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Aks Zaheer
Alliance Partners and Firm Capability: Evidence from the Motion Picture Industry

Biography

Carlson School of Management
Professor | Strategic Management

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 firmlevel capabilities in global electronic markets and in geographical clusters

The antecedents and consequences of trust in organization and in interfirm exchange

Crosslevel issues in time scales, trust, and networks

Dynamics of social structure

Strategic decision making in uncertain business environments

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 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 is an elected Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. He was named the Outstanding Core Teacher of the Year for the FullTime MBA Program in 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011; and received the Curtis Cup Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006 and 2015 for Carlson Executive MBA teaching, in 2018 for the Outstanding Professor in the Vienna Execeutive MBA Program, Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2014,  Outstanding Research Award in 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 BSchool Professors by Poets and Quants in 2012.
 

Selected Works

"EgoNetwork Stability and Innovation in Alliances" Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming. P. Kumar and A. Zaheer

“Determinants of Alliance Partner Choice: Network Distance, Managerial Incentives and Board Monitoring,” Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming. R. Kang & A. Zaheer

“How Family Influence, Socioemotional Wealth, and Competitive Conditions Shape New Technology Adoption,” D. Souder, A. Zaheer, H. Sapienza and R. Ranucci, Strategic Management Journal (2017)

"Mutual and Exclusive: Dyadic Sources of Trust in Interorganizational Exchange," B. McEvily, A. Zaheer and D. Fudge Kamal, Organization Science (2017)

"Centralization of IntraGroup Equity Ties and Business Group Affiliate Performance," I.P. Mahmood, H. Zhu, A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (2017)

"Alliance Partners and Firm Capability: Evidence from the Motion Picture Industry," R. Vandaie and A. Zaheer, Organization Science (2015)

"Asymmetric Learning Capabilities and Stock Market Returns," H. Yang, Y. Zheng and A. Zaheer, Academy of Management Journal (2015)

"Surviving Bear Hugs: Firm Capability, Large Partner Alliances and Growth," Strategic Management Journal," R. Vandaie and A. Zaheer, Strategic Management Journal (2014).

"The Embeddedness of Networks: Institutions, Structural Holes, and Innovativeness in the Fuel Cell Industry," G. Vasudeva, A. Zaheer and E. Hernandez. Organization Science (2013)

"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).

"Does Trust Matter? Exploring the Effects of Interorganizational 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 InformationSeeking 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 QuasiExperimental Study in the Insurance Industry," N. Venkatraman and A. Zaheer, Information Systems Research (1990).

Current Activities

Editorial Appointments

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

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

Honors and Awards

Finalist, Best Paper, Academy of Management Review, 1999

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

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

Outstanding Core Teacher of the Year, FullTime MBAs, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011

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

Named among the "World''s Best BSchool Professors" by Poets and Quants, 2012

Outstanding Research Award, Carlson School of Management, 2014

Elected Fellow of the Strategic Management Society

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