Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
London Business School
London, United Kingdom
I am an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School (2013-present). I received my PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in 2013. I also hold an MBA degree and a BSc in Electrical Engineering both from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. My research interests include innovation and technology strategy, science policy, and the impact of collaboration on firms' and individuals' strategies and performance.
I am currently focusing on two main research streams. My first research stream explores how innovation depends on the resolution of tension between collaboration and competition during the innovative process. I am particularly interested in the following research questions: First, why do competing market participants (firms or individuals) collaborate on innovation? How do they choose their collaborators? And finally how collaboration shapes the type, rate, and impact of innovation by both collaborators and non-collaborators? The second research stream mainly focuses on the origin of breakthrough technologies and the mechanisms that can lead to breakthrough innovations. So far my research has been focused on four empirical settings: digital media standards, stem cell research, nanotechnology, and semiconductors.
Before joining academia, I was an entrepreneur and worked as a consultant. In 2006, I founded a video game production company, which was acquired by Samsung Co. three years later. As a consultant, I worked with executives in a range of industries such as auto, oil, education, software and hardware. I specialised in sessions on the topics of business modelling, systems thinking and organizational learning.