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First Name: Shaker A.
Second name: Zahra
Academic title: Professor

Place of employment: Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship Department, University of Minnesota, USA
Position: Professor & Department Chair Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship


Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management), University of Mississippi, 1982.

MBA with Distinction, National University, San Diego, CA, First in class, 1978.

B. Com. with Honors (Management), Al-Azhar University, Egypt, First in class, 1975.

Research interests:
entrepreneurship and strategy in technology global industries
Publications (most important/popular):

Doctor Honoris Causa (Economics & Business), Gent University, Belgium, 2014.

Doctor Honoris Causa (Economics), Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden 2013.

Doctor Honoris Causa (Business), Jönköping University, Sweden, 2004.

Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, 2014.


Included in Highly Cited Researchers, Top 1% worldwide in citations in business & economics.  Thomson Reuters, 2014.

Also listed in The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson Reuters, 2014.


Ranked 44th (of 382) of the Most Widely Cited Authors in Management over the past 25 years (Aguinis et al., 2012 Academy of Management Perspectives), 2012.

Ranked #2 in Industrial Organization by Microsoft Academic Research,         

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Ranked #38 among the most prolific researchers on corporate governance (Judge, Weber &

Muller-Kahle, Academy of Management Learning & Education), 2012.


Honorary Professor, Jilin University, China, 2012.


Honorary Professor, University of Messina, Italy, 2012.

Finalist for Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Perspectives, 2012. (Zahra & Wright)


Runner Up for Best Paper Award, Business Horizons, 2012. (Zahra & Nambisam)


Ranked #3 in the Field of Entrepreneurship based on Citations between 2005-10 (Study by Teixeira, University du Porto, Portugal), 2011.

IDEA Award for Research Promise, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management, 2010.


Best Empirical Paper, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management, 2010.


Honorary Fellow, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, 2010.


Annual Faculty Research Award, Carlson School of Management, U. of Minnesota, 2009.


Falcone Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award, Syracuse University, 2009.


Ranked 2nd among 794 in Econ and Management Researchers in the Netherlands (2009).


Ranked 2rd in a Survey of Top Authors in Entrepreneurship-based on Quality &

Quantity weighted publications between 1995-2006 (Crump, Abbey & Zu, AOM), 2009.


Ranked among the Top Published Authors in International Business (2009)

Ranked #7 among Top Authors in Family Business Research (Debicki, Matherne III,

Kellermanns & Chrisman, Family Business Review), 2009.


Best Paper Award, Entrepreneurship Division, Scientific Association of Economics

and Business Management (ACEDE), Spain, 2009.


BCERC Stevens Institute of Technology Wesley J. Howe Award, Babson College,



Best Paper Award, Bocconi University, Italy, (Zahra, Hayton, Neubaum, Debrell & Craig) 2008.


Honorary Professor, Universidad Pablo de Olavide,  Seville, Spain,  2008.


Nominated for Best Paper Award, Strategic Management Society, San Diego, 2007.

Best Management Research Paper, Bocconi University, Italy, (Zahra & Hayton), 2007


Best Paper Award in Journal of Management Studies, 2007    (Zahra, Sapienza & Davidsson).


Mentor Award, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management, 2006.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Award for Excellence in

Research on the General Topic of Entrepreneurship, Babson Conference, 2006.


Best Empirical Paper Award on High Growth, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy

of Management, 2004. (George, Zahra, Autio & Sapienza).


Finalist for Best Paper Award in Academy of Management Review, 2003. (Zahra & George).

Best Conceptual Paper, Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management (Sapienza, Autio & Zahra), 2003.


Finalist for Carolyn Dexter Award in the Academy of Management, 2003.


Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award, Academy of Management (Zahra, Ireland & Hitt), 2001.


Journal of Management 2000 Best Paper Award (Zahra, Neubaum & Huse), 2001

Best Conceptual Paper Published in Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice [published in 1999] Zahra, Nielsen & Bogner), 2000.


Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Research on Global Competitiveness, American Society for Competitiveness, 1999.


Chan K. Hahn Best Paper Award, Academy of Management (Zahra & Nielsen), 1998.


Listed among the Most Prolific Researchers in Entrepreneurship. J. of Management, 1998.


Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching Performance, Chairman of the

Management Department, Georgia State University (Also, summer 1995; fall 1996;

Summer 1998; spring 2000; Spring 2001).


Corporate Entrepreneurship Paper of the Year [published in a journal], US Small Business

Administration and Entrepreneurship. 1995.


Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, Social Issues in Management Division. (Zahra, Oviatt & Minyard), 1993.


Named "Best Professor in the MBA Program," George Mason University, 1991.


Best Paper, Innovation, R&D, and Research Methods Track, Southern Management Association. (Zahra, Bracker, Das & Schulte), 1990.


Outstanding Achievement Award for the Best Theoretical/Empirical Paper, Southeastern Decision Sciences Institute. (Zahra, Das & Warkentin), 1989.


Certificate of Award (Finalist for the Best Paper Award), Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management, 1989.


Finalist for Award for Excellence in Teaching, Business School, Old Dominion University (1987, 85, 84).

Finalist for the Best Paper Award, Northeastern Decision Sciences Institute, 1985.


Certificate of Merit, The National Association of Accountants for the Best Paper. (Wiebe, Briner & Zahra), 1984.


Best Paper Award, Management Track, Southeastern American Institute for Decision Sciences. (Zahra, Champagne, Stokes & Norrington), 1983.


Award for Excellence in Research, School of Business Administration, Old Dominion University, 1984.


* Also,   Finalist (1983; 1985; 1986; 1987).


Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Society for Advancement of Management School of Business Administration, University of Mississippi, 1982.


Award for Academic Excellence, National Bank of Egypt, 1975.


Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Al‑Azhar University (Egypt), 1972-19975.