Imperial College London


Business School

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship



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Anu Wadhwa is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London. Prior to joining Imperial College, she was on the faculty at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She received her Ph.D. from the Foster School of Business at University of Washington, Seattle. 

Anu’s research examines patterns and processes of entrepreneurship in established firms, the impact of corporate entrepreneurship on organizational innovation, how entrepreneurial actors make decisions under extreme uncertainty and how pre-entry experience and knowledge impact post-entry innovation choices and outcomes. Her research has been published, or is forthcoming, in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Industrial and Corporate Change. Her work has also appeared in the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and the AoM Best Paper Proceedings.

Anu is a former Associate Editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and is currently on the editorial review board of Strategic Management Journal. She has also served the academic community as an executive committee member of the AOM’s TIM (2008-2010) and BPS (2013-2015) divisions, as a research committee member of the BPS division (2012-2013), a representative-at-large at the Knowledge and Innovation interest group at SMS (2011-2012) and served in the leadership team of the interest group from 2013-2016.



Lahiri A, Wadhwa A, 2020, When do serial entrepreneurs found innovative ventures? Evidence from patent data, Small Business Economics, Vol:57, ISSN:0921-898X, Pages:1973-1993

Wadhwa A, Bodas-Freitas I, Sarkar MB, 2017, The paradox of openness and value protection strategies: effect of extramural R&D on innovative performance, Organization Science, Vol:28, ISSN:1526-5455, Pages:873-893

Colombo MG, Cumming D, Mohammadi A, et al., 2016, Open business models and venture capital finance, Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol:25, ISSN:0960-6491, Pages:353-370

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