Sonali K. Shah
Associate 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 HeldAssociate 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 PublicationsShah, 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 AwardsCampus 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 ActivitiesEditorial 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.