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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. 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,
  2. The influence of technological links, social ties and incumbent firm opportunistic propensity on the formation of corporate venture capital deals
    Journal Article:Kim, J. & Steensma, H.K., (2017). Journal of Management,
  3. 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,
  4. 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,
  5. 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,
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Combined Effects of Organizational and Professional Identification on the Reciprocity Dynamic for Professional Employees
    Journal Article:Hekman, D.R., Bigley, G.A., Steensma, K., & Hereford, J.F., (2009). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 52(3), pp. 506-526.
  14. Effects of Social Identification on the Relationship Between Administrators’ Influence and Professional Employees’ Adoption of New Work Behavior
    Journal Article:Hekman, D.R., Steensma, K., Bigley, G.A., & Hereford, J.F., (2009). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 94, pp. 1325-1335.

PhD Student Collaborators

Charles Connaughton

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