Sonali Shah

Sonali Shah

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Robert and Karen May Faculty Fellow

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343 G Wohlers Hall

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Champaign, IL 61820

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sonali@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Management, Dissertation: Innovation & Product Development Within User Communities: Findings from Open Source Software and Consumer Sporting Goods, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
  • B.S.E., Magna Cum Laude, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • B.S.E., Magna Cum Laude, Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Positions Held

  • Member, Discovery Partners Institute, 2020-2020
  • Associate Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, 2018 to present
  • Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 to present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 2007-2014
  • Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois, 2003-2007,2014-2017
  • Associate, McKinsey & Co., 2000
  • Investment Banking Analyst, High Technology Group, Morgan Stanley & Company, 1996-1997

Recent Publications

  • Meade, A., Agarwal, R., Braguinsky, S., & Shah, S. Forthcoming. David Overshadows Goliath: Specializing in Generality for Internationalization in the Global Mobile Money Industry. Strategic Management Journal.
  • Shah, S., & , M. (2020). The Open Innovation in Science Research Field: A Collaborative Conceptualisation Approach Industry and Innovation, 1-50.
  • Shah, S., & Tripsas, M. (2020). User Entrepreneurs in Crises Situations: Innovators You Can Count On. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 14 (4), 566-569.
  • Shah, S., & Nagel, F. (2020). Why Do User Communities Matter for Strategy? Strategic Management Review, 1 (2), 305-353.

Other Publications

Articles

  • Shah, S., Agarwal, R., & Echambadi, R. (2019). Jewels in the Crown: Exploring the Motivations and Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs. Advances in Strategic Management, 40 (9), 1417-1452.
  • Sonka, S., Agarwal, ., & Shah, S. (2018). To Reduce Post-Harvest Loss, Start with a Sustaining End in Mind. Pyxera Global Engagement Forum, (Fall/Winter), 44-46.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Moeen, M. (2017). Athena's Birth: Triggers, Actors, and Actions Preceding Industry Inception. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11 287-305.
  • Shah, S., & Pahnke, E. (2014). Parting the Ivory Curtain: Understanding How Universities Support a Diverse Set of Startups. Journal of Technology Transfer, 39 (5), 780-792.
  • Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Shah, S. (2014). Knowledge Sources of Entrepreneurship: Firm Formation by Academic, User & Employee Innovators. Research Policy, 43 (7), 1109-1133.
  • Smith, S., & Shah, S. (2013). Do Innovative Users Generate More Useful Insights? An Analysis of Corporate Venture Capital Investments in the Medical Device Industry. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 7 (2), 151-167.
  • Shah, S. (2012). User & Community-Based Innovation: Findings & New Research Directions. White Paper for the New America Foundation.
  • Shah, S., Smith, S., & Reedy, E. (2012). Who Are User Entrepreneurs? Findings on Innovation, Founder Characteristics & Firm Characteristics. Kauffman Foundation Report.
  • Reedy, E., Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2012). Can't Find a Product or Service? Start a Company. Huffington Post.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2009). Individual & Opportunity Factors Influencing Job Creation in New Firms. Academy of Management Journal, 52 (6), 1125-1147.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2009). Pre-Entry Knowledge, Learning, and the Survival of New Firms. Organization Science, 20 (3), 516-537.
  • Shah, S., & Tripsas, M. (2007). The Accidental Entrepreneur: The Emergent and Collective Process of User Entrepreneurship. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1 (1-2), 123-140.
  • Corley, K., & Shah, S. (2006). Building Better Theory by Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide. Journal of Management Studies, 43 (8), 1821-1835.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Motivation, Governance and the Viability of Hybrid Forms in Open Source Software Development. Management Science, 52 (7), 1000-1014.
  • Franke, N., & Shah, S. (2003). How Communities Support Innovative Activities: An Exploration of Assistance and Sharing among End-Users. Research Policy, 32 (1), 157-178.
  • Sommers, F., & Shah, S. (2003). Effort on the Edge, Part 2: A Fact-Based Analysis of the JCP's Effectiveness. JavaWorld.
  • Shah, S. (2002). Article Summary: Open Source Software as Lead User's Make or Buy Decision: A Study of Open and Closed Source Quality. Technology Innovation & Intellectual Property Newsletter, 3.
  • Shah, S., & Sommers, F. (2002). Effort on the Edge, Part 1: Does the JCP Adequately Balance Innovation with Maintenance of Java's Standards? JavaWorld.

