Professor Myles Shaver was awarded the prestigious Irwin Outstanding Educator Award by the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management.
The award honors eminent strategy scholars who have established a longstanding commitment to, and expertise in, imparting strategic management knowledge or educating others about strategic management.
"It's a great honor and it's a great surprise, especially being in a field where I know there are so many fantastic scholars and teachers," said Shaver.
"It's very humbling and it makes me very proud of what I've been able to accomplish in the classroom. A lot of that is a reflection of the enterprise of my colleagues and my friends and how we've thought about how do we take what we know and bring that knowledge to practicing managers."
In support of this award, one of Shaver's colleagues wrote, "Myles is my gold standard for business school professors. He provides a depth and clarity of thought in the classroom that is unmatched...(and has) an ability to create engagement with students that brings the classroom experience to life. All the while being fully engaged in the problems managers face - helping them apply academic frameworks to tackle their biggest challenges and take advantage of their biggest opportunities".
A former student wrote, "I was impressed by the concepts you presented and the cogent, engaging, and enlightening manner in which they were brought to life. It is clear that you are a man with high standards for quality, asking the right questions, seeking fact-based answers, nurturing and maintaining relationships, and looking to make things better. When I review the criteria for selecting winners, I cannot imagine a more qualified professor."
The Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Shaver has received numerous teaching awards for MBA and Executive Education classes on corporate strategy, multinational business management, and corporate responsibility, and PhD classes on strategy and international business research.
Poets & Quants named Shaver one of the "World's 50 Best Business School Professors." In 2010, he received the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan) Distinguished PhD Alumni Award.
To be considered for the Irwin Award, nominees are required to have at least 15 full years of service and be closely linked to the development of other outstanding scholars, such as through mentorship of doctoral (PhD) students and junior colleagues.
Shaver accepted the Irwin Award on August 3 at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.