Thomas holds a PhD in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from University of Pennsylvania, an MA from University of Pennsylvania and University College Dublin and a BA Science from Duale Hochschule Baden-Wuertemberg. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he was a financial analyst and project manager at IBM and JP Morgan. In those functions, he was involved in several worldwide projects in corporate finance and business development.
Thomas’ research interests lie at the intersection of strategic entrepreneurship and innovation. He focuses on how established and emerging firms manage technological change and the strategies firms pursue to develop and commercialize new technologies. His work has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Nature Biotechnolgy, Research Policy, the European Management Review, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and has been presented at several international conferences. In 2013, his dissertation-related work was among the finalists of the Druid Young Scholar Paper award and the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) division best paper at Academy of Management. He won the best student paper prize within the TIM division at AoM 2013.