Pek Soh

  • Professor, Strategy / Technology and Operations Management
  • Area Coordinator, Strategy
  • 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 4361
    Burnaby Phone: 778.782.5543

    Email Address: pek-hooi_soh@sfu.ca

    Curriculum Vitae: View

    Biography

    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.

    Research Interests

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

    Selected Publications

    Articles and Reports

    Pu, M., & Soh, P. (2018). The role of dual embeddedness and organizational learning in subsidiary development. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(2), 373-397. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-017-9513-4

    Subramanian, A. M., & Soh, P. (2017). Linking alliance portfolios to recombinant innovation: The combined effects of diversity and alliance experience. Long Range Planning, 50(5), 636-652. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2016.11.001

    Maine, E., Soh, P., & Dos Santos, N. (2015). The role of entrepreneurial decision-making in opportunity creation and recognition. Technovation, 39-40, 53-72. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2014.02.007

    Soh, P., & Subramanian, A. (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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.11.001

    Subramanian, A. M., Lim, K. H., & Soh, P. (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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2012.12.002

    O'Donnell, L., Soh, P., & Maine, E. (2012). New ventures BC economic impact and entrepreneurial research project. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: New Ventures BC.

    Zhang, J., Soh, P., & Wong, P. (2011). Direct ties, prior knowledge and entrepreneurial resource acquisitions in China and Singapore. International Small Business Journal, 29(2), 1-20. http://doi.org/10.1177/0266242610391931

    Yu, J., Liu, H., & Soh, P. (2011). Building collaboration networks for 3G development, attempts from China. International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 10(2/3/4), 151-166. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJITM.2011.042585

    Soh, P., & Yu, J. (2010). Institutional environment and complementary assets: Business strategy in China's 3G development. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 27(4), 647-675. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-008-9121-4

    Soh, P. (2010). Network patterns and competitive advantage before the emergence of a dominant design. Strategic Management Journal, 31(4), 438-461. http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.819

    Zhang, J., Soh, P., & Wong, P. (2010). Entrepreneurial resource acquisition through indirect ties: Compensatory effects of prior knowledge. Journal of Management, 36(2), 511-536. http://doi.org/10.1177/0149206308329963

    Subramanian, A., & Soh, P. (2010). An empirical examination of the science-technology relationship in the biotechnology industry. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 27(3/4), 160-171. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2010.06.003

    Subramanian, A., & Soh, P. (2009). Contributing knowledge to knowledge repositories: Dual role of inducement and opportunity factors. Information Resources Management Journal, 22(1), 45-62. http://doi.org/10.4018/irmj.2009010103

    Zhang, J., Souitaris, V., Soh, P., & Wong, P. (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., Mahmood, I. P., & Mitchell, W. G. (2004). Dynamic inducements in R&D Investment: Market signals and network locations. Academy of Management Journal, 47(6), 727-744.

    Soh, P. (2003). The role of networking alliances in information acquisition and its implications for new product performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 18(6), 907-917.

    Soh, P., & Roberts, E. B. (2003). Networks of innovators: A longitudinal perspective. Research Policy, 32(9), 1537-1717.

    Ang, J., & Soh, P. (1997). User information satisfaction, job satisfaction and computer background: an exploratory study. Information and Management, 32(5), 255–266. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-7206(97)00030-X

    Ang, J., & Soh, P. (1995). The Singapore Government's role in national computerization efforts. Behaviour and Information Technology, 14(6), 361-369. http://doi.org/10.1080/01449299508914655

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

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    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. http://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785972.003.0012

    Soh, P. (2016). Dominant designs. In Teece, D., & Augier, M. (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. New York, New York, United States: Palgrave Macmillan. http://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-94848-2_387-1

    Teaching Related 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.

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