Aks Zaheer

Aks Zaheer

Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Education:

  • PhD 1992
    Strategic Management Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PGDBA (MBA) 1975
    Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • BA 1973
    Honors, Economics St. Stephen's College, Delhi University

Expertise:

  • Interfirm networks, location, geography and knowledge transfer
  • The performance implications of interfirm networks creating innovative and other firm-level capabilities in global electronic markets and in geographical clusters
  • The antecedents and consequences of trust in organization and in interfirm exchange
  • Cross-level issues in time scales, trust, and networks
  • Dynamics of social structure
  • Strategic decision making in uncertain business environments

Biography

Aks Zaheer received his PhD in strategic management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Master's in Business from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. His current research examines the antecedents and consequences of interfirm and organizational networks, the antecedents and consequences of trust in organizations and in interfirm exchange, phenomena such as innovation and strategic alliances, in contexts such as healthcare and medical devices, among others. He has published in many journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Academy of Management Journal, receiving the School's Outstanding Research Award in 2014. He is an elected Fellow and Deputy Dean of the Fellows of the Strategic Management Society, and will serve as Dean of the Fellows in 2021-22. He was named the Outstanding Core Teacher of the Year for the Full-Time MBA Program in 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011; received the Curtis Cup Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006 and 2015 for Carlson Executive MBA teaching, in 2018 for the Outstanding Professor in the Carlson School's Vienna Executive MBA Program, Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2014, commended for teaching excellence in Business Week's guide to the 50 Top Business Schools in 1997 and named one of the World's 50 Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants in 2012.


Selected Works & Activities.

  • “How Leaders around the World Build Trust across Cultures,” Harvard Business Review, 2019, M. Javidan and A. Zaheer
  • "Ego-Network Stability and Innovation in Alliances" Academy of Management Journal, 2019, P. Kumar and A. Zaheer
  • “Determinants of Alliance Partner Choice: Network Distance, Managerial Incentives and Board Monitoring,” Strategic Management Journal, 2018. R. Kang & A. Zaheer
  • “How Family Influence, Socioemotional Wealth, and Competitive Conditions Shape New Technology Adoption,” Strategic Management Journal, 2017. D. Souder, A. Zaheer, H. Sapienza and R. Ranucci
  • "Mutual and Exclusive: Dyadic Sources of Trust in Interorganizational Exchange," Organization Science, 2017. B. McEvily, A. Zaheer and D. Fudge Kamal
  • "Centralization of Intra-Group Equity Ties and Business Group Affiliate Performance," Strategic Management Journal, 2017. I.P. Mahmood, H. Zhu, A. Zaheer
  • "Alliance Partners and Firm Capability: Evidence from the Motion Picture Industry," Organization Science, 2015. R. Vandaie and A. Zaheer
  • "Asymmetric Learning Capabilities and Stock Market Returns," Academy of Management Journal, 2015. H. Yang, Y. Zheng and A. Zaheer
  • "Surviving Bear Hugs: Firm Capability, Large Partner Alliances and Growth," Strategic Management Journal, 2014, Strategic Management Journal," R. Vandaie and A. Zaheer
  • "The Embeddedness of Networks: Institutions, Structural Holes, and Innovativeness in the Fuel Cell Industry," Organization Science, 2013, G. Vasudeva, A. Zaheer and E. Hernandez
  • "The Genesis and Dynamics of Organizational Networks," Organization Science, 2012, G. Ahuja, G. Soda and A. Zaheer.
  • "A Network Perspective on Organizational Architecture: Performance Effects of the Interplay of Formal and Informal Organization," Strategic Management Journal, 2012, G. Soda and A. Zaheer
  • "Prior Alliances with Targets and Acquisition Performance in Knowledge Intensive Industries," Organization Science, 2010, A. Zaheer, E. Hernandez and S. Banerjee
  • "Network Evolution: The Origins of Structural Holes," Administrative Science Quarterly, 2009, A. Zaheer and G. Soda
  • "Repairing Relationships Within and Between Organizations: Building a Conceptual Foundation," Academy of Management Review, 2009, K.T. Dirks, R.J. Lewicki, and A. Zaheer
  • "Geography, Networks, and Knowledge Flow," G. Bell and A. Zaheer, Organization Science (2007).
  • "Trust Across Borders," S. Zaheer and A. Zaheer, Journal of International Business Studies (2006).
  • "Benefiting from Network Position: Firm Capabilities, Structural Holes, and Performance," A. Zaheer and G. Bell, Strategic Management Journal (2005).
  • "Network Memory: The Effect of Past and Current Networks on Performance," G. Soda, A. Usai, and A. Zaheer, Academy of Management Journal (2004).
  • "Trust as an Organizing Principle," B. McEvily, V. Perrone, and A. Zaheer, Organization Science (2003).
  • "Free to be Trusted? Organizational Constraints on Trust at the Boundary," V. Perrone, A. Zaheer, and B. McEvily, Organization Science (2003).
  • "Market Microstructure in a Global B2B Network," S. Zaheer and A. Zaheer , Strategic Management Journal (2001).
  • "Strategic Networks," R. Gulati, N. Nohria, and A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (2000).
  • "Bridging Ties: A Source of Firm Heterogeneity in Competitive Capabilities," B. McEvily and A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (1999).
  • "Does Trust Matter? Exploring the Effects of Inter-organizational and Interpersonal Trust on Performance," A. Zaheer, V. Perrone, and B. McEvily, Organization Science (1998).
  • "Uncertainty in a Transaction Environment: An Empirical Test," K. Sutcliffe and A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (1998).
  • "Catching the Wave: Alertness, Responsiveness, and Market Influence in Global Electronic Networks," S. Zaheer and A. Zaheer, Management Science (1997).
  • "Country Effects on Information-Seeking in Global Electronic Networks," S. Zaheer and A. Zaheer, Journal of International Business Studies (1997).
  • "Relational Governance as an Interorganizational Strategy: An Empirical Test of the Role of Trust in Economic Exchange," A. Zaheer and N. Venkatraman, Strategic Management Journal (1995).
  • "Determinants of Electronic Integration in the Insurance Industry: An Empirical Test," A. Zaheer and N. Venkatraman, Management Science (1994).
  • "Electronic Integration and Strategic Advantage: A Quasi-Experimental Study in the Insurance Industry," N. Venkatraman and A. Zaheer, Information Systems Research (1990).
  • Honors and Awards

    Finalist, Best Paper, Academy of Management Review, 1999

  • Editorial Appointments

    Editorial Boards: Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Trust Research

  • Honors and Awards

    Curtis Cup, Outstanding Teaching Award, Carlson Executive MBA program, 2006, 2015

  • Honors and Awards

    Best Paper Award, Academy of International Business, Milan, June 2008

  • Editorial Appointments

    Guest Editor: Making Connections: Social Networks in International Business. Journal of International Business Studies.

  • Honors and Awards

    Outstanding Core Teacher of the Year, Full-Time MBAs, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Honors and Awards

    Excellence in Teaching Award, Carlson School of Management, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2014

  • Honors and Awards

    Named among the "World's Best B-School Professors" by Poets and Quants, 2012

  • Honors and Awards

    Outstanding Research Award, Carlson School of Management, 2014

  • Honors and Awards

    Elected Fellow of the Strategic Management Society

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