Research network

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

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.

Adriana Camacho

Universidad de los Andes
Research interests: 
Impact Evaluation of Social Programmes

Adriana Camacho received her Ph.D in Economics from Brown University in 2007. She is an Associate Professor at the Economics Department from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She is the academic advisor for several ongoing projects led by the Direction of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF.

She recently served for the Colombian Government as Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies at the Department of National Planning. She has held visiting research positions at Center for Global Development, World Bank- Latin America Chief Economist office and DIW (Berlin).

She was editor of the Desarrollo y Sociedad Journal and now serves as invited editor for the Latin American Economic Review journal. She has carried out evaluation of social programs and their direct impacts on health and education, as well as its indirect effects on informality, political participation, and crime among others. She has studied the impact of the conflict on health and business activity. Her research has been published in international journals AER-pp, AEJ: Policy, WBER, EDCC, JCR, and The Lancet.  It has been funded by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, IADB, the World Bank, ESRC / DFID and National Planning Department.

Albert Banal-Estañol

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Other affiliations: 
City University
Barcelona GSE
Research interests: 
Corporate Finance
Competition Policy
Market Regulation
Environmental Sciences

Albert Banal-Estañol is Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, programme director of the MSc in Corporate Finance and Banking at the UPF-Barcelona School of Management, affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), and affiliated Reader at City University London.

Previously, he has held teaching and research positions at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Northwestern University in the US, University of Cambridge, UCL, and London Business School in the UK, and the University of Munich in Germany.

Alongside his academic work, Albert has provided consultant advice to merging companies and competition authorities, and has delivered executive training courses for government agencies, regulators and private companies. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, an MSc in Mathematics from Université Paul Sabatier, and a BSc in Mathematics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Albert Bravo-Biosca

Other affiliations: 
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Research interests: 
Financial Markets
Firm Dynamics

Albert is Senior Economist at Nesta, where he has led the development of the Innovation Growth Lab. His prior work has been at the intersection of innovation, growth and finance. He led two of Nesta’s major research programmes in this area, one exploring business growth dynamics and its drivers in the UK and internationally, the other examining the contribution of intangible assets to productivity growth.

Among others, his research has also looked at the drivers of venture capital performance, the linkages between financial institutions and innovative performance, and the effectiveness of innovation policy. Albert holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is guest professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has also been visiting economist at the OECD and consultant for the World Bank.

Albina Khairullina

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Research interests: 
Intellectual Property
Patent Data
Innovative Cycles

Albina has been a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Tucci since September 2016. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Perm State University (Russia) and M.Sc. in Management from HEC Lausanne. Her research focuses on strategic aspects of intellectual property (IP) and IP assessment for companies. Particularly, she is interested in patent data and innovative cycles. In a collaborative form with IP team at Nestlé, she is developing a complex framework for the intellectual management in the context of Open Innovation. As a part of her research, Albina participates in a joint study with prof. Neil Thompson from MIT X-Lab.​


Alessandro Cordova

Bocconi University
Research interests: 
Startup Failure
Startup Growth
Startup Scaling
Startup Teams
Startup Financing

Alessandro Cordova is a PhD candidate in Business Administration at Bocconi University. After obtaining a bachelor degree with summa cum laude in Economics & Management at Bocconi University, where he developed a passion for financial markets, he pursued a Master in Economics at the London School of Economics, where he majored in monetary economics. After his academic experience, he worked for one year as a research assistant at Bocconi University, contributing to the birth and rise of the Action Institute Think Tank (ranked among the top 30 best Think Tanks in the world, by the 2015 think tank global ranking). Today, he focuses his research on entrepreneurship, studying how different entrepreneurial decision making approaches impact startup performance. In particular, after a relevant entrepreneurial experience, Alessandro has decided to focus his PhD studies on investigating the performance effect of a more scientific approach to the launch of a new business.

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.

Alfonso Gambardella

Bocconi University

Alfonso Gambardella is Head of the Management and Technology Department and Full Professor of Management of Innovation at Bocconi University, Milan. He obtained his PhD in 1991 from the Department of Economics of Stanford University. His research focuses on technology strategy. Along with publications in leading international journals, his book, Markets for Technology (with Ashish Arora e Andrea Fosfuri, MIT Press) is widely cited. He is Co‐Editor of the Strategic Management Journal. He has participated in numerous research projects of the European Commission and other research agencies.

