Sonali K. Shah
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Educational BackgroundPh.D., Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
B.S.E., Magna Cum Laude, Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
B.S.E., Magna Cum Laude, Economics and Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
Positions HeldAssistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois, 2003-2007, 2014 to present
Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 2007-2014
Associate, McKinsey & Company, 2000
Investment Banking Analyst, High Technology Group, Morgan Stanley & Company, 1996-1997
Recent PublicationsShah, S., Gorbatai, A. Forthcoming. Structural Sampling: A Technique for Illuminating Social Systems. In Kimberly D. Elsbach and Roderick M. Kramer (Ed.), Handbook of Innovative Qualitative Research Methods: Pathways to Cool Ideas and Interesting Papers. New York: Taylor and Francis.
Shah, S., Tripsas, M. Forthcoming. When Do User Innovators Start Firms? A Theory of User Entrepreneurship. In Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation. MIT Press.
Agarwal-Tronetti, R., Shah, S. 2014. Knowledge Sources of Entrepreneurship: Firm Formation by Academics, Users & Employees. Research Policy, 43: 1109-1133
Mody, C., Shah, S. 2014. Creating a Context for Entrepreneurship: Examining How Users Technological & Organizational Innovations Set the Stage for Entrepreneurial Activity. In Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg (Ed.), Cultural Commons, 313-340. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Shah, S., Cox, E. 2014. Parting the Ivory Curtain: Understanding How Universities Support a Diverse Set of Startups. Journal of Technology Transfer
Shah, S. 2013. Backgrounds of Entrepreneurs: Human Capital. Kauffman Foundation State of the Field Website (stateofthefield.org)
Shah, S., Smith, S. 2013. Do Innovative Users Generate More Useful Insights? An Analysis of CVC Investment in the Medical Device Industry. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
Honors and AwardsRising Stars Best Paper Award, Industry Studies Association, 2013
Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist, University of Washington, 2012-2013
Charlene M. & Arthur Buerk Fellowship, University of Washington, 2010-2013
Recognized as a Star Teacher, University of Washington, 2011-2012
Doctoral Business Student Faculty Mentor Award Nominee, University of Washington, 2011
Kauffman Firm Survey Promising Paper Award, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2011
Service ActivitiesEditorial Board Member, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, present
Editorial Review Board, Organization Science, 2011-present
Guest Associate Editor, Management Science, 2013-2014
Teaching and Research Interests
Teaches in the areas of strategy, innovation management, organization design, and qualitative research methods.
Research interests span innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy.