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Pek-Hooi Soh

Associate Dean, Faculty

Professor, Strategy / Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Room: WMC 5305


Curriculum Vitae: View


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)


Pek Hooi Soh is a Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Beedie School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship from MIT Sloan School of Management, her Master’s 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, and entrepreneurial strategy. Her research also bridges across disciplinary areas from strategic management and economic sociology to organization theory. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Management, Strategic Management JournalResearch Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Business Venturing. Her doctoral thesis proposal was awarded a second prize at the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition in 1997. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Business Venturing. She 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 is currently investigating the competitive and cooperative nature of digital platform ecosystems, entrepreneurial attitudes and decision-making, and knowledge sharing in online communities. These projects invite highly motivated doctoral students with broad interests in digitization and entrepreneurial strategies to engage in both theory development and big data analytics. She had offered 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, students, and professionals 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 favorite events in Vancouver include Beedie Terry Fox Run and RBC Race for the Kids.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Zhang, W., Soh, P. H., & Zhao, W. (2023). How do entrepreneurs and their ventures benefit from prior setbacks: The mediating role of attitude towards failure. International Small Business Journal, 41(5), 537-562.

Pu, M., & Soh, P. H. (2018). The role of dual embeddedness and organizational learning in subsidiary development. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(2), 373-397.

Subramanian, A. M., & Soh, P. H. (2017). Linking alliance portfolios to recombinant innovation: The combined effects of diversity and alliance experience. Long Range Planning, 50(5), 636-652.

Maine, E., Soh, P. H., & Dos Santos, N. (2015). The role of entrepreneurial decision-making in opportunity creation and recognition. Technovation, 39-40(1), 53-72.

Soh, P. H., & Subramanian, A. M. (2014). When do firms benefit from university-industry R&D collaborations? The implications of firm R&D focus on scientific research and technological recombination. Journal of Business Venturing, 29(6), 807-821.

Subramanian, A. M., Lim, K., & Soh, P. H. (2013). When birds of a feather don't flock together: Different scientists and the roles they play in biotech R&D alliances. Research Policy, 42(3), 595-612.

Soh, P. H. (2010). Network patterns and competitive advantage before the emergence of a dominant design. Strategic Management Journal, 31(4), 438-461.

Zhang, J., Soh, P. h., & Wong, P. k. (2010). Entrepreneurial resource acquisition through indirect ties: Compensatory effects of prior knowledge. Journal of Management, 36(2), 511-536.

Zhang, J., Souitaris, V., Soh, P. H., & Wong, P. K. (2008). A contingent model of network utilization in early financing of technology ventures. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 32(4), 593-613.

Soh, P. H., & Subramanian, A. M. (2008). Is usage a missing link in explaining the perceived learning outcome of technology-mediated learning? IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 55(1), 50-66.

Soh, P. H., & Roberts, E. B. (2005). Technology alliances and networks: An external link to research capability. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 52(4), 419-428.

Soh, P. H., Mahmood, I. P., & Mitchell, W. (2004). Dynamic inducements in R&D investment: Market signals and network locations. Academy of Management journal. Academy of Management, 47(6), 907-917.

Soh, P. H. (2003). The role of networking alliances in information acquisition and its implications for new product performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 18(6), 727-744.

Soh, P. H., & Roberts, E. B. (2003). Networks of innovators: A longitudinal perspective. Research Policy, 32(9), 1569-1588.

books chapters and monographs

Soh, P. (2020). Resources. Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Oxford University Press (NY).

Soh, P., & Subramanian, A. (2019). Alliance Portfolios. Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Oxford University Press (NY).

Subramanian, A. M., Lim, K., & Soh, P. (2017). Bridging scientists and informal R&D collaborations: Implications for firm-level knowledge integration and patent performance. In Tell, F., Berggren, C., Brusoni, S., & Van de Ven, A. (Eds.), Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries (pp. 191-205). Oxford University Press.

Soh, P. (2016). Dominant designs. In Teece, D., & Augier, M. (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. Palgrave Macmillan.