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Sonali K. Shah

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

All Publications

Articles in Journals

Shah, S., Burton, M., Chen, P. 2015. Backgrounds of Entrepreneurs: Human Capital. Kauffman Foundation State of the Field Website (

Agarwal-Tronetti, R., Shah, S. 2014. Knowledge Sources of Entrepreneurship: Firm Formation by Academic, User & Employee Innovators. Research Policy, 43: 1109-1133

Shah, S., Pahnke, E. 2014. Parting the Ivory Curtain: Understanding How Universities Support a Diverse Set of Startups. Journal of Technology Transfer, 39: 780-792

Shah, S., Smith, S. 2013. Do Innovative Users Generate More Useful Insights? An Analysis of Corporate Venture Capital Investments in the Medical Device Industry. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 7: 151-167

Reedy, E., Shah, S., Smith, S. 2012. Can't Find a Product or Service? Start a Company. Huffington Post

Shah, S. 2012. User & Community-Based Innovation: Findings & New Research Directions. White Paper for the New America Foundation

Shah, S., Smith, S., Reedy, E. 2012. Who Are User Entrepreneurs? Findings on Innovation, Founder Characteristics & Firm Characteristics. Kauffman Foundation Report

Dencker, J., Gruber, M., Shah, S. 2009. Individual & Opportunity Factors Influencing Job Creation in New Firms. Academy of Management Journal, 52: 1125-1147

Dencker, J., Gruber, M., Shah, S. 2009. Pre-Entry Knowledge, Learning, and the Survival of New Firms. Organization Science, 20: 516-537

Shah, S., Tripsas, M. 2007. The Accidental Entrepreneur: The Emergent and Collective Process of User Entrepreneurship. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1: 123-140

Corley, K., Shah, S. 2006. Building Better Theory by Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide. Journal of Management Studies, 43: 1821-1835

Shah, S. 2006. Motivation, Governance and the Viability of Hybrid Forms in Open Source Software Development. Management Science, 52: 1000-1014

Franke, N., Shah, S. 2003. How Communities Support Innovative Activities: An Exploration of Assistance and Sharing among End-Users. Research Policy, 32: 157-178

Sommers, F., Shah, S. 2003. Effort on the Edge, Part 2: A Fact-Based Analysis of the JCP's Effectiveness. JavaWorld

Shah, S. 2002. Article Summary: Open Source Software as Lead User's Make or Buy Decision: A Study of Open and Closed Source Quality. Technology Innovation & Intellectual Property Newsletter

Shah, S., Sommers, F. 2002. Effort on the Edge, Part 1: Does the JCP Adequately Balance Innovation with Maintenance of Java's Standards? JavaWorld

Chapters in Books

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.

Shah, S., Mody, C. 2014. Creating a Context for Entrepreneurship: Examining How Users' Technological and Organizational Innovations Set the Stage for Entrepreneurial Activity. In Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg (Ed.), Governing Knowledge Commons, 313-340. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Shah, S. 2005. Open Beyond Software. In C. Dibona, D. Cooper & M. Stone (Ed.), Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution, 339-360. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media.


Dencker, J., Gruber, M., Shah, S. 2008. Individual, Organizational & Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings

Dencker, J., Gruber, M., Shah, S. 2008. Individual, Organizational and Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research

Dencker, J., Gruber, M., Shah, S. 2007. Knowledge Acquisition Activities, Prior Knowledge and Experience & the Survival of New Firms, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research

Dencker, J., Gruber, M., Shah, S. 2006. Knowledge Related Success Factors on the Path from Unemployment to Entrepreneurship, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research

Shah, S. 2006. From Innovation to Firm Formation: Contributions by Sports Enthusiasts to the Windsurfing, Snowboarding & Skateboarding Industries, Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Sports Engineering Association

Shah, S. 2004. Understanding the Nature of Participation and Coordination in Open and Gated Source Software Development Communities, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings

Working Papers

Shah, S. 2016. Jewels in the Crown: Exploring Motivations and Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs

Other Publications

Shah, S. 2003. Community-Based Innovation & Product Development: Findings from Open Source Software And Consumer Sporting Goods