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Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari

Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari

Professor of Strategy & Innovation
Professorial Fellow of St Edmund's College

MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Research interests

Institutional processes and diffusion of practices; social and environmental issues, technological and management innovations; value creation and new market development; offshoring and outsourcing, reputation management, and bottom-of-the-pyramid strategies.

Subject group: Strategy & International Business

Professional experience

Professor Ansari has published in several leading academic journals including Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management Review, Strategic Management JournalOrganization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change and Organization Studies. He serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies, and is a high performing member of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is also a consultant at Thinfilms Inc., a New Jersey firm providing thin film services (in particular coating services) to over 150 corporations in the hybrid microelectronics, semiconductor, optical, medical and sensor industries.

Professor Ansari's areas of expertise in executive education include strategic management, technological and business model innovation, social innovation, and corporate social responsibility. He has contributed to executive education programs in many organisations, including McKinsey, Airbus. Shell, British Telecom, China Development Bank, Nokia, Laing O'Rourke, UNICEF, Essex County Council, City & Guilds, KLEC (Kuala Lumpur Education City), Shanghai University of Finance and Education among several others. He is frequently invited to speak on issues related to strategy, innovation and social change. Professor Ansari is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Previous appointments

Prior to joining the School, Professor Ansari was an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he now has a Visiting Assistant Professorship. He previously held a Visiting Research Associate position at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Awards & honours

  • Finalist (top 3), Routledge Best Paper in Social Partnerships Award, for "Maintenance work in cross-sector partnerships: frame plurality as key to solving complex social issues" (with E.J. Klitsie and H. Volberda), Cross-sector Partnerships for Systemic Change (CSSI2016), 2016
  • Best Paper Award for "Towards a theory of organizational decision making for transitioning into new hybrid form" (with A. Ghosh and S. Ray), 3rd Pan-Indian Institute of Management (IIM) World Management Conference, 2015
  • Second Prize Winner, Best-Paper-Award Innovation Management Competition, for "Sponsoring a disruptive innovation: TiVo and the US television value-net" (with R. Garud and A. Kumaraswamy), Strascheg Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIIE), EBS Business School, 2015
  • Best Paper Award for "Creating a socially disruptive category: a case study of "conflict-free" gold" (with J. Reinecke), EURAM 2015 Warsaw, Business for Society Strategic Interest Group, 2015
  • Nominee, Best Paper Award, EGOS Annual Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2014
  • Best International Paper for "When times collide: temporal brokerage at the intersection of markets and development", Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, USA, 2014
  • TUM Research Excellence in Innovation & Leadership Award for the paper "Incumbent performance in the face of a radical innovation", 2014
  • Distinguished Scholar - World Famous Scholars Series, Minzu University, Beijing, China, 14-15 September 2013
  • Best Environmental and Social Practices Paper for "Be fair or care? Fairtrade and the standardization of ethical practices", Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division, Academy of Management, Orlando, USA, 2013
  • Best International Paper (Caroline Dexter Award) for "Averting the tragedy of the commons", Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division, Academy of Management, Chicago, USA, 2009
  • Selected to attend the 42nd Annual International Achievement Summit in Washington, DC, USA, 2003
  • Gates Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Trust, for doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, 2001
  • Chevening Scholarship, British Council, for MPhil Studies at the University of Cambridge, 2000
  • Winner of the Claydon Prize for outstanding students in economics and related areas for MPhil dissertation at the University of Cambridge, 2001
  • Lundgren Research Award, University of Cambridge, 2001

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Shahzad Ansari's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Ansari, S., Garud, R. and Kumaraswamy, A. (2016) "The disruptor's dilemma: TiVo and the U.S. television ecosystem." Strategic Management Journal (DOI: 10.1002/smj.24425) (published online Dec 2015; forthcoming in print)

Reinecke, J. and Ansari, S. (2015) "What is a 'fair' price? Ethics as sensemaking." Organization Science (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2015.0968) (a previous version of this paper won the Best Environmental and Social Practices Paper Award, OMT Division, Academy of Management, 2013)

Gray, B., Purdy, B. and Ansari, S. (2015) "From interactions to institutions: microprocesses of framing and mechanisms for the structuring of institutional fields." Academy of Management Review, 40(1): 115-143 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2013.0299)

Reinecke, J. and Ansari, S. (2015) "When times collide: temporal brokerage at the intersection of markets and development." Academy of Management Journal, 58(2): 618-648 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2012.1004) (a previous version of this paper won the Best International Paper Paper Award, OMT Division, Academy of Management, 2014)

Ansari, S.M., Wijen, F. and Gray, B. (2013) "Constructing a climate change logic: an institutional perspective on the 'tragedy of the commons'." Organization Science, 24(4): 1014-1040 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1120.0799)

Ansari, S.M., Fiss, P. and Zajac, E. (2010) "Made to fit: how practices vary as they diffuse." Academy of Management Review, 35(1): 67-92 (DOI: 10.5465/AMR.2010.45577876)

Journal articles

Ansari, S.M., Verwaal, E. and Schouten, M. (2006) "Unlocking synergies between business units: internal value creation at Royal Vopak." Strategic Change, 15(7-8): 353-360 (DOI: 10.1002/jsc.775)

Wijen, F. and Ansari, S.M. (2007) "Overcoming inaction through collective institutional entrepreneurship: insights from regime theory." Organization Studies, 28(7): 1079-1100 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840607078115)

Ansari, S.M. and Munir, K. (2008) "How valuable is a piece of the spectrum? Determination of value in external resource acquisition." Industrial and Corporate Change, 17(2): 301-333 (DOI: 10.1093/icc/dtn004)

