Imperial College London

Dr Llewellyn D W Thomas

Business School

Visiting Professor







Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Llewellyn Thomas is an Associate Professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona and Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School. His research interests lie in the co-evolutionary processes that lead to successful innovation, with a particular interest in ecosystem creation, evolution and dynamics in digital economy contexts.

Before joining academia, 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

Burgelman RA, Snihur Y, Thomas LDW, 2022, Why Multibusiness Corporations Split: CEO Strategizing as the Ecosystem Evolves, Journal of Management, Vol:48, ISSN:0149-2063, Pages:2108-2151

Snihur Y, Thomas L, Garud R, et al., 2022, Entrepreneurial framing: a literature review and future research directions, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol:46, ISSN:1042-2587, Pages:578-606

Thomas LDW, Ritala P, 2022, Ecosystem Legitimacy Emergence: A Collective Action View, Journal of Management, Vol:48, ISSN:0149-2063, Pages:515-541

Koutroumpis P, Leiponen A, Thomas LDW, 2020, Markets for data, Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol:29, ISSN:0960-6491, Pages:645-660

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., 2018, Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol:12, ISSN:1932-443X, Pages:72-95

Thomas LDW, Autio E, Gann DM, 2014, Architectural leverage: putting platforms in context, The Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol:28, ISSN:1079-5545, Pages:198-219


Thomas LDW, Autio E, 2020, Innovation Ecosystems in Management: An Organizing Typology, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Business and Management, Editor(s): Aldag, Oxford University Press

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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