Imperial College London


Central FacultyOffice of the President

Vice President (Innovation)



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David Gann CBE CEng FICE FCGI is Imperial College's Vice President, leading Innovation. He is a member of the College's Executive Board.

David is an accomplished academic, university leader, strategist and advocate, renowned for his work on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology management. His research spans strategy, management science and systems engineering. His distinctive strength is in building relationships proactively and internationally, to connect ideas, research and solutions with substantial funding between academia, business and government.

He plays a central role in developing the vision, strategy and innovation agenda for Imperial College's 25-acre White City Campus and the development of new ventures such as Imperial College ThinkSpace, increasing and diversifying the College's income.

In 2015 he led a review of Imperial's Technology, Transfer, Translation and Collaboration activities, Pathways to Societal Impact.

David was previously Deputy Principal, Imperial College Business SchoolDavid is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College Business School and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. He has a PhD in Industrial Economics, is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.

David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering. He is the recipient of the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award, for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences. 


Executive Officer (Maternity Leave): Dr Claire Thorne

Executive Officer: Dr Ling Ge

Executive Assistant: Virginia Harris


David's main research interest is innovation: exploring why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in, and how it can be managed. He is a Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department of Imperial College Business School.



Imperial's new WHITE CITY CAMPUS





Selected Publications

Journal Articles

DeBarro T, MacAulay S, Davies A, et al., 2015, Mantra to method: lessons from managing innovation on Crossrail, UK, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, Vol:168, ISSN:0965-089X, Pages:171-178

Dodgson M, Gann D, MacAulay S, et al., 2015, Innovation strategy in new transportation systems: The case of Crossrail, Transportation Research Part A - Policy and Practice, Vol:77, ISSN:0965-8564, Pages:261-275

Dahlander L, O'Mahony S, Gann DM, 2016, ONE FOOT IN, ONE FOOT OUT: HOW DOES INDIVIDUALS' EXTERNAL SEARCH BREADTH AFFECT INNOVATION OUTCOMES?, Strategic Management Journal, Vol:37, ISSN:0143-2095, Pages:280-302

Thomas LDW, Autio E, Gann DM, 2014, ARCHITECTURAL LEVERAGE: PUTTING PLATFORMS IN CONTEXT, Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol:28, ISSN:1558-9080, Pages:198-219

Parmar R, Mackenzie I, Cohn D, et al., 2014, The New Patterns of Innovation, Harvard Business Review, Vol:92, ISSN:0017-8012, Pages:86-+

Dodgson M, Gann DM, Phillips N, 2013, Organizational Learning and the Technology of Foolishness: The Case of Virtual Worlds at IBM, Organization Science, Vol:24, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:1358-1376

Gann D, Salter A, Dodgson M, et al., 2012, Inside the World of the Project Baron, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol:53, ISSN:1532-9194, Pages:63-+

Dahlander L, Gann DM, 2010, How open is innovation?, Research Policy, Vol:39, ISSN:0048-7333, Pages:699-709

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