Professor 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. At Kellogg, he received the James F. Beré Chair and the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award. 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. He is an elected Fellow of both the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.
Professor Zajac’s research, teaching, and consulting focuses on strategy, alliances, and corporate governance. His award-winning research has been published widely in major academic journals, such as the Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Management Science. In each of the last seven years, he has been recognized as one of the “most highly cited researchers” worldwide in the Institute of Scientific Information’s yearly list of highly cited researchers (representing less than one-half of one percent of all published researchers). He recently received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Berlin. He served for many years as Co-Editor of the Strategic Management Journal.
Professor Zajac has developed several popular courses at Kellogg in his areas of expertise: Creating and Managing Strategic Alliances addresses the design and management of strategic alliances such as joint ventures, licensing agreements, consortia, and other forms of cooperative strategies. Advanced Strategic Management examines how organizations can more effectively adapt to changing environments (with an emphasis on integrating strategy formulation and implementation challenges). Organizational Design examines the contribution that structure and systems can make in the implementation of an organization’s strategy. Corporate Governance analyzes the interdependent roles of the CEO, board of directors, shareholders and other stakeholders in the modern public corporation, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Professor Zajac has also created a successful executive education program on strategic alliances, and is active in executive education and consulting in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in the areas of strategy formulation and implementation, strategic alliances, and corporate governance. He has worked with organizations such as Abbott, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Baxter, Blue Cross/Blue Shield (the Association, HCSC, and the Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina plans), Brady, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Brunswick, Cargill, Caterpillar, Chiron, Cigna, Commonwealth Edison, ConocoPhillips, Cooper Tire and Rubber, Dade Behring, R.R. Donnelly, Edwards Lifesciences, the FBI, FTI Ringtail, Gen-Probe, General Mills, W.W. Grainger, Harnischfeger, Hearst, Healthways, Hollister, Hu-Friedy, IBM, Idealease, the Institute for Corporate Directors (Canada), Johnson & Johnson, Land O’Lakes, Libbey, Eli Lilly, MARKEM, Merck, Monsanto, Moore, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Premier, Procter & Gamble, Public Service Company of New Mexico, O’Melveny & Myers, Rockwell Automation, Rockwell Collins, Savoy Brands Internacional, Schering-Plough, Siemens, Topco, Toyota, Vicinity, Zurich Insurance, several governmental agencies, and numerous professional associations (particularly in health care). He is currently a board member at Scot Forge, and he formerly served as board chair at Pioneer Surgical Technology, and as a board member at PeopleFlo Manufacturing, Roberts Industries and The Wetlands Initiative.
Im Dezember 2011 besuchte Professor Edward Zajac das ISM.
Dabei hielt er einen Vortrag am Center for Advanced Management Studies der LMU München:
- Rich language for poor firms: The symbolic management of bankruptcy
Des Weiteren arbeit Professor Zajac zusammen mit Prof. Tuschke an einem gemeinsamen Forschungsprojekt:
- Flickinger, Miriam; Zajac, Edward; Tuschke, Anja (Work in progress): Who shall serve (and why)? A behavioral exchange perspective on board service