Shaker A. Zahra

Professor of Strategy & Organisation

Shaker A. Zahra is the Department Chair, Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy & Organization in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he is also the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. His research focuses on: entrepreneurship and national policy, especially in global technology-based industries and companies; international entrepreneurship; corporate entrepreneurship and capability development.

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Biography

Shaker A. Zahra is the Department Chair, Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy & Organization in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he is also the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. His research focuses on:  entrepreneurship and national policy, especially in global technology-based industries and companies; international entrepreneurship; corporate entrepreneurship and capability development. His research has appeared in leading journals that include the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive,  Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of Management Studies, Journal o Business Venturing, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Decision Sciences, Information Systems Research, Industrial & Corporate Change, Research Policy, Human Relations, Academy of Management Perspectives, among others. Dr. Zahra has also published or (co) edited 12 books and conference proceedings. Professor Zahra’s research has received several grants and awards that include the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, 4 honorary Ph.D. degrees, three honorary professorships in China, Italy and Spain as well as multiple fellowship. He served as the Director of the Babson Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference and as the Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.

Research Paper

Understanding the social role of entrepreneurship. Research Paper No 33

There is a need to rethink and redefine the social value added of entrepreneurial activities to society. In this paper we develop five pillars on which the evolving social role of entrepreneurship can rest and have its impact: (1) connecting entrepreneurial activities to other societal efforts aimed at improving the quality of life, achieving progress, and enriching human existence; (2) identifying ways to reduce the dysfunctional effects of entrepreneurial activities on stakeholders; (3) redefining the scope of entrepreneurial activities as a scholarly arena; (4) recognizing entrepreneurship’s social multiplier; and (5) pursuing blended value at the organizational level, centring on balancing the creation of financial, social and environmental wealth. In a final section we discuss implications for practices and for further research.

Associated Themes
  • Finance and Governance Research Theme