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Deepak Somaya

Associate Professor of Business Administration and
Stephen V. and Christy C. King Faculty Fellow


Educational Background

Ph.D., Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
MBA, Business Administration, Indian Institute of Management at Calcutta, 1992
B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay, 1990

Positions Held

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Business Administration, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, present
Associate Professor, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014 to present
International Research Fellow, Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms, Said Business School, Oxford University, 2014 to present
Associate Professor and Stephen and Christy King Faculty Fellow, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012 to present
Associate Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012 to present
Research Associate, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), University of Melbourne, 2008 to present
Assistant Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2010-2012
Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2008-2012
Assistant Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park, 2002-2008

Recent Publications

Corredor, S. , Forero, C., Somaya, D. Forthcoming. How External and Internal Sources of Knowledge Impact Novel and Imitative Innovation in Emerging Markets: Evidence from Colombia. Advances in International Management

Mawdsley, J. , Somaya, D. Forthcoming. Strategy and Strategic Alignment in Professional Service Firms. In Oxford Handbook on Professional Service Firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Carnahan, S., Somaya, D. 2015. Competing Through Alumni: The Other Talent War. Sloan Management Review, 56: 14-16

Carnahan, S., Somaya, D. 2013. Alumni Effects and Relational Advantage: How Outsourcing is Impacted when Your Client Hires from Your Competitors. Academy of Management Journal, 56: 1578-1600

Moeen, M., Somaya, D., Mahoney, J. 2013. Supply Portfolio Concentration in the Outsourcing of Knowledge Based Services. Organization Science, 24: 262-279

Honors and Awards

Conference Best Paper Runner-Up, Cooperative Strategies Interest Group, Strategic Management Society Conference, 2014

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

2012 CMR Best Article Award for Innovation in Multi-Invention Contexts: Mapping Solutions to Technological and Intellectual Property Complexity, California Management Review, 2012

SMS Conference Best Paper Prize (Honorable Mention, one of four, out of over 500 accepted papers), Strategic Management Society, 2011

SMS Conference Best Ph.D. Paper Prize (for doctoral student coauthor, Seth Carnahan), Strategic Management Society, 2011

Service Activities

Chair (Associate Program Chair, Program Chair, Interest Group Chair), Strategic Human Capital Interest Group, Strategic Management Society, 2013-present
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, present
Editorial Board Member, Organization Science, 2011-present
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Management Journal, 2011-present
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, 2010-present

Teaching and Research Interests

Technology Strategy, Human Capital Strategy, Intellectual Property Strategy, General Strategic Management

In my research, I seek to understand how companies strategize about and derive competitive advantage from their knowledge assets, particularly their knowledge workers (talent) and intellectual property. As the knowledge economy becomes a reality in the 21st Century, these strategies for mobilizing and leveraging knowledge assets will become critical determinants of business success.