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 Management and Entrepreneurship. 

His research, often in collaboration with leading multinational companies as well as start-ups, 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 titled "Networking for Innovation", studying how networking enables entrepreneurs and innovators 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, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Regional Studies and Industry & Innovation.

Anne currently is an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal. He also serves on the editorial review board of the Administrative Science Quarterly and Research Policy. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Gerges-Yammine R, ter Wal A, 2023, Firm exit from open multiparty alliances: The role of social influence, uncertainty, and interfirm imitation in collective technology development, Research Policy, Vol:52, ISSN:0048-7333

ter Wal A, Criscuolo P, McEvily B, et al., 2020, Dual networking: how collaborators network in their quest for innovation, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol:65, ISSN:0001-8392, Pages:887-930

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 JH, et al., 2016, The best of both worlds: The benefits of open-specialized and open-diverse syndication networks for new venture success, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol:61, ISSN:1930-3815, Pages:393-432

Criscuolo P, Salter A, Ter Wal A, 2014, Going underground: Bootlegging and individual innovative performance, Organization Science, Vol:25, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:1287-1305

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

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