Imperial College London

DrAnneter Wal

Business School

Associate Professor of Technology & Innovation Management



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Anne ter Wal joined Imperial College Business School in 2009 and is Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management in the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Anne is also affiliated as Senior Researcher to ETH Zurich.  

His research, often in collaboration with leading multinational companies, focuses on the role of networks in innovation and entrepreneurship. Specifically, Anne studies how individuals access new knowledge and ideas through networks within and between organizations and the challenges they face when seeking to apply these ideas to the creation of novel products and services. He leads a large-scale EU-funded research project into entrepreneurial networking, studying how networking enables entrepreneurs to build valuable networks that help them achieve business and innovation success. 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 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, Criscuolo P, Salter A, 2017, Making a marriage of materials: The role of gatekeepers and shepherds in the absorption of external knowledge and innovation performance, Research Policy, Vol:46, ISSN:0048-7333, Pages:1039-1054

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

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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