Michael Blomfield

  • Degree Programme: PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship

BA (Oxford); MSc (UCL); MPP (Harvard)



Michael Blomfield is a PhD student in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship department at London Business School. Michael’s research interests lie in firms’ innovation strategies, with an emphasis on corporate investment in scientific research. His research focuses on how organizations’ environments affect their strategic options and decision-making on innovation. He is particularly interested in how key resource holders’ incentives align with those of the firm in the direction of innovation efforts.

Prior to academia, Michael lead health policy projects for the British Government, focusing on human capital, and worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Michael’s undergraduate studies were in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. He subsequently received Masters degree in Economics from University College London and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Working papers


  • Blomfield, M., and K. Vakili, 2019, “The Research Money Can’t Buy: Sponsoring Academic Science in the Shadow of Reputational Rewards,” Revise and Resubmit, Organization Science
  • Blomfield, M., 2019, “Hiring for Knowledge or Skills: How Do Firms Use Scientific Human Capital Acquired from Industry?"
  • Blomfield, M., 2019, “More in Common, Further Apart? Common Institutional Ownership and Firms’ Innovation Decisions”

Research interests

  • Innovation strategy
  • Human Capital
  • Corporate Investment in Science