Book Chapters

  • Sonka, S., Agarwal, R., & Shah, S. (2018). The Post-Harvest Loss Paradox and Market Creation. Keeping Food on the Table in a Changing Climate.
  • Shah, S., & Gorbatai, A., Kimberly D. Elsbach and Roderick M. Kramer (Ed.) (2016). Structural Sampling: A Technique for Illuminating Social Systems. Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods ( pp. 251-261). New York: Taylor and Francis.
  • Shah, S., & Tripsas, M. (2016). When Do User-Innovators Start Firms? A Theory of User Entrepreneurship. Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation ( pp. 285-307). MIT Press.
  • Shah, S., & Mody, C., Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg (Ed.) (2014). Creating a Context for Entrepreneurship: Examining How Users' Technological and Organizational Innovations Set the Stage for Entrepreneurial Activity. Governing Knowledge Commons ( pp. 313-340). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Shah, S., C. Dibona, D. Cooper & M. Stone (Ed.) (2005). Open Beyond Software. Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution ( pp. 339-360). Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media.

Conference Proceedings

  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2008). Individual, Organizational and Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2008). Individual, Organizational and Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms. ( 20 ed vol. 28,). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2007). Knowledge Acquisition Activities, Prior Knowledge and Experience & the Survival of New Firms. ( 5 ed vol. 27,). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2006). Knowledge Related Success Factors on the Path from Unemployment to Entrepreneurship. ( 6 ed vol. 26,). Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
  • Shah, S. (2006). From Innovation to Firm Formation: Contributions by Sports Enthusiasts to the Windsurfing, Snowboarding & Skateboarding Industries. ( vol. 6,). Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Sports Engineering Association.
  • Shah, S. (2004). Understanding the Nature of Participation and Coordination in Open and Gated Source Software Development Communities. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Other Publications

  • Shah, S. (2003). Community-Based Innovation & Product Development: Findings from Open Source Software And Consumer Sporting Goods.

