Sri Zaheer

Dean, Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Carlson Office of the Dean


  • BS 1973
    Physics Madras University

  • PGDBA(MBA) 1975
    Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

  • PhD 1992
    international management Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Technology and global organization
  • The legitimacy of multinational enterprises
  • Knowledge management
  • Time-based strategies
  • Cross cultural merger and acquisition
  • Globalization

Sri Zaheer joined the Carlson School in 1991 and most recently held the position of associate dean of faculty and research. Zaheer is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and is a former consulting editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. Her research centers around the risks faced by multinational corporations, and on the impact of technology on international location and organization. She has won several international awards for her research including the Barry Richman Award for the best interdisciplinary work in international management. Zaheer is a founding member of the International Academic Council of the Indian School of Business, set up by McKinsey, Kellogg, and Wharton in Hyderabad, India.

Selected Works

  • Dealing with information asymmetry in cross-border acquisitions Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings. Dastidar and S. Zaheer (2010).
  • "Building a Process Model of Local Adaptation of Practices: A Study of Six Sigma Implementation in Korean and US firms," Journal of International Business Studies (2010).
  • "Wall Street versus Main Street: Firm Strategies for defending legitimacy and their impact on different stakeholders," A. Lamin and S. Zaheer, Organization Science (forthcoming).
  • "Sense of Place: From location resources to MNE locational capital," S. Zaheer and L. Nachum, Inaugural issue of Global Strategy Journal, (forthcoming)
  • "Does it Matter Where Countries Are? Proximity to knowledge, markets and resources and MNE location choices," L. Nachum, S. Zaheer and S. Gross, Management Science, 54(7):1252-1265 (2008).
  • "Cluster capabilities or ethnic ties? Location choice by foreign and domestic entrants in the services offshoring industry in India", S. Zaheer, A. Lamin and M. Subramani, Journal of International Business Studies, 40(6): 944-968 (2009)
  • "Market Microstructure in a Global B2B Network," S. Zaheer and A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (2001).
  • "The Multinational Enterprise as an Organization," E. Westney and S. Zaheer, The Oxford Handbook of International Business, eds. Alan Rugman and Thomas L. Brewer (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • "Time Scales and Organizational Theory," S. Zaheer, S. Albert, and A. Zaheer, Academy of Management Review (1999). This article was chosen as one of the three best papers in the Academy of Management Review that year.
  • "The Dynamics of the Liability of Foreignness," S. Zaheer and E. Mosakowski, Strategic Management Journal (1997).
  • "Knowledge Retention and Personnel Mobility: The Nondisruptive Effects of Inflows of Experience," T. Madsen, E. Mosakowski, and S. Zaheer, Organization Science (2003).
  • "Creativity Under Constraint: Technological Imprinting and the Migration of Indian Business to the New Economy," S. Zaheer and R. Rajan, The Global Internet Economy, ed. Bruce Kogut (MIT Press, 2003).
  • "Identity Versus Culture in Mergers of Equals," S. Zaheer, M. S. Schomaker, and M. E. Genc, European Management Journal (2003).
  • "Concentration and Dispersion in Global Industries: Remote Electronic Access and the Location of Economic Activities," S. Zaheer and S. Manrakhan, Journal of International Business Studies (2001).
  • "Acceptable Risk: A Study of Global Currency Trading Rooms in the United States and Japan," S. Zaheer, The Performance of Financial Institutions, eds. S. Zenios and P. Harker (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • "Organizational Legitimacy under Conditions of Complexity: The Case of the Multinational Enterprise," T. Kostova and S. Zaheer, Academy of Management Review (1999).
  • "The Persistence of Distance? The Impact of Technology on MNE Motivations for Foreign Investment," L. Nachum and S. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (2005).
  • "Trust Across Borders," S. Zaheer and A. Zaheer, Journal of International Business Studies (2006).
  • "Catching the Wave: Alertness, Responsiveness, and Market Influence in Global Electronic Networks," A. Zaheer and S. Zaheer, Management Science (1997).
  • "Breaking the Silos: Distributed Knowledge and Strategic Responses to Volatile Exchange Rates," D. R. Lessard and S. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (1996).
  • "Overcoming the Liability of Foreignness," S. Zaheer, Academy of Management Journal (1995).
  • "Time-Zone Economies and Managerial Work in a Global World," S. Zaheer, Innovations in International and Cross-Cultural Management, eds. P. C. Earley and H. Singh (Sage, 2000).
  • "The Global Configuration of a Speculative Trading Operation: An Empirical Study of Foreign Exchange Trading," E. Mosakowski and S. Zaheer, Organization Science (1999).

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

  • Dean, Carlson School of Management

Honors and Awards

  • Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award, Academy of Management, International Management Division, 1992
  • Eldridge Haynes Prize for the best interdisciplinary work, Academy of International Business, 1994
  • Richard N. Farmer Best Dissertation Award, Academy of International Business, 1992

Scholarly Service

  • Fellow of the Academy of International Business
  • Chair, International Management Division, Academy of Management, 2001
  • Member, Founding International Academic Council, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
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