Colleen Cunningham

Researcher of innovation, entrepreneurship, and corporate strategy.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021. 


Her paper Killer Acquisitions, written with Florian Ederer and Song Ma, won the 2020 edition of the AdC Competition Policy Award.


Killer Acquisitions also won the Robert F. Lanzillotti Prize for best paper in antitrust economics.


Examines the challenges and advantages of commercialising new-to-world inventions, the origins of markets and their role in the selection of novel ideas. Also focuses on anti-competitive motivations for technology acquisitions.


Assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, London Business School; former health policy researcher and a consulting researcher for the Economic Development department of the Government of British Columbia, in the oil and gas industry, and in natural resource management.



“Killer Acquisitions” (Journal of Political Economy); “The Limits of Relational Governance” (Strategic Management Journal).


Media picks


Killer Acquisitions


“Sheds new light on big companies buying upstarts to kill them.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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