Presentations

  • Shah, S. (2021). Seminar Presentation. Boston University.
  • Shah, S. (2021). Seminar Presentation. Purdue University.
  • Shah, S. (2021). Seminar Presentation. University of California, Irvine.
  • Lee, H., & Shah, S. (2020). Lighting the Way: Illuminating How New Ventures in Nascent Industries Experiment. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
  • Lee, H., Shah, S., & Agarwal, R. (2020). Spinning an Entrepreneurial Career: Uncovering Motivational Pathways to Venture Success & Serial Entrepreneurship in the Disk Drive Industry. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Seo, E., Nagel, F., & Shah, S. (2020). A Little Help From My Friends: How Receiving Assistance Affects Participation in Online Knowledge-Sharing Communities. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2020). From Firm to Industry: Bridging Levels of Analysis in Qualitative Research in Entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2020). SMS Strategy & Entrepreneurship Interest Group. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
  • Lee, H., Shah, S., & Agarwal, R. (2019). Spinning an Entrepreneurial Career: Uncovering Motivational Pathways to Venture Success & Serial Entrepreneurship in the Disk Drive Industry. Industry Studies Association Annual Conference.
  • Lee, H., Shah, S., & Agarwal, R. (2019). Spinning an Entrepreneurial Career: Uncovering Motivational Pathways to Venture Success & Serial Entrepreneurship in the Disk Drive Industry. Stanford Qualitative/Case Research Workshop.
  • Lee, H., Shah, S., & Agarwal, R. (2019). Spinning an Entrepreneurial Career: Uncovering Motivational Pathways to Venture Success & Serial Entrepreneurship in the Disk Drive Industry. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
  • Lee, H., Shah, S., & Agarwal, R. (2019). Spinning an Entrepreneurial Career: Uncovering Motivational Pathways to Venture Success & Serial Entrepreneurship in the Disk Drive Industry. West Coast Research Symposium.
  • Meade, A., Agarwal, R., Braguinsky , S., & Shah, S. (2019). Pioneering Multi-Sided Digital Platforms: The Effect of Firm Characteristics and Platform Strategies on Pioneer Outcomes. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Moeen, M., Agarwal, R., & Shah, S. (2019). Building Industries by Building Knowledge: Uncertainty Reduction Over Industry Milestones. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2019). Novel Theory from Hot Topics. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2019). Seminar Presentation. Stanford University.
  • Shah, S. (2019). Seminar Presentation. Syracuse University.
  • Shah, S. (2019). Seminar Presentation. University of California, Berkeley.
  • Shah, S. (2019). Seminar Presentation. University of Oregon.
  • Shah, S. (2019). The Human Capital of Startups: Founding Team Dynamics. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2019). User-Inspired Research: Gaining Access. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal, R., & Sonka, S. (2019). A Time and a Place: Non-Profit Engagement in the Creation of Markets and Industry Emergence. Industry Studies Association Annaul Conference.
  • Ishva, M., & Shah, S. (2018). Corporate Front Groups and Impression Management: Coca-Cola’s Response to Obesity-Related Scientific Findings. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
  • Meade, A., Agarwal, R., Braguinsky, S., & Shah, S. (2018). Immortality Through Knowledge: The Role of Pioneering Firms in the Growth of Nascent Industries. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2018). Seminar Presentation. The University of Colorado Law School.
  • Shah, S. (2018). Teaching Industry Dynamics: Bringing in Entrepreneurship & Change. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2018). The Right Tool for the Task? Using Different Methodological Approaches to Better Understand Open Innovation. Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal, R., & Echambadi, R. (2018). Jewels in the Crown: Exploring the Motivations and Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs. Kenan Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference.
  • Shah, S., Meade, A., Agarwal, R., & Braguinsky , S. (2018). Immortality Through Knowledge: The Role of Pioneering Firms in the Growth of Nascent Industries. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2017). Firm Strategy in Nascent Industries: Advances and Opportunities.-Panelist. SMS Conference.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Sonka, S. (2017). A Time and a Place: Non-Profit Engagement in the Creation of Markets and Industry Emergence SMS Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2017). Interfaces of Individuals, Organizations & Institutions for the Creation of Markets & Industries Academy of Management 2017 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2017). Lean Startups: Emergent Management Practice and Further Research Agendas.” Academy of Management. Boston, MA. August 2012. Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Echambadi, R. (2017). Jewels in the Crown: Exploring the Motivations and Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Echambadi, R. (2017). Jewels in the Crown: Exploring the Motivations and Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs Strategic Management Society Special Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2017). Seminar Presentation. University of Maryland.
  • Shah, S. (2016). Lean Startups and Innovation Strategy: Towards a New Paradigm? Academy of Management 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2016). Lean Startups and Innovation Strategy: Towards a New Paradigm?Academy of Management. Annaheim, CA. August 2016. Academy of Management 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., & Mody, C. (2016). Making Sparks Fly: Understanding How Users Organize to Innovate. Academy of Management 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2016). Massachusetts Institute of Technology 50th Anniversary of Entrepreneurship Academic Colloquium. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Shah, S., & Winston Smith, S. (2015). What is the Right Stuff? Pre-Entry Knowledge, Invention & the Survival of Nascent High Technology Startups. Midwest Strategy Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2015). NSF-Wharton Knowledge Conference-Invited panel organizer. NSF Wharton Knowledge Conference.
  • Aksoy, D., & Shah, S. (2014). Does it Pay to be Open? Stock Market Responses to Contributions to the Commons. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., & Gorbatai, A. (2014). Together at Last: How Makerspaces Simultaneously Support Exploration and Exploitation. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., & Pahnke, E. (2014). Commercializing Innovative Insights: Entrepreneurial Origins and Innovation. New York University School of Law (Medical Workshop: User Innovation & Knowledge Commons.
