Pek Soh

Professor, Strategy / Technology and Operations Management
Ph.D. Management of Technology (MIT); M.Sc. Management (National University of Singapore); M.Sc. Management of Information Systems (London School of Economics); B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science (University College London)

Segal Room: SGL 3905
Segal Phone: 778.782.7921
Burnaby Room: WMC 4366
Burnaby Phone: 778.782.3652

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Pek Hooi Soh is a Professor of Strategy and Technology Management in Beedie School of Business. Before joining Simon Fraser University, she was on the faculty of NUS Business School at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She had been a visiting professor and research scholar at Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and at Hitotsubashi University's Institute of Innovation Research in Tokyo, Japan. She received her Ph.D. in Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship from MIT Sloan School of Management, her Masters’ degrees from the London School of Economics and NUS Business School, and her B.Sc. from University College London.

Pek's research interests lie in three broad, intersecting areas: strategy, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship. She has examined how collaboration networks affect technological transition, technology standard development, innovation performance, entrepreneurial and diversification strategy. Her research also bridges across disciplinary areas from strategic management, economic sociology to organization theory. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy and Journal of Business Venturing. Her doctoral thesis proposal was awarded a second prize at INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition in 1997. She currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing and has been an active peer reviewer for more than a dozen business and engineering management journals. She has taught in EMBA and MBA programs on technology management and strategy, and doctoral seminars on strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Pek, along with several PhD candidates and visiting scholars, is currently investigating the competitive and cooperative nature of technological ecosystems, the role of scientists in academic-industry collaborations, and the configurations of entrepreneurs' decision making process and entrepreneurial networks. These projects invite highly motivated doctoral students with broad interests in commercialization of science and technology to participate in both theory development and field studies. She has developed two intensive, interdisciplinary-based reading courses for doctoral-level research on technology competition and entrepreneurship.

On her most valuable experience as an academic, "Always meeting and engaging with wonderful professors, colleagues, and students from diverse backgrounds, and never stop being inspired by others."

The mother of three children, she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her family. Her favourite events in Vancouver include Beedie Terry Fox Run and BC Childrun Against Childhood Cancer.

Specialization and Research Interests

Technology Strategy, Ecosystem Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Networks, Strategic Alliances.

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Annapoornima M. Subramanian, & Pek Soh

Linking alliance portfolios to recombinant innovation: The combined effects of diversity and alliance experience

2016 | Long Range Planning.

Elicia Maine, Pek-Hooi Soh, & Nancy Dos Santos

The role of entrepreneurial decision-making in opportunity creation and recognition

2015 | Technovation. 39-40: 53-72

Pek-Hooi Soh, & Annapoornima Subramanian

When do firms benefit from university-industry R&D collaborations? The implications of firm R&D focus on scientific research and technological recombination

2014 | Journal of Business Venturing. 29(6): 807-821

Annapoornima M. Subramanian, K H. Lim, & Pek-Hooi Soh

When birds of a feather don't flock together: Different scientists and the roles they play in biotech R&D alliances

2013 | Research Policy. 42(3): 595-612

Lee O'Donnell, Pek-Hooi Soh, & Elicia Maine

New ventures BC economic impact and entrepreneurial research project


Network patterns and competitive advantage before the emergence of a dominant design

2010 | Strategic Management Journal. 31(4): 438-461

Jing Zhang, Pek-Hooi Soh, & Poh-Kam Wong

Entrepreneurial resource acquisition through indirect ties: Compensatory effects of prior knowledge

2010 | Journal of Management. 36(2): 511-536

Jing Zhang, Vangelis Souitaris , Pek-Hooi Soh, & Poh-Kam Wong

A contingent model of network utilization in early financing of technology ventures

2008 | Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. 32(4): 593-613

Pek-Hooi Soh, Ishtiaq P. Mahmood, & William G. Mitchell

Dynamic inducements in R&D Investment: Market signals and network locations

2004 | Academy of Management Journal. 47(6): 727-744

The role of networking alliances in information acquisition and its implications for new product performance

2003 | Journal of Business Venturing. 18(6): 907-917

Pek-Hooi Soh, & Edward B. Roberts

Networks of innovators: A longitudinal perspective

2003 | Research Policy. 32(9): 1537-1717

Pek-Hooi Soh, & Edward B. Roberts

Technology alliances and networks: An external link to research capability

2005 | IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 52(4): 419-428

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Annapoornima M. Subramanian, Kwanghui Lim, Pek Soh, Fredrik Tell, Christian Berggren, Stefano Brusoni, & Andrew Van de Ven

Bridging scientists and informal R&D collaborations: Implications for firm-level knowledge integration and patent performance

2017 | Managing knowledge integration across boundaries. 191-205

Pek-Hooi Soh, David Teece, & Mie Augier

Dominant designs

2014 | Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.

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