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About Shaker Zahra

Shaker A. Zahra is  Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota. He  has served as the department chair (9 years), Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship (10 years), and the Academic Co-Director of Carlson Ventures Enterprises. He also served as the Founding Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at University of Minnesota. Previously, Shaker was Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University. He has been a visiting or guest professor at several universities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Shaker has also held the 3TU Chair in International Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Shaker’s research centers on corporate and international entrepreneurship, dynamic capabilities in science and technology global industries. He is also interested in social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in family firms operating in technology industries.

Shaker studies industry emergence and its consequences for entrepreneurship. 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, organizational learning, and the dynamic capabilities’ theoretical perspectives– especially in young entrepreneurial and established companies in technology-based global markets.