Imperial College London


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Vice-Dean (Research and Faculty) for the Business School



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Markus is Vice-Dean (Research & Faculty) and academic director of the Imperial Enterprise Lab. He curates the Entrepreneurial Journey, our school's experiential start-up programme across all of our 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.

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.

Markus has published widely in journals journals including Organization Science, the Academy of Management Journal, Research Policy, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is co-founding editor of Innovation: Organization & Management.

Markus has collaborated with organizations including Frog (CapGemini), Reply Digital Services, 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

Fini R, Jourdan J, Perkmann M, et al., 2023, A new take on the categorical imperative: Gatekeeping, boundary maintenance, and evaluation penalties in science, Organization Science, Vol:34, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:1090-1110

Fini R, Perkmann M, Kenney M, et al., 2023, Are public subsidies effective for university spinoffs? Evidence from SBIR awards in the University of California system, Research Policy, Vol:52, ISSN:0048-7333

Perkmann M, Phillips N, Greenwood R, 2022, Institutional arbitrage: how actors exploit institutional difference, Organization Theory, Vol:3, ISSN:2631-7877, Pages:1-20

Fini R, Perkmann M, Ross J-M, 2022, Attention to exploration: the effect of academic entrepreneurship on the production of scientific knowledge, Organization Science, Vol:33, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:495-871

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

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:298-318

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


Perkmann M, 2022, Two dimensions of openness: universities' strategic choices for innovation, Oxford Handbook of Open Innovation

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