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Deepak Somaya

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

Professor, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2018 to present
Professor, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2018 to present
Stephen V. and Christy C. King Faculty Fellow, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 to present
Academic Director, Illinois Consulting Academy, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2017-2018
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Business Administration, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2015-2018
Associate Professor, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014-2018
International Research Fellow, Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms, Said Business School, Oxford University, 2014-2018
Associate Professor, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012-2018
Research Associate, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), University of Melbourne, 2008-2018
Associate Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012-2015
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

Mawdsley, J., Somaya, D. 2018. Demand-side strategy, relational advantage, and partner-driven corporate scope: The case for client-led diversification. Strategic Management Journal, 39: 1834-1859

Raghuram, S., Gajendran, R., Liu, X., Somaya, D. 2017. Boundaryless LMX: Examining LMXs Impact on External Career Outcomes and Alumni Goodwill. Personnel Psychology, 70: 399-428

Gajendran, R., Somaya, D. 2016. Employees Leave Good Bosses Nearly as Often as Bad Ones. Harvard Business Review (online)

Honors and Awards

Best Interdisciplinary Paper, Strategic Human Capital Interest Group, Strategic Management Society Conference, Paris, France, 2018

College of Business nominee for Campus Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

College of Business nominee for Campus Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Service Activities

Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2017
Editorial Board Member, Elements of Strategy Series, Cambridge University Press, 2016-2017
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2015-2017
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Management Journal, 2011-2017
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, 2010-2017
Editorial Board Member, Organization Science, 2011-2015

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 are critical determinants of business success.