Selected Publications

We examine the impact of rural electri cation on individuals and businesses within a community in order to test a resource-based theory of entrepreneurship. We show that access to electricity increases average households’ income and entrepreneurial activities. The impact of electricity on entrepreneurial activity has wide-ranging implications for development policy in countries where access to electricity is sparse.
EP

Research has explored how embeddedness in small-world networks influences individual and firm outcomes. We show that there remains significant heterogeneity among networks classified as small-world networks. We develop measures of the efficiency of a network, which allow us to refine predictions associated with small-world networks.
ORM

Recent Posts

I read Helen Sword’s Stylish Academic Writing (Sword, 2012) on a recent flight. The book surveys major style quirks plaguing academic writing. It is both entertaining and concerning: some of the examples are hilarious, but a look at one’s own writing yields many sentences as wonky as the examples in the book. For me, writing is the single most difficult part of being an academic: I am a slow writer and need heavy editing to get my first draft into shape.

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In the November issue of the Strategic Management Journal, the editors write about a new initiative, which aims to increase the availability of management data (Ethiraj, Gambardella, & Helfat, 2017)1. As part of this initiative, the editors will contact authors of impactful papers in SMJ to suggest they contribute the data. Additionally, SMJ will adopt a badge system to identify articles that make their data available. The editors’ goal is to both facilitate replications and, crucially, increase the ability of researchers to build on previously collected data; therefore increasing the cumulativeness of management research.

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I decided to redo my old and ugly wordpress website using blogdown and Hugo. Thanks to the great theme for academics by George Cushen and the blogdown book by Yihui Xie, Amber Thomas and Alison Presmanes Hill, it was a breeze. In a few hours, I have a better looking website than I thought possible, without having to do too much fiddling. Once more, I am amazed by what can be achieved thanks to the open source software community.

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Publications

  • How does energy matter? Rural electrification, entrepreneurship, and community development in Kenya

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  • Revisiting the Small-World Phenomenon, Efficiency Variation and Classification of Small-World Networks

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  • Adoption readiness in service innovation: the case of digital money

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  • The Two-Pipe Problem: Analysing and Theorizing about 2-Mode Networks

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Teaching

Innovation Economics

Master’s class at EPFL

Mathematics and Statistics Foundations in R

Master’s class at Imperial College Business School

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