Imperial College London


Business School

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship



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Markus is head of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department and academic director of the Imperial Enterprise Lab. He is also the director of the Entrepreneurial Journey, our school's experiential start-up programme across all on-site MBA programmes. 

In his research, Markus focuses on several areas. First, he studies science-based organizations and science-based entrepreneurship. He has a particular interest in the interface between the world of academic science and industry, and special hybrid organizations that can bridge both worlds. Second, he is interested in social valuation, i.e. how individuals, firms and products are evaluated by others and how this process is affected by biases and pre-conceptions. Third, Markus studies entrepreneurship within corporations; for instance, he is currently working on why individuals within large organizations decide to found start-up companies.    

Markus welcomes PhD applications in the areas of organization theory, entrepreneurship, science organization & business, and university-industry relations. Click here for more information on his research. 

Markus has collaborated with organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Shell, Rolls Royce and Imperial Innovations. He was previously head of innovation at start-up firm Greychip. Markus has a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University, and joined Imperial in 2008. 

Markus has published numerous articles in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is Editor in Chief of Innovation: Organization & Management, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Perkmann M, McKelvey M, Phillips N, 2018, Protecting scientists from Gordon Gekko: how organizations use hybrid spaces to engage with multiple institutional logics, Organization Science, Vol:30, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:235-445

Fini R, Jourdan J, Perkmann M, 2018, Social valuation across multiple audiences: the interplay between ability and identity judgments, Academy of Management Journal, ISSN:0001-4273

Perkmann M, Schildt H, 2015, Open data partnerships between firms and universities: The role of boundary organizations (open access article), Research Policy, Vol:44, ISSN:0048-7333, Pages:1133-1143

Perkmann M, Spicer A, 2014, How emerging organizations take form: The role of imprinting and values in organizational bricolage, Organization Science, Vol:25, ISSN:1526-5455, Pages:1785-1806

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