Imperial College London

Professor David Gann CBE

Business School

Emeritus Professor of Innovation and Technology Management



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David Gann'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. His research also focuses on innovation in the digital economy, including smart cities, and new business models.

As the founding Head of the Imperial College Business School's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department, David built a portfolio of research in collaboration with large and small firms, including including IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Citigroup, Finmeccanica, Arup and BP. The Group is consistently ranked in the top tier worldwide by the FT, and under David's leadership from 2003 to 2013, has been awarded over £65million in research funding. During this time, David co-founded multi-disciplinary initiatives such as: the Digital Economy Lab, a cross-faculty portal, connecting activities in the Digital Economy space across Imperial, which David leads; Digital City Exchange, a cross-faculty 5-year smart cities project at Imperial, funded by Research Councils UK; and Design London, a centre for design-led innovation and collaboration between Imperial and the Royal College of Art.

From 2003 to 2013, David directed the Innovation Studies Centre (ISC) - a ten-year EPSRC-funded programme conducting multi-disciplinary research on the innovation process in the science and engineering industries, from knowledge creation to commercialisation. The ISC final report showcases the major impact the programme has had on policy and practice.

David leads the Imperial College Business School's executive programmes on innovation for business leaders at IBM, Laing O'Rourke, Vodafone, Total, Finmeccanica, Citigroup, Arup and the Royal Society.