• PhD Strategy, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  • MA Applied Economics, University of Michigan
  • EdM Education, Harvard University 
  • BS Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

Research & Teaching Interests

Karim's research focuses on acquisitions and alliances, corporate restructuring and organization design, and innovation through reconfiguration and redeployment of resources and activities. Her teaching is in the areas of corporate and global strategies, innovation strategies for established firms, and competitive strategy.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Karim taught at Boston University's Strategy & Innovation Department for thirteen years. Earlier in her career, she worked as an R&D software engineer with Hewlett-Packard's medical products group.

Services to the Profession

  • President, CCC, Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation (2023-2026)
  • Division Chair 2020, Strategic Management Division, Academy of Management (leadership 2016-2021)
  • IG Chair 2016, Competitive Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society (leadership 2014-2016)
  • Board Member, CCC, Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation (2016-2023)
  • Conferences Organized: CRS (2017, 2018); ODC (2014); CCC (2013, 2014); BPS Doctoral Consortium (2011, 2012); SRF (2011)

Selected Publications

  • Boyacioglu, Beril, Mahmut Özdemir and Samina Karim. “Acqui-hires: Redeployment and retention of human capital post-acquisition.” Strategic Management Journal.
  • Task and resource bottlenecks: A holistic examination of task systems through an organization design lens
    Samina Karim, Lee, C., Hoehn-Weiss, M.
    Strategic Management Journal
  • The power of modularity today: 20 years of “Design Rules”
    Brusoni, S., Henkel, J., Jacobides, M.G., Samina Karim, MacCormack, A., Puranam, P., Schilling, M.
    Industrial and Corporate Change
  • A knowledge recombination perspective of innovation: Review and new research directions
    Xiao, T., Makhija, M., Samina Karim
    Journal of Management
  • Competing both ways: How combining Porter's low-cost and focus strategies hurts firm performance
    Lee, C., Hoehn-Weiss, M., Samina Karim
    Strategic Management Journal

Selected Presentations

  • INSPER (Sao Paolo, Brazil). Apr 2025e.
  • ESSEC (Cergy, France). Nov 2024e.
  • Harvard University (HBS, Cambridge, MA). Nov 2024e.
  • Fordham University (New York City, NY). Apr 2024.
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore). Mar 2024.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton, Philadelphia, PA). Dec 2023.
  • London Business School (London, United Kingdom). Nov 2023.
  • University of Miami (Miami, FL). Oct 2023
  • Baruch College (NYC, NY). May 2023
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC). Mar 2023
  • University of Texas – Austin (Austin, TX). Nov 2022
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). Oct 2022.
  • University of Colorado (Boulder, CO). Oct 2022.

Awards, Grants, and Other Honors

  • 2023 SMJ Best Paper Prize, “Karim, Samina and Will Mitchell (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.”

Editorial Positions

  • Organization Science: Deputy Editor (2020-Present)
  • Strategic Management Journal: Associate Editor (2014-2020)
  • Journal of Organization Design: Senior Editor (2013-2017)
  • Strategic Organization: Editorial Board Member (2012-Present)
  • Strategy Science: Editorial Board Member (2013-Present)