• Phone: 617-353-4289
  • E-Mail:  samina@bu.edu
  • Office: 651A
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University School of Management
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Samina Karim is one of the leading experts in the area of corporate restructuring and the reconfiguration of resources and market activities. She has also extensively studied post-acquisition integration, alliances, and the choice firms make to pursue acquisitions versus internal development. Professor Karim is especially interested in mobile devices and services, and has extensive experience in the medical sector both in her research and her previous work as an R&D engineer with Hewlett-Packard’s former medical products group. Her research has been published in several book chapters and in leading journals including Strategic Management Journal and Management Science.

She is currently the elected Associate Program Chair of the Competitive Strategy division of the global Strategic Management Society for 2014, and served as an elected executive committee member of the Business, Policy & Strategy division of the international Academy of Management for 2010-2012. Professor Karim is an active participant of the Organization Design Community and is Senior Editor of the Journal of Organization Design. Along with serving on the editorial boards of Organization Science, Strategic Organization and Strategy Science, she is an Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal.

Professor Karim teaches the core Strategy course in the MBA program, doctoral seminars in the Ph.D. program, and a variety of sessions in Executive Education. She has a Ph.D. in Corporate Strategy from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, a Masters in Applied Economics from University of Michigan’s Economics department, a Masters in Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

  • Education Open or Close

    Ph D, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Ross School of Business, Corporate Strategy and International Business, 2002.

    MAE, MAE, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Department of Economics, Applied Economics, 2000.

    EdM, EdM, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Education, 1995.

    BS, Cornell University, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, 1994.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Hoehn-Weiss, M., Karim, S., (2013). Unpacking functional alliance portfolios: How signals of venture viability affect new-venture outcome. Strategic Management Journal, published online(early view), July 8, 2013.

      Karim, S., (2012). Exploring structural embeddedness of product market activities and resources within business units. Strategic Organization, 10(4), 333-365.

      Karim, S., Williams, C., (2012). Structural knowledge: How executive experience with structural composition affects intrafirm mobility and structural change. Strategic Management Journal, 33(6), 681-709.

      Carroll, T., Karim, S., (2011). A framework of organisations as dynamic structures. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 3(3), 230-246.

      Karim, S., (2009). Business unit reorganization and innovation in new product markets. Management Science, 55(7), 1237-1254.

      Karim, S., (2006). Modularity in organizational structure: The reconfiguration of internally developed and acquired business units. Strategic Management Journal, 27(9), 799-823.

      Karim, S., Mitchell, W., (2004). Innovation through acquisition and internal development: A quarter-century of boundary evolution at Johnson & Johnson. Long Range Planning , 37(6), 525-547.

      Karim, S., Mitchell, W., (2000). Path-dependent and path-breaking change: Reconfiguring business resources following acquisitions in the U.S. medical sector, 1978-1995. Strategic Management Journal , 21(10-11), 1061-1081.

      Lee, C., Karim, S., Hoehn-Weiss, M., Complex architectures and firm performance: Using graph partitioning to study modular and integral structures. Received R&R at Strategic Management Journal,

    Book Chapters:

      Castaner, X., Karim, S., Castaner, X., Karim, S., (2013). Implementing acquirers’ synergistic intent: Cost reduction, revenue enhancement and bilateral interactions with the target. Mergers and Acquisitions: Practices, Performance and Perspectives, New York: Nova Publishers, pp 75-108.


      Carroll, T., Karim, S., (2009). Predicting Organizational Reconfiguration. New Approaches to Organization Design: Theory and Practice of Adaptive Enterprises., New York: Springer, pp 79-99.


      Karim, S., Mitchell, W., (2003). Path-dependent and path-breaking change: Reconfiguring business resources following acquisitions in the U.S. medical sector, 1978-1995. The SMS Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Capabilities: Emergence, Development and Change. Constance E. Helfat (ed.), Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp 218-252.


    Working Papers:

      Long, C., Carroll, T., Karim, S., Controlling routes to trust: How managers’ efforts to demonstrate their trustworthiness moderate the relationship between managerial controls and subordinate trust. : Received Second R&R at Academy of Management Journal.