  • Shah, S., & Park, D. (2014). Patterns in the Entry & Survival of De Novo Entrants over the Industry Life Cycle: Investigating the Contributions of Firms Founded by Academic-, Employee-, and User-Innovators in Medical Imaging. Industry Studies Conference.
  • Aksoy, D., & Shah, S. (2013). Does it Pay to be Open? Stock Market Responses to Contributions to the Commons. Industry Studies Conference.
  • Shah, S., & Mody, C. (2013). How Do Users Develop & Diffuse Their Innovations? Resources, New Social Structures & Scaffolding. Industry Studies Conference.
  • Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2013). What is the Right Stuff? Pre-Entry Knowledge, Technological Innovation & the Survival of Nascent High Technology Startups. BPS Division Executive Committee Meeting/Research Mini-Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2013). Seminar Presentation. University of California.
  • Shah, S. (2012). Lean Startups: Emergent Management Practice and Further Research Agendas. Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2012). Open Innovation as a Framework for Teaching Technology Commercialization Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., Smith, S., & Reedy, E. (2012). Who Are User Entrepreneurs? Findings on Innovation, Founder Characteristics & Firm Characteristics. Open & User Innovation Workshop.
  • Smith, S., & Shah, S. (2012). Seeking Novel Insights through CVC Investing: Do Relationships with Users Promote Knowledge Transfer. Open & User Innovation Workshop.
  • Smith, S., & Shah, S. (2012). Seeking Novel Insights through CVC Investing: Do Relationships with Users Promote Knowledge Transfer. Darden Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference.
  • Shah, S., & Mody, C. (2011). Innovation, Social Structure & the Creation of New Industries. Convening Cultural Commons Workshop – NYU School of Law.
  • Smith, S., & Shah, S. (2011). Corporate Venture Capital as a Window on Technology: Transferring Complementary Knowledge Between Users and Incumbent Firms in the Medical Device Industry. West Coast Research Symposium.
  • Shah, S. (2011). The Mirroring Hypothesis in Open Production Context. Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2011). The Mirroring Hypothesis in Open Production Context.” Academy of Management. San Antonio, TX. August 2011. Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting.
  • Smith, S., & Shah, S. (2011). Knowledge Transfer Between Start-Ups and Established Firms in the Medical Device Industry. Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2011). User Entrepreneurship. Open & User Innovation Workshop.
  • Smith, S., & Shah, S. (2011). Knowledge Transfer Between Users and Established Firms: CVC Investment and Physician-Entrepreneurs in the Medical Device Industry. Open & User Innovation Workshop.
  • Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2011). Intellectual Property, Prior Knowledge & the Survival of New Firms. Wharton Technology Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2011). Seminar Presentation. Stanford University.
  • Shah, S. (2011). Seminar Presentation. Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Shah, S. (2011). TIES 50th Anniversary Research Conference. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2010). Intellectual Property, Prior Knowledge & New Firm Survival. INFORMS Conference.
  • Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2010). Prior Knowledge, Intellectual Property & New Firm Performance. Strategic Management Society 2010 Annual Conference.
  • Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2010). Prior Knowledge, Intellectual Property and New Firm Survial. West Coast Research Symposium.
  • Shah, S. (2010). Engaging Themes Thought Leader Winners’ Roundtable. Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2010). Engaging Themes Thought Leader Winners’ Roundtable.-Panelist. Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference.
  • Shah, S., & Smith, S. (2010). Prior Knowledge, Intellectual Property & New Firm Performance. University of Maryland Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2010). Seminar Presentation. Oregon State University.
  • Shah, S., & Gomulya, D. (2009). Revisiting Generalized Exchange: Extending Theory to Understand Wikipedia, Open Source and Other Collaborative Communities. Academy of Management 2009 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., Wagstrom, P., & Herbsleb, J. (2009). Cooperative Resource Exchange & Value Creation Through Open Technology Platforms. Academy of Management 2009 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2009). Seminar Presentation. ETH Zurich.
  • Shah, S. (2009). Seminar Presentation. Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
  • Fauchart, E., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2008). The Influence of Founder Identity on Opportunity Identification Processes and Opportunity Exploitation Strategies. West Coast Research Symposium.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2008). Individual, Organizational & Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms. Academy of Management 2008 Annual Meeting.
  • Fauchart, E., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2008). Founder Identity, Opportunity Identification & Firm Heterogeneity. User and Open Innovation Workshop.
  • Shah, S. (2008). User-Inspired Research: Gaining Access. Academy of Management 2008 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., & Gomulya, D. (2008). Revisiting Generalized Exchange: Extending Theory to Understand Wikipedia, Open Source & Other Collaborative Communities. User and Open Innovation Workshop.
  • Shah, S., & Tripsas, M. (2008). The Accidental Entrepreneur: The Emergent and Collective Process of User Entrepreneurship. User and Open Innovation Workshop.
  • Shah, S., Wagstrom, P., & Herbsleb, J. (2008). Cooperative Resource Exchange & Value Creation Through Open Technology Platforms. User and Open Innovation Workshop.
  • Shah, S., Dencker, J., & Gruber, M. (2008). Individual, Organizational and Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms. Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions & Entrepreneurship.
  • Shah, S., Wagstrom, P., & Herbsleb, J. (2008). Value Creation & Cooperative Resource Exchange Through Open Technology Platforms. Industry Studies Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2008). Innovation Communities: A Path From Innovation to Market Formation. University of Maryland Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