Ansari, S.M. and Garud, R. (2009) "Inter-generational transitions in socio-technical systems: the case of mobile communications." Research Policy, 38(2): 382-392 (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2008.11.009)

Ansari, S.M., Fiss, P. and Zajac, E. (2010) "Made to fit: how practices vary as they diffuse." Academy of Management Review, 35(1): 67-92 (DOI: 10.5465/AMR.2010.45577876)

Koene, B. and Ansari, S. (2011) "Institutional change and the multinational change agent." Journal of Organizational Change Management, 24(4): 511-531 (DOI: 10.1108/09534811111144647)

Ansari, S. and Phillips, N. (2011) "Text me! New consumer practices and change in organizational fields." Organization Science, 22(6): 1579-1599 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0595)

Ansari, S., Wijen, F. and Gray, B. (2011) "Fiddling while the ice melts? How organizational scholars can take a more active role in the climate change debate." Strategic Organization, 9(1): 70-76 (DOI: 10.1177/1476127010395525)

Ansari, S., Munir, K. and Gregg, T. (2012) "Impact at the 'bottom of the pyramid': the role of social capital in capability development and community empowerment." Journal of Management Studies, 49(4): 813-842 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01042.x)

Ansari, S. and Krop, P. (2012) "Incumbent performance in the face of a radical innovation: towards a framework for incumbent challenger dynamics." Research Policy, 41(8): 1357-1374 (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.03.024)

Ansari, S.M., Wijen, F. and Gray, B. (2013) "Constructing a climate change logic: an institutional perspective on the 'tragedy of the commons'." Organization Science, 24(4): 1014-1040 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1120.0799)

Ansari, S., Reinecke, J. and Spaan, A. (2014) "How are management practices made to vary? Managing practice adaptation in a multinational corporation." Organization Studies, 35(9): 1313-1341 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840614539310)

Reinecke, J. and Ansari, S. (2015) "When times collide: temporal brokerage at the intersection of markets and development." Academy of Management Journal, 58(2): 618-648 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2012.1004) (a previous version of this paper won the Best International Paper Paper Award, OMT Division, Academy of Management, 2014)

Gray, B., Purdy, B. and Ansari, S. (2015) "From interactions to institutions: microprocesses of framing and mechanisms for the structuring of institutional fields." Academy of Management Review, 40(1): 115-143 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2013.0299)

Reinecke, J. and Ansari, S. (2015) "What is a 'fair' price? Ethics as sensemaking." Organization Science (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2015.0968) (a previous version of this paper won the Best Environmental and Social Practices Paper Award, OMT Division, Academy of Management, 2013)

Reinmoeller, P. and Ansari, S. (2016) "The persistence of a stigmatized practice: a study of competitive intelligence." British Journal of Management, 27(1): 116-142 (DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12106)

Boutinot, A., Ansari, S., Belkhouja, M. and Mangematin, V. (2015) "Reputational spillovers: evidence from French architecture." Strategic Organization, 13(4): 284-306 (DOI: 10.1177/1476127015597581)

Reinecke, J. and Ansari, S. (2016) "Taming wicked problems: the role of framing in the construction of corporate social responsibility." Journal of Management Studies, 53(3): 299-329 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12137)

Ansari, S., Garud, R. and Kumaraswamy, A. (2016) "The disruptor's dilemma: TiVo and the U.S. television ecosystem." Strategic Management Journal (DOI: 10.1002/smj.24425) (published online Dec 2015; forthcoming in print)

Book chapters

Ansari, S.M. and Garud, R. (2008) "Inter-generational transition in technological ecosystem: the case of mobile telephony." In: Benzoni, L. and Geoffron, P. (eds.): A collection of essays on competition and regulation with asymmetries in mobile markets. Paris: Quantifica Publishing, pp.127-140

Munir, K., Ansari, S. and Gregg, T. (2010) "Beyond the hype: taking business strategy to the 'bottom of the pyramid'." In: Baum, J.A.C. and Lampel, J. (eds.) The globalization of strategy research. (Advances in Strategic Management Series, vol.27) Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, pp.247-276

Ansari, S. and Munir, K. (2010) "Letting users into our world: some organizational implications of user-generated content." In: Griffiths, D., Phillips, N. and Sewell, G. (eds.) Technology and organization: essays in honour of Joan Woodward. (Research in the Sociology of Organizations Series, vol.29) Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, pp.79-105

Ansari, S.M., Sidhu, J.S., Volberda, H.W. and Oshri, I. (2010) "Managing globally disaggregated teams: the role of organizational politics." In: Contractor, F.J., Kumar, V., Kundu, S.K. and Pedersen, T. (eds.) Global outsourcing and offshoring: an integrated approach to theory and corporate strategy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.297-324

Birkinshaw, J. and Ansari, S. (2015) "Understanding management models: going beyond 'what and why' to 'how' work gets done in organizations." In: Foss, N.J. and Saebi, T. (eds.) Business model innovation: the organizational dimension. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.85-103

Disruptive award

Research paper co-authored by Shahzad Ansari of Cambridge Judge wins second prize at Innovation Management awards in Germany. A research paper on …

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TiVo: beyond disruption

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‘Hybrid’ honours

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Fair or care?

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Cloak and dagger

Why risky ‘competitive intelligence’ persists despite stigma and scant evidence of effectiveness. Firms ‘construct usefulness’ and fear ‘unilateral abandonment’ of the practice, …

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‘Time’ is only sometimes on your side

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Constructing a climate change logic

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Constructing a climate change logic

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Recognising excellence

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Fiddling whilst the ice melts

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The weakest link?

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Contact details

Shahzad Ansari
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 768128
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

s.ansari@jbs.cam.ac.uk

sansari@rsm.nl (Netherlands)