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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, 2015 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, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014-2017
International Research Fellow, Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms, Said Business School, Oxford University, 2014-2017
Research Associate, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), University of Melbourne, 2008-2017
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)

Mawdsley, J., Somaya, D. 2016. Employee Mobility and Organizational Outcomes: An Integrative Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda. Journal of Management, 42: 85-113

Somaya, D. 2016. How Patent Strategy Affects the Timing and Method of Patent Litigation Resolution. Advances in Strategic Management, 34: 469-502

Honors and Awards

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

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

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.