  • Shah, S., Gruber, M., & Fauchart, E. (2008). The Influence of Founder Identity on Opportunity Identification Processes & Opportunity Exploitation Strategies. University of Southern California Greif Research Symposium.
  • Shah, S. (2008). Fundamentals: Open and Proprietary Innovation Regimes-invited speaker. DRUID Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2008). Seminar Presentation. Washington University.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2007). Knowledge Acquisition Activities, Prior Knowledge and Experience & the Survival of New Firms. Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2007). Coordination Mechanisms in Innovation Communities: Firm vs. Volunteer Focused Processes. Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2007). From Innovation to Firm & Industry Formation: "Innovation Communities" in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding Industries. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., & Tripsas, M. (2007). End-User Entrepreneurship: An Emergent & Collective Process. Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2007). Knowledge Acquisition Activities, Prior Knowledge and Experience & the Survival of New Firms. Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions & Entrepreneurship.
  • Shah, S. (2007). From Innovation to Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding and Snowboarding Industries. EGOS Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2007). Innovation Communities: A Path from Innovation to Firm & Market Formation. Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions & Entrepreneurship.
  • Shah, S. (2007). Innovation Communities: A Path from Innovation to Firm and Market Formation. Strategic Research Forum.
  • Dencker, J., Gruber, M., & Shah, S. (2007). Pre-Entry Knowledge, Learning & the Survival of New Firms. Conference for the Organization Science Special Issue on Strategic Renewal.
  • Shah, S. (2007). From Innovation to Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding and Snowboarding Industries. University of Utah-BYU Winter Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2007). Seminar Presentation. University of Twente.
  • Shah, S. (2007). Seminar Presentation. University of Washington.
  • Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Shah, S. (2006). The Knowledge Context & The Entrepreneurial Process: Academic, User & Employee Entrepreneurship. Strategic Management Society Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Overcoming Challenges When Conducting Research In Entrepreneurship. Strategic Management Society Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Overcoming Challenges When Conducting Research In Entrepreneurship.-Panelist. Strategic Management Society.
  • Shah, S. (2006). From Innovation To Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding & Snowboarding Industries. User Innovation Summer Workshop.
  • Shah, S. (2006). From Innovation To Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding & Snowboarding Industries. International Sports Engineering Association Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2006). From Innovation To Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding & Snowboarding Industries. Conference in Honor of Michael Gort.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Seminar Presentation. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Seminar Presentation. London Business School.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Seminar Presentation. Purdue University.
  • Shah, S. (2006). Seminar Presentation. Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration.
  • Shah, S. (2005). Open Beyond Software. Academy of Management 2017 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2005). Users & Industry Emergence. User Innovation Summer Workshop.
  • Shah, S. (2005). Attracting & Retaining Volunteer Software Developers. Wharton Technology Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2005). From Innovation to Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding Industries. Qualitative Research Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2005). Seminar Presentation. Max Planck Institute for Economics.
  • Shah, S. (2004). From Innovation to Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding Industries. College on Organization Science Fall Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2004). Understanding the Nature of Participation & Coordination in Open and Gated Source Software Development Communities. Academy of Management 2004 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2004). Understanding the Nature of Participation & Coordination in Open and Gated Source Software Development Communities. Academy of Management 2004 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2004). Users & Their Communities as Agents of Product & Market Change: From Innovation to Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding Industries. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S., & Tripsas, M. (2004). When Do User-Innovators Start Firms? Towards a Theory of User Entrepreneurship. Academy of Management 2004 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2004). Users & Their Communities as Agents of Product & Market Change: From Innovation to Firm Formation in the Windsurfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding Industries. Society of Entrepreneurship Scholars Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2004). Seminar Presentation-Sociology Department. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Why Do Individuals Contribute to Community Managed Software Projects? Academy of Management 2003 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Working Outside the Firm: Voluntary Contributions to Community Managed Software Projects. Academy of Management 2003 Annual Meeting.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Motivation & Coordination in Free/Open Source Software Communities. Harvard Business School-MIT Open Source Software Conference.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Motivation & Coordination in Free/Open Source Software Communities. User Innovation Summer Workshop.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Seminar Presentation. New York University.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Seminar Presentation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Business Administration.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Seminar Presentation. University of Sussex, Science & Technology Policy Research Unit.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Seminar Presentation. Cambridge University.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Seminar Presentation. Cornell University.
  • Shah, S. (2003). Seminar Presentation. Georgetown University.

