Erkko Autio

Professor Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom
Email: erkko.autio [at]
Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 1991

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"Professor Erkko Autio is Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London Business School. At the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, he directs the Diffusion of Innovation theme, is Co-Investigator in the Digital City Exchange project and affiliated with the UK Enterprise Research Centre. He is also a member of the Senate of Imperial College and serves in the Research Committee of ICBS. He was a founder of the Energy Business Laboratory of ICBS and directed ICBS Doctoral Programme for 7 years until June 2015. Erkko is co-founder of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute and co-author of the Global Entrepreneurship Index and the EU Regional Entrepreneurship Index. He is also a founding team member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM initiative -- the World's largest ongoing research consortium in social sciences that has been running since 1997. Erkko has conducted pioneering research in the areas of comparative entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems, and most recently in systems of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship ecosystems. His research has been cited in hundreds of news media in over 80 countries (including The Economist, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, MSBNC, among others); in over 15 000 academic publications (Google Scholar), and his research has been recognised in the form of numerous best paper awards and similar recognitions. Professor Autio was recently recognised as one of the 50 most influential management scholars globally in terms of research impact (Aguinis et al, 2012). His current research interests are in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship policy (notably, National and Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystems), innovation ecosystems, innovation momentum strategies, business model innovation and innovation from Big Science."


Research Interests

entrepreneurship, innovation


Additional Affiliations

Chair in Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London, Co-founder of the GEDI Institute, Founding team member of the GEM Institute, Visiting Scholar, Aalto University, 2011


Awards and Honors

Gerald E. Hills Award for the Most Influential Paper in Entrepreneurship-Marketing Interface Over the Past Decade, American Marketing Association, 2010 Conference Best Paper Award at the SMS Entrepreneurship Exemplars Conference, Catania, May 2013 (with Sharapov, D., & Thomas, L. Building Ecosystem Momentum: The Case of AppCampus), Strategic Management Society, 2013 2013 JIBS Best Reviewer Award, Journal of International Business Studies, 2013 2013 AMJ Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2013 JIBS Best Reviewer 2012, Journal of International Business Studies, 2012 Best Reviewer Award, Journal of International Business Studies, 2011





Systematic Literature Review Readings in Strategy Readings in Entrepreneurship