Professor Shaker Zahra was recently given the Midwest Scholar Recognition award by the Midwest Academy of Management at its annual meeting held October 19 to 21 in Chicago. Zahra also was a distinguished speaker at the event.
The Midwest Scholar award honors outstanding professional achievements, which constitute significant contributions to research, theory, and practice of management. Wide recognition by the academic community is essential, with the award based on a body of achievement rather than a particular piece of research, creative work, or other achievements.
Zahra is the Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy at the Carlson School. He is also the academic director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. He has served also as the academic co-director of the Carlson Ventures Enterprises as well as the founding co-director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota.
His research examines entrepreneurial knowledge and capability development in global industries; international entrepreneurship and capability development; and the role of corporate entrepreneurship in knowledge creation, absorption, and conversion. His research also explores the evolution and sources of novelty in companies' strategic choices and their implications for firm heterogeneity. This research contributes to the knowledge and organizational learning, especially in young entrepreneurial and established companies in technology-based global markets.
Zahra is the winner of the 2014 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. He has received several grants, honors, and awards – including five honorary PhD degrees from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Jonkoping International Business School (both in Sweden), Ghent University (Belgium), the University of Messina (Italy), and Universidad de Olavide de Seville (Spain). He is a 21st Century Research Fellow of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, fellow of the Southern Management Association, and fellow of the International Family Enterprise Association (IFERA), and the Raymond Institute for Family Business. He also appears in the 2017 list of “Highly Cited Research in Business and Economics.