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Keyvan Vakili

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

PhD (University of Toronto), MBA, BA (Sharif University of Technology)

Dr Keyvan Vakili’s research is broadly focused on understanding the factors that promote creativity and innovation at the individual, team, organisation, and industry levels, using a variety of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, quantitative data methods and textual analysis.

He is currently focused on two research streams. Through his first research stream, he examines the relationship between collaboration and innovation. He is particularly interested in how innovators choose their collaborators, how the composition of innovative teams influence their creative output, how firms and innovative teams can address the tensions between generating novel versus useful innovations, and how the context of innovation moderates the relationship between team composition and creativity. With the second research stream, he studies the impact of various public policies such as federal funding and IP regime on the innovative performance of individuals, teams, and organisations.

So far Dr Vakili’s research has been focused on four empirical settings: digital media standards, stem cell research, nanotechnology, and semiconductors.

Before joining academia, he was an entrepreneur and worked as a consultant. In 2006, he founded a video game production company, which was acquired by Samsung Co, three years later. As a consultant, he worked with executives in a range of industries such as auto, oil, education, software and hardware. He specialised in topics of business modelling, systems thinking and organisational learning. He currently advises several startups in the fields of mobile apps, semiconductors, and online services.


  • 2013-present: Core Strategy, MBA Programme

  • 2015-present: London Business Experience, MBA Programme


Masters in Finance

  • 2015-2016: Strategy, Master in Finance Programme


  • 2015-2016: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, PhD Programme

Research Awards

  • 2015: AOM TIM Division Best Paper Award Finalist

  • 2014: AOM BPS Division Best Dissertation Award Finalist

  • 2012: REER Conference Best Student Paper Award Finalist

  • 2012: Winner of the Best Paper Award (joint with Sarah Kaplan), DRUID Conference 2012

  • 2011: Distinguished Robert J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, AOM 2011

  • 2011: NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp, NBER/Kauffman Foundation

  • 2008-2012: Doctoral Fellowship, Rotman School of Management

  • 2008-2012: Graduate Student Endowment Award, University of Toronto

  • 2001-2008: Full Scholarship, Sharif University of Technology

Research Interests

  • Innovation strategy
  • Collaboration and innovation
  • Economics of science
  • Science policy
  • Specialization and Creativity
  • Knowledge Recombination