      Dobrajska, M., Billinger, S., Karim, S., Decentralization of formal and real decision authority: An empirical investigation. : Received R&R at Organization Science.


      Karim, S., Carroll, T., Long, C., Delays on the road to prosperity: How firms realign through structural recombination when faced with turbulence. : Second R&R under review at Academy of Management Journal.


      Williams, C., Karim, S., Is unit spanning by executives associated with strategic change?. : Received R&R at Organization Science.


      Sonkova, M., Karim, S., Managing uncertainty: Executive appointments in foreign subsidiary environments. : Received R&R at Strategic Management Journal.


      Karim, S., Kaul, A., Structural recombination and innovation: Unlocking internal knowledge synergy through structural change. : Received Third R&R at Organization Science.


      Hoehn-Weiss, M., Karim, S., Karim, S., When partners give and take: How resource flows into and out of alliance portfolios affect firm performance. : Received R&R at Organization Science.


  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the School:

      School of Management, Strategy & Innovation Department, Committee Chair, Strategy Concentration Task Force (co-chair). (2013 - Present).

      School of Management, Strategy & Innovation Department, Course Coordinator, MBA core Strategy course (SI750). (2011 - Present).

      School of Management, Working Group/Task Force Participation, Committee Member, Junior Faculty Development Working Group. (2013 - 2013).

      School of Management, MBA Program, Committee Member, MBA Curriculum Redesign Committee. (2013 - 2013).

      School of Management, MBA Program, PDC Member, MBA Program Development Committee. (January 2009 - Present).

      School of Management, Other SMG Service Area, Program Organizer, Informal Junior Faculty "Ladies Lunches". (2007 - 2013).

      School of Management, Strategy & Innovation Department, Committee Member, Recruiting Committee. (September 1, 2006 - Present).

      School of Management, Faculty Policy or Development, FPC Member, Faculty Policy Committee. (September 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012).

      School of Management, MBA Program, Committee Member, Judge, MBA Talent Show. (May 1, 2012 - 2012).

      School of Management, Undergraduate Program, Member, Faculty Participant, School of Management Open House for prospective students. (April 1, 2004 - April 1, 2011).

      School of Management, DBA Program, PDC Member, Doctoral Program Development Committee. (2007 - 2010).

      School of Management, Strategy & Innovation Department, Faculty Director, Strategy Department Doctoral Program. (2007 - 2010).

      School of Management, Undergraduate Program, Faculty Director, General Management Concentration. (2007 - 2008).

      Student Organization, Student Org Advisor (Non-Professional Org), “SUNO” Hindi a cappella student vocal group. (2004 - 2006).

    Service to the Profession:

      International, Professional, Program Organizer, Competitive Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society. (2014 - 2014).

      International, Professional, Committee Member, Organizing Committee, Consortium for Cooperation and Competition (CCC) 2013 Annual Conference . (March 1, 2012 - March 1, 2013).

      International, Professional, Committee Member, Competitive Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society. (2012 - 2013).

      International, Professional, Committee Member, Executive Committee, BPS Divison, Academy of Management. (2010 - 2012).

      International, Professional, Program Organizer, BPS Doctoral Consortium (2011 & 2012), Academy of Management. (2010 - 2012).

      International, Professional, Committee Member, Organizing Committee, Strategy Research Forum 2011. (May 1, 2010 - May 1, 2011).

      International, Professional, Committee Member, Best Paper Awards Committee, TIM Divison, Academy of Management. (2011 - 2011).

      International, Professional, Committee Member, Research Committe, BPS Divison, Academy of Management. (2008 - 2010).

  • Conference ActivitiesOpen or Close

      Competitive Strategy Interest Group Sunday Sessions, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, (Associate Program Chair), Committee Chair. (September 21, 2014 - September 21, 2014).

      Organization Design Community Annual Conference, Organization Design Community, (co-chair), Committee Chair. (August 3, 2014 - August 3, 2014).

      Consortium for Cooperation and Competition (CCC) Annual Conference, Boston University, (co-organizer), Committee Member. (April 4, 2014 - April 6, 2014).

