses field experiments to study how executives and firms can build networks that help them learn from one another, with an eye towards how these networks foster innovation, the emergence of business ecosystems, and growth in developing economies.

He is particularly interested in linking the experimental methods used in his research to growth policy and the practice of innovation.

Rodrigo Canales

Yale University
Research interests: 
Economic Sociology
Economic Development
Institutional Theory
Organisation Theory

Rodrigo Canales is associate professor of Organisational Behaviour at Yale University. He also sits on the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and advises a number of startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms.

Rodrigo researchers the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development with particular attention for the effect of individual’s backgrounds, professional identities and organisations position on existing structures and strategies they pursue to change them.

He also works on microfinance, researching the institutional complexities of renewable energy and the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. Rodrigo holds a PhD from MIT and an MBA from MIT, and a Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Iberoamericana.  He is currently on academic leave, serving as Chief Policy Advisor to the Mexican Embassy in the US.

Santosh Kesavan

Crosslinks Foundation
Research interests: 
Emerging Technologies
Urban Service Delivery
Environmental Sustainability
Digital Inclusion

Santosh is a founder-trustee at Crosslinks Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India with a mission to tackle inter-disciplinary developmental challenges in critical areas such as livelihood generation, social protection, and environmental sustainability. Having started his career as a scientist in a systems analysis laboratory of the Government of India, Santosh has close to twenty years of professional experience in applied research, marketing and public policy work, both in the government and private sector.

Santosh holds an ME in Electrical Communications engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and an MBA from Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Santosh was a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard Kennedy School from 2012-2014.

Sean Carr

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Dynamics
Social Networks
Venture Capital
Financial Crises

Sean Carr is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Executive Director the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital, and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media, and numerous teaching materials.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC; he is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Robert F. Bruner. Previously Sean spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News and CNN. He has earned both a PhD in Management and an MBA from the University of Virginia; an MSc from Columbia University; and a BA from Northwestern University.

Silva Olmo

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Economics of Education
Urban Economics

Olmo Silva is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is currently also Research Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC, LSE), as well as a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP, LSE) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). Prior to this, Olmo was a Marie Curie Fellow at University College London and a Research Officer at the CEP.

He also spent the Autumn Term of 2011 as a Visiting Scholar at the Taubman Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Olmo holds a PhD from the European University (EUI), and a Masters and Bachelors in Economics from Bocconi University.

Sofia Bapna

Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Finance
Gender Issues
Open Innovation
Online Social Networks

Digital innovations are having a significant impact on entrepreneurship, as new ventures are increasingly weaving digital technologies into their business strategies. One stream of my research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources. A more recent stream of my research centers on examining ways in which gender bias can be mitigated in the context of equity crowd funding well as in the context of networking events for IT professionals.

Sofia investigates these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments as wells as rigorous econometric methods.