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Kevin Steensma
Office: 524
Phone: 206-543-4897
Fax: 206-543-3968

Curriculum vitae:

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

In today’s fast-paced technological environment, many firms need to rely on other firms as a source of technological know-how. Those firms that are proficient at forming and managing such alliances will gain a competitive advantage over those less capable.

Kevin Steensma

Professor of Management
Michael G. Foster Endowed Professor


PhD Indiana University
MBA Washington State University
BS Washington State University

Academic Expertise

competitive strategy
global business
strategic alliances
technology and innovation strategy

Current Research

Formation and performance of technology alliances, International strategic alliances, Influence of national culture on cooperation, Emerging economies

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2000
Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University, 1997-2000

Selected Publications

  1. When do collaborative first moves diminish nationality-based homophilic preferences? An examination of Chinese venture capital investment syndicates
    Journal Article:Xia, W., Steensma, H.K., Bai, X., (2023). Administrative Science Quarterly,
  2. The influence of patent assertion entities on inventor behavior
    Journal Article:Chari, M., Steensma, H.K., Connaughton, C., Heidl, R., (2022). Strategic Management Journal,
  3. Clustering and connectedness: How inventor network configurations within incumbent firms influence their assimilation and absorption of new venture technologies
    Journal Article:Kim, J., Steensma, H.K., Heidl, R., (2021). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 64, pp. 1527-1552.
  4. Previous and prospective career mobility, client capture, and compromised professional judgment: The withholding of known relevant prior art by patent lawyers on behalf of their clients
    Journal Article:Chari, M., Steensma, H.K., Connaughton, C., (2020). Organization Science, Vol. 31, pp. 489-507.
  5. Technological links, social ties, incumbent firm opportunistic propensity and the formation of CVC deals
    Journal Article:Kim, J., Steensma, H.K., Park, H.D., (2019). Journal of Management, Vol. 45, pp. 1595-1622.
  6. Spin-outs and spillback: How incumbent firms learn from those that have learned from them
    Journal Article:Kim, J., Steensma, H.K., (2017). Strategic Management Journal,
  7. Learning to Collaborate Through Collaboration: How Allying with Expert Firms Influences Collaborative Innovation in Novice Firms
    Journal Article:Howard, M., Steensma, H.K., Lyles, M., Dhanaraj, (2016). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 37,
  8. A Comparative Analysis of Patent Assertion Entities in Markets for Intellectual Property Rights
    Journal Article:Steensma, H.K., Chari, M., & Heidi, R.,, (2016). Organization Science, Vol. 27,
  9. The quest for expansive property rights and the failure to disclose known relevant prior art
    Journal Article:Steensma, H.K., Chari, M., & Heidi, R., (2015). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 35,
  10. The Influence of Tie Strength Inequality Across Partner Pairs on the Dissolution of Multipartner Alliances
    Journal Article:Heidl, R., Steensma, H.K., & Phelps, C., (2014). Organization Science, Vol. 25, pp. 1351-1371.
  11. Where to explore? Drawing on the guidance of knowledge spillover recipient firms to expand knowledge boundaries
    Journal Article:Yang, H., & Steensma, K., (2014). Research Policy, Vol. 43, pp. 1496-1507.
  12. Theories of work and working today: Introduction to special topic forum
    Journal Article:Okhuysen, Lepak, Ashcraft, Labianca, Smith, Steensma., (2013). Academy of Management Review, Vol. 38, pp. 491-502.
  13. The selection and nurturing effects of corporate investors on new venture innovativeness
    Journal Article:Park, D., & Steensma, K., (2013). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 7, pp. 311-330.
  14. When does corporate venture capital add value for new ventures?
    Journal Article:Park, D., & Steensma, K., (2012). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 33, pp. 1-22.
  15. The compensatory relationship between absorptive capacity, social embeddedness and learning from an alliance
    Journal Article:Steensma, H.K., Howard, M.D., Lyles, M., & Dhanaraj, C., (2012). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 6, pp. 291-306.
  16. Learning From What Others Have Learned From You: The Positive Effects of Technological Spillovers on Originating Firms
    Journal Article:Yang, H., Phelps, C., & Steensma, K., (2010). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 53, pp. 371-389.

Honors and Awards

Dean's Faculty Research Award, 2010
Ph.D. Outstanding Mentor Award, 2006
Dean's International Research Award, 2003
Dean's Entrepreneurship Research Award, 2002
Dean's Junior Faculty Research Award, 2001
Licensing Executives Society Research Fellowship, 1996
Finalist in INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, 1995