      Best PhD Paper Committee, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Committee Member. (September 28, 2013 - October 1, 2013).

      Consortium for Cooperation and Competition (CCC) Annual Conference, Kauffman Foundation, (co-organizer), Committee Member. (March 22, 2013 - March 24, 2013).

      Competitive Strategy Interest Group Meeting, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Committee Member. (October 7, 2012 - October 7, 2012).

      BPS Executive Committee Winter Meeting, Academy of Management, Committee Member. (March 3, 2012 - March 4, 2012).

      BPS Irwin Educator Award Reception 2012, Academy of Management Annual Conference, (Liaison from BPS Executive Committee), Committee Chair. (August 5, 2012 - August 5, 2012).

      BPS Doctoral Consortium 2012, Academy of Management Annual Conference, (Co-Chair), Committee Chair. (August 2, 2012 - August 4, 2012).

      Doctoral Workshop, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Panelist. (November 5, 2011 - November 5, 2011).

      Strategy Research Forum 2011, Strategy Research Forum, (Organizing Committee), Committee Member. (May 20, 2011 - May 22, 2011).

      BPS Executive Committee Winter Meeting, Academy of Management, Committee Member. (February 11, 2011 - February 12, 2011).

      BPS Irwin Educator Award Reception 2011, Academy of Management Annual Conference, (Liaison from BPS Executive Committee), Committee Chair. (August 14, 2011 - August 14, 2011).

      BPS Doctoral Consortium 2011, Academy of Management Annual Conference, (Co-Chair), Committee Member. (August 11, 2011 - August 13, 2011).

  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    Karim, S., Journal of Organization Design, Associate Editor, Appointed, Academic. (2013 - Present).

    Karim, S., Strategic Organization, Editorial Board Member, Appointed, Academic. (2012 - Present).

    Karim, S., Strategic Science, Editorial Board Member, Appointed, Academic. (July 1, 2013 - Present).

    Karim, S., Organization Science, Editorial Board Member, Appointed, Academic. (2009 - Present).

    Karim, S., Strategic Management Journal, Associate Editor, Appointed, Academic. (February 17, 2014 - Present).

    Karim, S., Strategic Management Journal, Editorial Board Member, Appointed, Academic. (2009 - 2013).

    Karim, S., Journal of Organization Design, Editorial Board Member, Appointed, Academic. (2012 - 2012).

  • Academic, Military and Professional PositionsOpen or Close

    Assistant Professor, Strategy and Innovation Department, Boston University School of Management. (September 2002 - Present).

    Visiting Scholar (on Sabbatical), Management Department, University of Illinois (at Urbana-Champaign). (September 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009).

    Instructor: Department of Corporate Strategy and International Business, University of Michigan Business School. (2000 - 2000).

    BBA strategy capstone course


  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

    Cited in Contra Costa Times - article "Safeway Executives Sell Stock After Runors of Buyout Offer", Service, Community. (October 25, 2013).

    Reuters - article "Why Airline Mergers are Inevitable", Service, Community. (October 9, 2013).

    Cited in Los Angeles Times - article "Nestle Sells Jenny Craig Weight-Loss Brand to Equity Firm", Service, Community. (November 7, 2013).

    Faculty Speaker at Graduate Commencement, Teaching. (May 17, 2013).

    Professor of the Year Award, MBA Cohort A, Teaching. (April 20, 2013).

    Cited in The Daily Free Press - article "Capital One Cafés Coming Soon", Service, Community. (November 29, 2012).

    Cited in New York Times (Sunday edition) - article "Concessions Entangle Universal’s Bid for EMI", Service, Community. (July 15, 2012).

    Best Symposium (awarded in 2010, for 2009 AoM), Careers Division of Academy of Management, Research. (2010).

    Outstanding Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management, Service, Professional. (August 1, 2009).

    Legacy Awards (senior class donations made in the name of a faculty member). (May 2007).

    Legacy Awards (senior class donations made in the name of a faculty member). (May 2005).

    Finalist in the Academy of Management BPS Division Outstanding Dissertation Competition (one of six). (August 2003).

    Finalist in the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition (one of eight). (November 2001).