Pek Soh

Professor, Strategy / Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Area Coordinator, Strategy


Room: SGL 3905

Phone: 778.782.7921


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 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.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

articles and reports

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.

O'Donnell, L., Soh, P., & Maine, E. (2012). New ventures BC economic impact and entrepreneurial research project.

Zhang, J., Soh, P. H., & Wong, P. k. (2011). Direct ties, prior knowledge, and entrepreneurial resource acquisitions in China and Singapore. International Small Business Journal, 29(2), 170-189.

Yu, J., Liu, H., & Soh, P. H. (2011). Building collaboration networks for 3G system development, attempts from China. International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 10(2-4), 151-166.

Subramanian, A. M., & Soh, P. H. (2010). An empirical examination of the science-technology relationship in the biotechnology industry. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M, 27(3-4), 160-171.

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.

Soh, P. H., & Yu, J. (2010). Institutional environment and complementary assets: Business strategy in China's 3G development. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 27(4), 647-675.

Subramanian, A. M., & Soh, P. H. (2009). Contributing knowledge to knowledge repositories: Dual role of inducement and opportunity factors. Information Resources Management Journal, 22(1), 45-62.

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.

Subramanian, A., & Soh, P. (2008). Knowledge integration and effectiveness of open source software development projects. IIMB Management Review, 20(2), 139-148.

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.

Ang, J., & Soh, P. H. (1997). User information satisfaction, job satisfaction and computer background: An exploratory study. Information and Management, 32(5), 255-266.

Ang, J., & Soh, P. (1995). The Singapore Government's role in national computerization efforts. Behaviour and Information Technology, 14(6), 361-369.

books chapters and monographs

Soh, P., & Subramanian, A. (2019). Alliance Portfolios. New York, New York, United States: 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, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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

Related Teaching Material

Peng, M., Zhu, Y., & Soh, P. (2016). Indigenous reverse innovation from the base of the pyramid (Integrative case 1.1). In Peng, M., & Peng, M. (Eds.), Global Business, 4th edition. Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Cengage Learning.

Soh, P., Teo, T., & Teo, D. (2000). Mustafa online: The one stop shopping centre. In Issues and Challenges in E-Commerce: A Casebook. Singapore, Singapore, Republic of: McGraw-Hill: Singapore.

Soh, P. (2000). Ma Yang Investments Pte Ltd: QuestIT - Singapore's first computer playground. Singapore, Singapore, Republic of: Prentice Hall: Singapore.