Imperial College London

Dr Llewellyn D W Thomas

Business School

Visiting Professor



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Dr Llewellyn Thomas is Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School and an Associate Professor at LaSalle Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona. His research interests lie in the co-evolutionary processes that lead to successful innovations and entrepreneurship. He focuses on technology strategy with a particular interest in ecosystem creation, evolution and dynamics in digital economy contexts.

Before joining Imperial College, he founded a number of companies, as well as being a management consultant specialising in competitive and operational strategy in financial services contexts, both for his own consultancy, and as information strategy lead at the consultants BearingPoint UK. Previous to venturing into management consultancy he was Product Strategy Director EMEA at Hummingbird, a Canadian multinational software company, and Solutions Director at Valid Information Systems, an information management software company based in London, UK.

Llewellyn has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College Business School. He also has an MBA with Distinction majoring in Finance & Strategy from Cass Business School London, an Honours Degree in Law majoring in jurisprudence and litigation, and an Honours Degree in Arts majoring in geography, both from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Koutroumpis P, Leiponen A, Thomas LDW, 2020, Small is big in ICT: The impact of R&D on productivity, Telecommunications Policy, Vol:44, ISSN:0308-5961

Snihur Y, Thomas LDW, Burgelman RA, 2018, An ecosystem-level process model of business model disruption: The disruptor's gambit, Journal of Management Studies, Vol:55, ISSN:0022-2380, Pages:1278-1316

Autio ET, Nambisan S, Thomas L, et al., 2017, Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol:12, ISSN:1932-443X, Pages:72-95

Koutroumpis P, Leiponen A, Thomas LDW, 2017, How Important Is IT?, Communications of the ACM, Vol:60, ISSN:0001-0782, Pages:62-68

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


Autio E, Thomas L, 2018, Tilting the playing field: Towards an endogenous strategic action theory of ecosystem creation, Open Innovation, Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship: Issues and Perspectives, Editor(s): Nambisan, World Scientific Publishing, Pages:111-140

Snihur Y, Thomas LDW, Burgleman RA, 2018, The performative power of words: How business model innovators use framing for strategic advantage, Innovation and Cognition, Editor(s): Brusoni, Sund, Galavan, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Autio E, Thomas LDW, 2014, Innovation Ecosystems: Implications for Innovation Management, The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management, Editor(s): Dodgson, Gann, Phillips, Oxford University Press, ISBN:9780199694945

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