Carlson School of Management

PK Toh


Assistant Professor
Strategic Mgmt/Entrepreneurship
3-364 CarlSMgmt

PK Toh is an Assistant Professor in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship department. His research examines firms’ management of technologies, using firms’ R&D activities as settings to study issues of firm heterogeneity and competitive strategies that are central to strategy research. His research papers have been published in leading academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal. He obtained his PhD in Strategy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2007, and a BBA (1st class honors) from the National University of Singapore in 1998. He is an Editorial Board member of Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategy Science, and Strategic Organization. He was awarded the 3M Corporation non-tenured faculty grant, Carlson School Research Award, Distinguished Paper Award (Best Paper) BPS Division Academy of Management 2013, finalist in Best Dissertation competition at the TIM Division Academy of Management 2008, Best Student Paper prize at the Strategic Management Society 2006, and multiple Best Reviewer awards. Prior to embarking on his academic career, he was a currency options trader at JPMorgan. He also has two piano performance diplomas (LTCL and FTCL) from the Trinity College of London.

Toh PK. 2013. The paradox of collaboration in inventive activities. Academy of Management Conference Best Paper Proceedings, BPS Division. Distinguished Paper Award (Best Paper) BPS Division, Academy of Management 2013.

Toh PK, Kim TK. 2013. Why put all your eggs in one basket? A competition-based view of how technological uncertainty affects a firm’s technological specialization. Organization Science, 24: 1214-1236.

Toh PK, Polidoro F. 2013. A competition-based explanation of collaborative invention within the firm. Strategic Management Journal, 34(10):1186-1208.

Toh PK. Chicken, or the egg, or both? The interrelationship between a firm’s inventor specialization and scope of technologies. Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.

Polidoro F, Toh PK. 2011. Letting rivals come close or warding them off? The effects of substitution threat on imitation deterrence. Academy of Management Journal, 54(2): 369-392

Clarkson G, Toh PK*. 2010. 'Keep out' signs: the role of deterrence in the competition for resources. Strategic Management Journal, 31(11):1202-1225. (* Authors' names in alphabetical order)

Toh PK. 2008. The mutually-reinforcing interrelationship between organization structure and firm resource. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, TIM Division.

Ahuja G, Toh PK. Three entries: 'Innovations', 'Radical Innovations', and 'Disruptive Innovations' in Hitt M. A. and Ireland R. D., (Ed) 2005. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management & Entrepreneurship

Organization Science Editorial Review Board

Strategic Management Journal Editorial Review Board

Strategy Science Editorial Review Board

Strategic Organization Editorial Review Board

2010-12. 3M Corporation non-tenured faculty grant.

Distinguished Paper Award (Best Paper), BPS Division, Academy of Management 2013

Carlson School of Management Annual Faculty Research Award 2012

2008. Finalist, Best Dissertation Award, TIM Division, Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim.

2006. Booz Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society PhD Fellowship for Best Student Paper Award, for the paper: Performance Effects of Resource Interdependence: A Study of Firms' Products and Process Innovations (with Gautam Ahuja)

2005, 2006. Best Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management

2005, 2008. Best Reviewer Award, TIM Division, Academy of Management

2005. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan Research Award

2005. Charles H. Gessner Fellowship, Michigan

2005. Center for International Business Education (CIBE) Fellowship, Michigan

1998. First-class Honors in Business (Finance)

1998. Dean's List, Business Administration - National University of Singapore

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Ph.D., 2007
University of Michigan

BBA (Honor), 1998
National University of Singapore


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