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PK Toh

PK Toh
CBA 4.210 (512) 471-6704

Associate Professor


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PK Toh is an Associate Professor in the Management Department, McCombs School of Business. He received his PhD in Strategy from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2007. His research focuses on technology strategy, covering issues such as technological competition, technological development under uncertainty, organization of R&D, and other value creation and appropriation strategies. He has published in top-tier academic journals in the strategy field and won awards in both research and teaching. He is an Editorial Board member at Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategy Science, and Strategic Organization. Other than his academic qualifications, he also holds two advanced diplomas in piano performance – the Licentiate and Fellowship of the Trinity College, London. Prior to his academic career, he was a currency options trader at JP Morgan.


PK Toh and Cameron D. Miller. 2017. Pawn to Save a Chariot, or Drawbridge into the Fort? Firms' Disclosure During Standard Setting and Complementary Technologies within Ecosytems. Strategic Management Journal 38(11), 2213-2236.
PK Toh. 2014. Chicken, or the Egg, or Both? The Interrelationship Between a Firm's Inventor Specialization and Scope of Technologies. Strategic Management Journal 35(5), 723-738.
PK Toh and Francisco Polidoro. 2013. A Competition-Based Explanation of Collaborative Invention with the Firm. Strategic Management Journal 34(10), 1186-1208.
PK Toh. 2013. The Paradox of Collaboration in Inventive Activities [Distinguished Ppaer Award (Best Paper)], in Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, BPS Division,
PK Toh and Taekyu Kim. 2013. Why Put All Your Eggs in One Basket? A Competition-Based View of How Technological Uncertainty Affects a Firms' Technological Specialization. Organization Science 24(4), 1214-1236.
Francisco Polidoro and PK Toh. 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.
G. Clarkson and PK Toh. 2010. 'Keep Out' Signs: The Role of Deterrence in the Competition for Resources. Strategic Management Journal 31(11), 1202-1225.
PK Toh. 2008. The Mutually-Reinforcing Interrelationship Between Organization Structure and Firm Resource, in Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, TIM Division,
PK Toh and Gautam Ahuja. 2005. "Innovations," "Radical Innovations," and "Disruptive Innovations" [three entries], in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management -- Entrepreneurship, M. A. Hitt and R. D. Ireland, eds.

Professional Awards

Distinguished Paper Award (Best Paper), BPS Division, Academy of Management2013
3M Corporation Non-Tenured Faculty Grant2010
Carlson School of Management Annual Faculty Research Award2012
Finalist, Best Dissertation Award, TIM Division, Academy of Management2008
Booz Allen Hamilton / Strategic Management Society PhD Fellowship for Best Student Paper Award2006

Teaching Awards

Carolson School of Management Annual Teaching Award2014