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Associate Professor



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Paola Criscuolo is deputy head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department. Paola’s research focuses on the transfer of knowledge across both individuals and firms, on open innovation and on the strategic use of patents. She supervises PhD students in all these areas and she is interested in supervising new doctoral students.

Her research has been published in international academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Research Policy, and in practitioner journals such as California Management Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. Her recent publication "Evaluating novelty: the role of panels in the selection of R&D projects" with Linus Dahlander, Thorsten Grohsjean and Ammon Salter won the 2016 Jürgen Hauschildt Award for the best research publication in innovation management, awarded by the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship section of the VHB- German Academic Association for Business Research and it won the 2016 EBS Business School Best Paper Award in Innovation Management. Her paper, “Does IP strategy has to cripple open innovation?”, with Oliver Alexy and Ammon Salter, won the 2010 EBS Business School Best Paper Award in Innovation Management and her paper, Managing unsolicited ideas for R&D” with Oliver Alexy and Ammon Salter, was shortlisted for the same award in 2011. She has also been shortlisted for best paper in both the TIM Division and the MDC division at the Academy of Management.

Paola is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Journal and of the Editorial Advisory Board of Industry and Innovation.

Paola teaches Innovation Management both at undergraduate and MSc level, and quantitative research methods at the PhD level. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Best Teaching for Postgraduates Award. She is a member of the School’s Education Committee and co-ordinator of the PhD programme for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department.

Before joining Imperial, Paola was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. She holds a PhD in the Economics of Technological Change from the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and a BA in Economics cum laude from the University of Siena.


Education / Qualifications

BA in Economics from the faculty of Scienze Economiche e Bancarie of the University of Siena in 1998. Dissertation, supervised by Prof. A. Vercelli and Prof. F. Coricelli, on "The diffusion of technology as a condition for the convergence process: a possible synthesis between neo-classical models and the technological gap approach"

MSc in International Economics and Finance at the Catholic University of Milan in August 1999

MSc in Economics at Warwick University in September 1999 sponsored by a fellowship from the Einaudi Foundation. Dissertation, supervised by Prof. Stephen Broadberry, on "An endogenous growth accounting analysis of the Asian miracle"

D. Phil. in Economics of Technological Change from the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), part of the University of Maastricht in December 2004 partly funded by a Marco Fanno fellowship from Mediocredito Centrale and a Marie Curie fellowship from the European Commission. Thesis, supervised by Prof. Bart Verspagen and Prof. Rajneesh Narula on "R&D Internationalisation and Knowledge Transfer. Impact on MNEs and their Home Countries"



Criscuolo P, Dahlander L, Groshjean T, et al., The biases that keep good R&D projects from getting funded, Harvard Business Review

Criscuolo P, Laursen K, Reichstein T, et al., 2018, Winning combinations: search strategies and innovativeness in the UK, Industry and Innovation, Vol:25, ISSN:1366-2716, Pages:115-143

Criscuolo P, Dahlander L, Grohsjean T, et al., 2017, EVALUATING NOVELTY: THE ROLE OF PANELS IN THE SELECTION OF R&D PROJECTS, Academy of Management Journal, Vol:60, ISSN:0001-4273, Pages:433-460

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

Salter A, Ter Wal ALJ, Criscuolo P, et al., 2015, Open for Ideation: Individual-Level Openness and Idea Generation in R&D, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol:32, ISSN:0737-6782, Pages:488-504

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