Research network

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

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.

Jana Gallus

UCLA Anderson School of Management
Other affiliations: 
Harvard Crowd Innovation Lab
Research interests: 
Recognition Schemes
Open Innovation
field experiments
Behavioural Economics

Jana is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Anderson. She joined UCLA from Harvard, where she was a post-doctoral fellow. Jana received her PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, with the distinction summa cum laude, and holds two Master's degrees, from Sciences Po Paris in France and the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Jeremy Shapiro

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Research interests: 
Economic Development
Behavioral Economics
Applied Policy Research

Jeremy Shapiro holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has conducted research as a Post Doctoral Associate and Associate Research Scholar at Yale and Princeton Universities. His research focuses on economic development and behavioral economics, including multiple impact evaluations in India, the Philippines, South Africa, Kenya and Peru.

Jeremy is a co-founder and former director of GiveDirectly - an organization making direct cash transfers to low-income households in East Africa via mobile money technology. He is also President of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, which conducts novel research in decision science and provides advisory services to the private, public and non-profit sectors.

John Van Reenen

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Industrial Organisation
Competition Policy

John Van Reenen is Professor of economics at the London School of Economics, and Director of the Centre of Economic Performance since 2003. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists.

In 2009 John was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, which is given to the best economist under the age of 45 “who has made a contribution that is significant to economics in Europe”. Van Reenen’s numerous works have had a particular focus on causes and consequences of innovation.

Most recently, his work has investigated how to increase management quality and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to 10 Downing Street, the UK Secretary of State for Health and the European Commission. John received his BA from the University of Cambridge, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his PhD from University College London.

Josh Lerner

Harvard University
Research interests: 
Private Equity
Venture Capital

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit. He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy.

Lerner founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a non-profit devoted to encouraging access to data and research about venture capital and private equity, and serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Investing. His research focuses mostly on venture capital, private equity, innovation policies and the impact they have on firm strategies.

Among other recognitions, he is the winner of the Swedish government’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award.  Lerner graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology and he holds a PhD from Harvard’s Economics Department.

Juan Mateos-Garcia

Other affiliations: 
University of Brighton
Research interests: 
Organisation of Innovation
Economics of Data Information and Knowledge
Creative Industries
Creative Economy

Juan is an Economics Research Fellow at Nesta in the Creative Economy team for Policy and Research. His current work includes a programme of research around the impacts of big data and analytics on innovation and growth, and their implications for policy and management practice. He is also using new web-based sources to understand emerging industries and innovation activities, with a recent application to mapping the UK games industry.

Previously, Juan worked on Next Gen, an independent review of skills for the UK video games and visual effects industries, and A Manifesto for the Creative Economy among other projects. Before joining Nesta, Juan was a researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, and CENTRIM at the University of Brighton. He remains a Visiting Fellow in CENTRIM.   Juan has a background in economics, and an MSc (with distinction) in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU.

Kåre Moberg

The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
Other affiliations: 
Young Enterprise
Copenhagen Business School
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship Education
Programme Evaluation
Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)

Kåre Moberg, PhD is working as a researcher at the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship – Young Enterprise. He has been researching the effects of different kinds of entrepreneurship education at all educational levels in Denmark – from ABC to PhD. Kåre was the leading researcher in the ASTEE project where he, in collaboration with fifteen national partners developed and tested survey designs for impact analysis of entrepreneurship education at primary, secondary and tertiary level of education.

He previously worked as a project manager for the Øresund University and has helped to develop and launch several programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation. As a researcher at the Foundation Kåre analyse the short and long term effects of training in entrepreneurship, and how we can improve education in the topic.  

Karim Lakhani

Harvard University
Other affiliations: 
Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Research interests: 
Distributed Innovation
Open Source
Technological Innovation
Technology Strategy

Karim R. Lakhani is the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Principal Investigator of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities.

His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. He has extensively studied the emergence of open source software communities and their unique innovation and product development strategies. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. Currently Lakhani is investigating incentives and behaviour in contests and the mechanisms behind scientific team formation through field experiments on the TopCoder platform and the Harvard Medical School.

Lakhani holds a PhD in management and an MSc in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University.

Laura Rosendahl Huber

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship Education
experimental economics
Economics of Education
Organizational Economics

Laura Rosendahl Huber holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.

Her primary fields of research are Entrepreneurship, Economics of Education and Organizational Economics. In her research she strives to answer research questions that have practical and/or policy relevant implications. Her current research consists of several field experiments that are applied to study different topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. For example, one of her research projects, which is conducted in close collaboration with IGL, studies the effectiveness of an Innovation Voucher program to stimulate innovation activities of SMEs.

Other examples of research projects study the effect of entrepreneurship education in a European context, and investigate how interaction with entrepreneurial role models affects students’ entrepreneurial competencies, attitudes and intentions.

Leonardo Iacovone

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

Leonardo has been working for the World Bank since 2006. Since joining he  has been working  in the Development Research Group and in the Financial and Private Sector Development Unit of the Africa Region.  Currently Leonardo is a Senior Economist with the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Global Practice.

In the last few years his work has focused on Latin America (in particular Mexico and Colombia) and Africa, but in the past he has also worked on East Asia (i.e. Indonesia) and ECA (i.e. Russia). Before joining the World Bank Leonardo worked as a consultant in Latin America and Southern Africa for the UNDP, WTO, UNIDO, USAID and EU. Leonardo was trained at Bocconi University, University Torquato di Tella, and received a PhD in Economics 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.