Working Papers

  • Nagle, F., Seo, E., & Shah, S. A Little Help from My Friends: How Receiving Assistance Affects Participation in Online Knowledge-Sharing Communities.
  • Meade, A., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., Braguinsky, S., & Shah, S. Immortality Through Knowledge: The Role of Pioneering Firms in the Growth of Nascent Industries.
  • Shah, S., & Mody, C. Making Sparks Fly: Understanding How Users Organize to Innovate.
  • Shah, S., Agarwal-Tronetti, R., & Echambadi, R. Jewels in the Crown: Exploring Motivations and Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs.

Honors and Awards

  • Robert & Karen May Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, Gies College of Business, 2019 to present
  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois, 2017
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, 2015-2017

Grants

  • Foundation for Food and Agriculture Security Grant, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Security, 2019-2019
  • Senior Faculty Research Grant, University of Illinois, Department of Business Administration, 2019-2019
  • Crafting an Entrepreneurial Career: Investigating the Motivations & Team Building Processes of Employee Entrepreneurs, Campus Research Board, 2018-2018
  • Rockefeller Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Foundation, 2018-2018
  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois, 2017-2017
  • Corporate Front Groups and Impression Management: Coca-Cola's Response to Obesity-Related Activism, Campus Research Board, 2016
  • Junior Faculty Council Grant, Department of Business Administration, Junior Faculty Council, 2016
  • Sloan Research Grant, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2013-2014
  • Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2008-2010
  • Kauffman Foundation Grant, 2005
  • MIT Graduate Student Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997-2001
  • Ronald A. Kurtz Graduate Student Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997

Service

  • Board Member, Consortium on Competitiveness & Cooperation (CCC), 2019 to present
  • Board Member, Industry Studies Association, 2018 to present
  • Editorial Review Board, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2015 to present
  • Editorial Review Board, Organization Science, 2011 to present
  • Chair Track, Technology & Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management, 2020-2025
  • Emerging Scholar Award Committee, Industry Studies Association, 2020-2020
  • Invited Panelist/Mentor, STR Doctoral Student Consortium. Academy of Management, 2020-2020
  • Membership Committee, Industry Studies Association, 2019-2020
  • Editorial Review Board, Academy of Management Review, 2017-2020
  • Invited Panelist/Mentor, Early Career Professional Development Workshop. Industry Studies Association, 2017-2017, 2019-2019, 2020-2020
  • Track Chair, Open & User Innovation Conference, 2019-2019
  • Invited Panelist/Mentor, TIM Doctoral Student Consortium. Academy of Management, 2019-2019
  • Best Dissertation Awards Committee Member, TIM Best Dissertation Awards Committee, 2017
  • Best Dissertation Awards Committee Member, Industry Studies Association, 2013-2014, 2017

Teaching Interests

Teaches in the areas of strategy, innovation management, organization design, and qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

Research interests span innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy.

Current Courses

  • Entrep: New Venture Creation (BADM 446) Focuses on the opportunities, risks, and management problems involved in establishing and operating new ventures. Covers the steps included in starting a new venture, such as evaluating the opportunity, determining financial and operational requirements and resources, and deciding on the structure of the organization. Includes management issues faced by individual entrepreneurs.

  • Business Policy and Strategy (BADM 449) Analysis of policy formulation and implementation from a company-wide standpoint; emphasis on integration of knowledge and approaches across functional areas; both endogeneous and exogeneous factors which affect company policies; and the role of the firm in society.

  • Entrepreneurship (BADM 590) Special topics in the general area of business. Topics are selected by the instructor at the beginning of each term.

Contact

343 G Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-9557

sonali@illinois.edu

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