STR 2019 Guth Distinguished Service Award

The STR William D. Guth Distinguished Service Award recognizes an STR member with at least 15 years of service to the field, who has made significant contributions to activities within the STR Division, the Academy of Management, and/or to the broader field of strategic management. Award criteria included editorial contributions at journals or of edited volumes of strategy research, significant contributions to the Academy of Management, conference organizing, administrative roles, or textbook authorship.

The 2019 STR Guth Distinguished Service Award goes to Edward J. Zajac!

Ed is the James F. Beré Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management and a Professor of Sociology at the Weinberg College of Arts of Sciences, Northwestern University. He is an elected Fellow of both the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Berlin. Ed Zajac joined the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management after completing his Ph.D. in organization and strategy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne and a visiting scholar at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Free University of Berlin, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Zurich.

The Awards Committee recognized Ed’s outstanding service to the field of strategic management. Ed has played prominent and visible service roles in the two primary organizations that support the field of strategy, the Strategic Management Division (STR, formerly BPS) of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. Among his many service contributions to the field, he has served as Co-Editor of the Strategic Management Journal from 2007 to 2013 and he currently is a Consulting Editor at the Strategic Management Journal, an Editorial Advisory Board member at the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and a Review Board member at the Journal of Trust Research.

Ed has also made important contributions to the field through his research and was recognized as one of the “most highly cited researchers” worldwide in the Institute of Scientific Information’s yearly list of highly cited researchers from 2006 to 2012.

Ed has been tirelessly dedicated to all aspects of the Strategy field – our institutions, journals, faculty and students.  As one of his supporters highlighted: “Ed has made substantial contributions in co-editing SMJ for many years, working for many years in BPS/STR leadership, volunteering in PhD and junior faculty consortia, and mentoring his own PhD students. “ Another colleague remarked: “Ed has also been instrumental in fostering a more participative scholarly atmosphere by promoting greater participation by junior scholars on editorial boards and at academic conferences.” Ed’s kindness and approachability will not soon be forgotten by those he has touched. We are thankful for all that he has done to make the Strategy field as vibrant as it is today.

The STR Division proudly congratulates Professor Edward J. Zajac as the recipient of the 2019 STR William D. Guth Distinguished Service Award. Please join us at the STR Business Meeting on Monday night (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) to honor Ed!

Samina Karim
Northeastern University
STR Division Chair-Elect

Leave a Reply