Educational BackgroundPhD Candidate, Strategy (Expected: May 2015), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
B.A., Archaelogy, University of Liverpool, 2000
Positions HeldInternal Auditor, Royal Liver Assurance Ltd, 2008-2009
Project Manager, Royal Liver Assurance Ltd, 2006-2008
Recent PublicationsMawdsley, J., Somaya, D. Forthcoming. Strategy and Strategic Alignment in Professional Service Firms. In Oxford Handbook on Professional Service Firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Honors and AwardsRichard D. and Anne Marie Irwin Fellowship, Irwin Foundation, 2014-2015
Best Conference Paper (Finalist), Strategic Management Society conference, 2014
Best Paper (Runner up) Cooperative Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society conference, 2014
Dissertation Award, UIUC, 2014
Excellent Teachers Outstanding Ranking (campus top 10%), UIUC, 2012
Outstanding Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management, 2011
Teaching and Research Interests
My teaching interests lie in business policy & strategy, and strategic human capital. I can also teach international business and entrepreneurship, and have an interest in creating teaching courses that relate to the strategic management of firms who supply knowledge-based business services.
My research interests reside at the intersection of cooperative strategy and strategic human capital. I am motivated by research questions that investigate strategic issues for firms who create value from human capital and inter-organizational relationships. In particular, I am interested in examining strategic and performance outcomes that arise when knowledge-based service suppliers make deeper investments in their client relationships. I also have an interest in the management of a professional workforce, the impacts of different firm governance structures on firm value creation, and the strategies firms implement to acquire knowledge-based capabilities.