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Sonali K. Shah

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Educational Background

Ph.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 Held

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois, 2003-2007, 2014-2017
Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 2007-2014
Associate, McKinsey & Co., 2000
Investment Banking Analyst, High Technology Group, Morgan Stanley & Company, 1996-1997

Recent Publications

Shah, S., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., Moeen, M. 2017. Athenas Birth: Triggers, Actors, and Actions Preceding Industry Inception. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11: 287-305

Shah, S., Gorbatai, A. 2016. Structural Sampling: A Technique for Illuminating Social Systems. In Kimberly D. Elsbach and Roderick M. Kramer (Ed.), Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods, 251-261. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Shah, S., Tripsas, M. 2016. When Do User-Innovators Start Firms? A Theory of User Entrepreneurship. In Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation, 285-307. MIT Press.

Honors and Awards

Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois, 2017

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, 2015-2017

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Best Paper Award, Strategic Management Society, 2015

Service Activities

Editorial Review Board, Academy of Management Review, 2017-2018
Editorial Review Board, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2015-2018
Editorial Review Board, Organization Science, 2011-2018
Early Career Professional Development Workshop, Industry Studies Association, 2017
Best Dissertation Awards Committee Member, Industry Studies Association, 2017
Best Dissertation Awards Committee Member, TIM Best Dissertation Awards Committee, 2017
Doctoral Student Consortium Panelist & Mentor, Academy of Management—Technology & Innovation Management Division, 2016
Editorial Board, Kauffman Foundation State of the Field, 2015-2016
Doctoral Consortium Organizer, Business Policy & Strategy Division—Academy of Management, 2015
Best Dissertation Awards Committee Member, Academy of Management—Technology & Innovation Management Division, 2015

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.