Imperial College London


Business School

Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship



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Tim Weiss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College London. His research programme sits at the intersection of entrepreneurship and society, analysing the changing nature of entrepreneurship and its societal effects.

Tim is interested in the field and organizational level of analysis, studying phenomena like the emergence of Kenya’s Silicon Savannah, racial inequality in venture performance outcomes, misconduct in and by startups, and experimentation on platform organizations. He has conducted extensive qualitative and ethnographic work, leveraging sociological and anthropological constructs for theorization. Tim is a founding member of the interdisciplinary network for technology and entrepreneurship research in Africa and of the annual Entrepreneurship & Society conference.

Tim’s most recent and ongoing empirical work focuses on entrepreneurial crime. Together with colleagues, he is building a novel database on U.S. entrepreneurial crime cases to better understand the unique vulnerabilities of ventures to misconduct and the impact of misconduct detection on venture performance. He also studies entrepreneurship in extreme poverty contexts and has collected data from an informal vehicle repair cluster in Nairobi, Kenya, through geo-spatial, interview and ethnographic data.

Tim is the editor of the widely read open-access book Digital Kenya: An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making (Palgrave, 2017) which ranked among the top 5 most downloaded open access publications at Springer Nature. Before joining the faculty at Imperial College, Tim was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Work, Technology & Organization in Stanford’s Management Science and Engineering Department. He holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree from a start-up academic institution, Zeppelin University in Germany, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Vienna.

Before becoming an academic researcher, Tim worked in international development in Kenya and Ethiopia. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young son as well as cycling, meditation, and boxing.

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NEWS: I am keen to hear from strong students interested in doing their master or PhD research with me or postdoctoral fellows seeking to be hosted at Imperial College. A key focus area of my research will be on climate mitigation and adaptation efforts in African societies, the role of voluntary carbon markets and clean tech entrepreneurs, and the impact of climate actions on rural citizens (e.g., pastoral communities, subsistence farmers and/or rural villages). Several funding options exist such as the fully funded MRes/PhD programme in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the President's PhD Scholarship, the visiting PhD Scholarship for black heritage students, the  Imperial College Research Fellowship for postdoc opportunities, and the LISS.



Weiss T, Lounsbury M, Bruton G, 2024, Survivalist organizing in urban poverty contexts, Organization Science, ISSN:1047-7039

Rahman H, Weiss T, Karunakaran A, 2023, The Experimental Hand: How Platform-based Experimentation reconfigures Worker Autonomy, Academy of Management Journal, Vol:66, ISSN:0001-4273, Pages:1803-1830

Weiss T, Eberhart R, Lounsbury M, et al., 2023, The social effects of entrepreneurship on society and some potential remedies: four provocations, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol:32, ISSN:1056-4926, Pages:251-277

Weiss T, Perkmann M, Phillips N, 2022, Scaling technology ventures in Africa: new opportunities for research, Innovation: Organization & Management, Vol:24, ISSN:1440-1266, Pages:552-567

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