Alicia Robb

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Other affiliations: 
University of California Berkeley
University of Colorado Boulder
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Finance

Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Centre for European Economic Research.

The author of two books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles, Robb is a leading expert in small business financing in the United States, participating in SME financing initiatives by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G20 Working Group on SME financing, and the European Central Bank. She also is a leading expert on women and minority entrepreneurship and currently sits on the National Advisory Board for Minority Business Enterprises.

Robb received her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in econometrics and economic development.

Andrew King

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Corporate Innovation

Andrew is a Senior Researcher and PhD Candidate affiliated with Darden’s Batten Institute. He has a particular interest in understanding the cognitive underpinnings driving teams and organisations that persistently innovate and produce unpredictable solutions. His research projects span from high-growth leadership and growing entrepreneurial ecosystems to studying the cognitive factors driving corporate innovation. He has conducted and presented pilot studies measuring the cognitive impacts of innovation training using controlled trials.

His proposed dissertation investigates the evolution of innovation teams that operate using learned entrepreneurial and design thinking logics. Andrew recently co-authored the book “Solving Problems with Design Thinking: 10 Stories of What Works” with Jeanne Liedtka and Kevin Bennett. He is also responsible for managing the Darden & Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference series. Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Sewanee, and an MSc in International Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Arnaldo Camuffo

Bocconi University

Arnaldo Camuffo holds an MBA from MIT and a PhD from the University of Venice. He is Full Professor of Business Organization at Bocconi University where he is also Director of ICRIOS, the Invernizzi Center for Research. He previously taught at theUniversities of Padova and Venice and held visiting professor positions at the Industrial Performance Center at MIT, the School of Management of the University of Michigan, Dearborn and the Universidad Deusto, San Sebastian. Author of several books (the latest being Lean Transformations for Small and Medium Enterprises, New York, CRC-Productivity Press, 2016), his research has appeared, among others, in Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy and the MIT Sloan Management Review. His research focuses on: lean systems, high performance and high sustainability work practices; strategic human resource management, compensation and competency modelling. He serves in the editorial board of European Management Review and the International Journal of Innovation Management.

Asif Mehedi

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 

Asif Mehedi works as a Research Associate in the thought leadership team of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He is a native of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he had worked at development financial institutions and for a non-profit to develop local small and medium-sized businesses.

In the latter role, he partnered with industry associations and promising entrepreneurs to design and execute high-impact growth initiatives which had both social and economic objectives. Asif has an MBA from University of Virginia.

Casper Jørgensen

The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Impact of Intrepreneurship Education

Casper Jørgensenis an economist with skills in measurement the quantitative statistical impact of education in entrepreneurship.

Cédric Schneider

Copenhagen Business School
Other affiliations: 
KU Leuven
Research interests: 
Innovation Policy

Cédric Schneider is an Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, department of Economics. His research focuses on a broad range of questions in the economics of innovation: the financing of innovation, the analysis of innovation using patent data, patent policy, innovation and productivity and innovation in the context of university-industry collaboration.

Chaning Jang

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Other affiliations: 
Princeton University
Research interests: 
Behavioral Economics

Chaning is a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University and the Associate Scientific Director at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. He is interested in the intersections of psychology, behavioral economics and development. Chaning’s current work includes a variety of lab, field, and lab-in-the-field work, primarily in Kenya.

Ongoing work includes RCTs on the effects of lottery savings mechanisms on savings balances, how behavioral interventions affect the take up of micro insurance and the effect of health insurance on stress. Other work includes a number of lab experiments on the effect of stress on economic and social decision-making and the effect of work on subjective wellbeing.  Chaning has a PhD in economics from the University of Hawaii.

Christian Catalini

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research interests: 
Economics of Innovation
Digital Currencies
Scientific Productivity

Christian Catalini is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on crowdfunding, Bitcoin, how proximity affects the recombination of ideas, and the economics of science.

In 2009-10 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard IQSS. He has presented his research on proximity and innovation at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and London Business School. Christian holds a BE in International Markets and New Technologies, and an MSc in Economics and Management of New Technologies from Bocconi University, Milan, and a PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.