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Professor Dimo Dimov

Dimo Dimov

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Job Title:

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Entrepreneurship, Venture capital, Entrepreneurial finance

Research Interests

My research focuses on enabling, accelerating, and funding the entrepreneurial journey, from initial idea to viable venture, in independent, corporate, and social settings. An evolving entrepreneurial opportunity is central in this process: obvious in retrospect, but uncertain, nebulous, and ambiguous in prospect. I am interested in how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act, and interact in the face of such uncertainty and how these interactions give rise to exciting new phenomena.


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Grégoire, D. A., Cornelissen, J., Dimov, D. & Van Burg, E. 2015. The mind in the middle: taking stock of affect and cognition research in entrepreneurship. International Journal of Management Reviews, 17(2): 125-142, DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12060.

De Clercq, D., Thongpapanl, N., & Dimov, D. 2014. Contextual ambidexterity in SMEs: The roles of internal and external rivalry. Small Business Economics, 42(1).

Piperopoulos, P. & Dimov, D. 2014. Burst bubbles or build steam? Entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and entrepreneurial intentions. Journal of Small Business Management, 52(2), DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12116.

McMullen, J. S. & Dimov, D. 2013. Time and the entrepreneurial journey: The problems and promise of studying entrepreneurship as a process. Journal of Management Studies, 50(8): 1481-1512, DOI: 10.1111/joms.12049.

De Clercq, D., Dimov, D., & Thongpapanl, N. 2013. Organizational Social Capital, Formalization, and Internal Knowledge Sharing in Entrepreneurial Orientation Formation. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(3): 505-537, DOI: 10.1111/etap.12021.

De Clercq, D., Thongpapanl, N., & Dimov, D. 2013. Getting more from cross-functional fairness for product innovativeness: Contingency effects of internal resource and conflict management. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(1): 56-69, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2012.00986.x.

De Clercq, D., Thongpapanl, N., & Dimov, D. 2013. Shedding new light on the relationship between contextual ambidexterity and firm performance: An investigation of internal contingencies. Technovation, 33(4-5): 119-132.

Dimov, D., Martin de Holan, P., & Milanov, H. 2012. Learning patterns in venture capital investing in new industriesIndustrial and Corporate Change, 5: 1-38, DOI: 10.1093/icc/dts010.

Thongpapanl, N., De Clercq, D., & Dimov, D. 2012. An investigation of the performance consequences of alignment and adaptability: contingent effects of decision autonomy and shared responsibility . R and D Management 42(1): 14-30, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2011.00666.x.

De Clercq, D., Thongpapanl, N., & Dimov, D. 2011. The Moderating Role of Organizational Context on the Relationship between Innovation and Firm PerformanceIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 58(3), DOI: 10.1109/TEM.2010.2048911.

Dimov, D. 2011. Grappling with the unbearable elusiveness of entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 35(1): 57-81, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00423.x.

De Clercq, D., Thongpapanl, N., & Dimov, D. 2011. A closer look at cross-functional collaboration and product innovativeness: Contingency effects of structural and relational context . Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28(5): 680-697, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2011.00830.x.

Dimov, D. & Gedajlovic, E. 2010. A property rights perspective on venture capital investment decisions. Journal of Management Studies, 47(7): 1248-1271, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00905.x.

Dimov, D. 2010. Nascent entrepreneurs and venture emergence: Opportunity confidence, human capital, and early planningJournal of Management Studies, 47(6): 1123-1153, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00874.x.

Dimov, D., & Milanov, H. 2010. The interplay of need and opportunity in venture capital syndication . Journal of Business Venturing, 25(4): 331-348, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2009.01.002.

Dimov, D. & Martin de Holan, P. 2010. Firm experience and market entry by venture capital firms (1962-2004). Journal of Management Studies, 47(1): 130-161, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2009.01.002.

De Clercq, D., Dimov, D. & Thongpapanl, T. 2010. The moderating impact of internal social exchange processess on the entrepreneurial orientation-performance relationship. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(1): 87-103, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2009.01.004.

De Clercq, D., Thongpapanl, N. & Dimov, D. 2009. When good conflicts gets better and bad conflict becomes worse: the role of social capital in the conflict-innovation relationship. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 37(3): 283-297, DOI: 10.1007/s11747-008-0122-0.

► older publications

De Clercq, D. & Dimov, D. 2008. Internal knowledge development and external knowledge access in venture capital investment performance. Journal of Management Studies, 45(3): 585-612, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00747.x.

Dimov, D., & Murray, G. C. 2008. Determinants of the incidence and scale of seed capital investments by venture capital firms. Small Business Economics, 30(2): 127-152, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-006-9008-z.

Dimov, D. 2007. From opportunity insight to opportunity intention: The importance of person-situation learning match. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 31(4): 561-583, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2007.00188.x.

Dimov, D. 2007. Beyond the single person, single insight attribution in understanding entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 31(5): 713-731, DOI:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2007.00196.x.

Dimov, D., Shepherd, D. A., & Sutcliffe, K. M. 2007. Requisite expertise, firm reputation, an status in venture capital investment allocation decisions. Journal of Business Venturing, 22(4): 481-502, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2006.05.001.

Dimov, D. & De Clercq, D. 2006. Venture capital investment strategy and portfolio failure rate: A longitudinal study. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 30(2): 207-223, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2006.00118.x.

Dimov, D. & Shepherd, D. A. 2005. Human capital theory and venture capital firms: Exploring 'home runs' and strike outs'. Journal of Business Venturing, 20(4): 481-502, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2003.12.007.

De Clercq, D. & Dimov, D. 2004. Explaining venture capital firms syndication behaviour: A longitudinal study. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 6(4): 243-256, DOI: 10.1080/1369106042000277688.


Dimov, D. 2017. The Reflective Entrepreneur. Abingdon: Routledge.

Other Outputs (book chapters)

De Clercq, D. & Dimov, D. Forthcoming. Doing it not alone: Antecedents, dynamics and outcomes of venture capital syndication Companion to Venture Capital, Robert W Kolb Companion to Finance Series.

Kimmitt, J., Scarlata, M. & Dimov, D. 2016. An empirical investigation of the interplay between microcredit, institutional context, and entrepreneurial capabilities, Venture Capital, 18 (3): 257-276. DOI: 10.1080/13691066.2016.1191127.

De Clercq, D. & Dimov, D. 2012. Doing it Not Alone: Antecedents, dynamics and outcomes of venture capital syndication. John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118266908.ch11.

Murray, G. C. & Dimov, D. 2007. Through glass darkly: New perspectives on the equity gap. In T. Schamp (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and the Financial Community Starting Up and Growing New Busines: 161-174. London: Edward Elgar.

Wiklund, J., Dimov, D., Katz, J. A. & Shepherd, D. A. (Eds.). 2006. Entrepreneurship: Frameworks and empirical investigations from forthcoming leaders of European research. Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth, Volume 9. Amsterdam:Elsevier.

Dimov, D. 2006. Idea generation from a creative perspective. In A. Zacharakis & S. Spinelli Jnr (Eds.), Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth, vol 2. Portsmouth, NH: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Dimov, D. 2004. The individuality of opportunity identification: A critical review and extension. In J. Butler (Eds.), Opportunity identification and entrepreneurial behaviour: 135-161. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.