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Deepak Somaya

Associate Professor of Business Administration and
Stephen V. and Christy C. King Faculty Fellow

Educational Background

Ph.D., Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
MBA, Business Administration, Indian Institute of Management at Calcutta, 1992
B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay, 1990

Positions Held

Associate Professor, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, present
Associate Professor and Stephen and Christy King Faculty Fellow, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012 to present
Associate Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012 to present
Research Associate, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), University of Melbourne, 2008 to present
Assistant Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2010-2012
Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2008-2012
Assistant Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park, 2002-2008

Recent Publications

Mawdsley, J. , Somaya, D. Forthcoming. Strategy and Strategic Alignment in Professional Service Firms. In Oxford Handbook on Professional Service Firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Carnahan, S., Somaya, D. 2013. Alumni Effects and Relational Advantage: How Outsourcing is Impacted when Your Client Hires from Your Competitors. Academy of Management Journal, 56: 1578-1600

Moeen, M., Somaya, D., Mahoney, J. 2013. Supply Portfolio Concentration in the Outsourcing of Knowledge Based Services. Organization Science, 24: 262-279

Mayer, K., Somaya, D., Williamson, I. 2012. Firm-Specific, Industry-Specific and Occupational Human Capital, and the Sourcing of Knowledge Work. Organization Science, 23: 1311-1329

Somaya, D. 2012. Patent Strategy and Management: An Integrative Review and Research Agenda. Journal of Management, 38: 1084-1114

Somaya, D., McDaniel, C. 2012. Tribunal Specialization and Institutional Targeting in Patent Enforcement. Organization Science, 23: 869-887

Somaya, D., Teece, D., Wakeman, S. 2012. Business Models and Patent Strategies in Multi-Invention Contexts. Ivey Business Journal, (September-October)

Honors and Awards

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011, 2012, 2013
2012 CMR Best Article Award for “Innovation in Multi-Invention Contexts: Mapping Solutions to Technological and Intellectual Property Complexity”, California Management Review, 2012
SMS Conference Best Paper Prize (Honorable Mention, one of four, out of over 500 accepted papers), Strategic Management Society, 2011
SMS Conference Best Ph.D. Paper Prize (for doctoral student coauthor, Seth Carnahan), Strategic Management Society, 2011
Arnold O. Beckman Award for research of "special distinction, special promise, or special resource value", UIUC Campus Research Board, 2010

Service Activities

Editorial Board Member, Organization Science, 2011-present
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Management Journal, 2011-present
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, 2010-present

Teaching and Research Interests

Technology Strategy, Human Capital Strategy, Intellectual Property Strategy, General Strategic Management

In my research, I seek to understand how companies strategize about and derive competitive advantage from their knowledge assets, particularly their knowledge workers (talent) and intellectual property. As the knowledge economy becomes a reality in the 21st Century, these strategies for mobilizing and leveraging knowledge assets will become critical determinants of business success.


Contact Information:

4026 BIF
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL, 61820
(217) 333-6873

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