Imperial College London


Business School

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship



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

See my new review of academic engagement here.

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.

A short interview on how organizations can reach new audiences by establishing hybrid units

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 published numerous articles in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is Co-Editor in Chief of Innovation: Organization & Management (follow IOM here and here).

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. 

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Perkmann M, Salandra R, Tartari V, et al., 2021, Academic engagement: A review of the literature 2011-2019, Research Policy, Vol:50, ISSN:0048-7333, Pages:104114-104114

Defazio D, Kolympiris C, Perkmann M, et al., 2020, Busy academics share less: the impact of professional and family roles on academic withholding behaviour, Studies in Higher Education, ISSN:0307-5079

Kavanagh B, Perkmann M, Phillips N, 2020, Collective identity and the limits of innovation: a review and research agenda, Innovation: Organization & Management, ISSN:1440-1266

Hampel C, Perkmann M, Phillips N, 2020, Beyond the lean start-up: experimentation in corporate entrepreneurship and innovation, Innovation-Management Policy & Practice, Vol:22, ISSN:1447-9338, Pages:1-11

Perkmann M, McKelvey M, Phillips N, 2019, 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 of ability and identity judgments, Academy of Management Journal, Vol:61, ISSN:0001-4273, Pages:2230-2264

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