Carlson School of Management

Aks Zaheer


Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management
Strategic Mgmt/Entrepreneurship
3-420 CarlSMgmt

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 is in strategic decision making in uncertain business environments, the antecedents and consequences of trust in organizations and in interfirm exchange, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and the dynamics of social structure in organizations, 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. He was named the Outstanding Core Teacher of the Year for the Full-Time MBA Program in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011; and received the Curtis Cup Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006 for Executive MBA teaching, Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2004, 2009 and 2012, MBA Teacher of the Year in 1995, 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.

“Surviving Bear Hugs: Firm Capability, Large Partner Alliances and Growth,” Strategic Management Journal," R. Vandaie and A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (forthcoming).

“The Embeddedness of Networks: Institutions, Structural Holes, and Innovativeness in the Fuel Cell Industry,” G. Vasudeva, A. Zaheer and E. Hernandez. Organization Science (forthcoming)

"The Genesis and Dynamics of Organizational Networks," G. Ahuja, G. Soda and A. Zaheer, Organization Science (2012).

"A Network Perspective on Organizational Architecture: Performance Effects of the Interplay of Formal and Informal Organization," Strategic Management Journal, G. Soda and A. Zaheer (2012).

"Prior Alliances with Targets and Acquisition Performance in Knowledge Intensive Industries," A. Zaheer, E. Hernandez and S. Banerjee, Organization Science (2010).

"Network Evolution: The Origins of Structural Holes," A. Zaheer and G. Soda, Administrative Science Quarterly (2009).

"Repairing Relationships Within and Between Organizations: Building a Conceptual Foundation" K.T. Dirks, R.J. Lewicki, and A. Zaheer, Academy of Management Review (2009).

"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).

"Time Scales and Organizational Theory," S. Zaheer, S. Albert, and A. Zaheer, Academy of Management Review (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).

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

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

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

MBA Teacher of the Year, Carlson School of Management, 1995

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

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

Guest Editor, The Genesis and Evolution of Networks, Organization Science

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

Finalist, Best Paper, Academy of Management Review, 1999

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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


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