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 relationship between innovation and collaboration.
I am currently focused on two research streams. Through my first research stream, I examine the relationship between collaboration and innovation. I am particularly interested in understanding how innovators choose their collaborators, how the composition of innovative teams influence their creative output, and how the context of innovation moderates the relationship between team composition and creativity. With the second research stream, I study the impact of various public policies such as federal funding and IP regime on the innovative performance of individuals, teams, and organisations. 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 topics of business modelling, systems thinking and organisational learning. Currently I advise several startups in the fields of mobile apps, semiconductors, and online services.