Imperial College London

DrAnneter Wal

Business School

Associate Professor of Technology & Innovation Management



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Anne ter Wal joined the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group in April 2009. Most of his research focuses on the role of social networks in innovation, with a particular emphasis on networks in geographical clusters, and networks of scientists and engineers within and between companies. He also has an interest in the management of creativity, in particular in the role of bootlegging and other deviant forms of creativity in driving innovative outcomes. 

Prior to joining Imperial College, Anne was a doctoral researcher at the Section of Economic Geography at Utrecht University. His doctoral thesis is titled "The structure and dynamics of knowledge networks: a proximity approach".

His work has been published in leading journals in geography, innovation studies and management, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Regional Studies and Industry & Innovation.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ter Wal ALJ, Alexy O, Block J, et al., 2016, The Best of Both Worlds: The Benefits of Open-specialized and Closed-diverse Syndication Networks for New Ventures' Success, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol:61, ISSN:0001-8392, Pages:393-432

Ter Wal ALJ, 2014, The dynamics of the inventor network in German biotechnology: geographic proximity versus triadic closure, Journal of Economic Geography, Vol:14, ISSN:1468-2702, Pages:589-620

Alexy OT, Block JH, Sandner P, et al., 2012, Social capital of venture capitalists and start-up funding, Small Business Economics, Vol:39, ISSN:0921-898X, Pages:835-851

Criscuolo P, Salter A, Ter Wal ALJ, 2014, Going Underground: Bootlegging and Individual Innovative Performance, Organization Science, Vol:25, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:1287-1305

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