UP business professor Sam Holloway receives Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management


Awards and Rankings

December 15, 2015

Sam Holloway, a professor in the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business, has received the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management. The award is given to faculty members who have a maximum of 6-7 years’ of experience and are considered “ascendant” through an academic record that includes their areas of research, teaching, and service.

Holloway is an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the University. His research on business model innovations examines how strategy affects the design of organizational architectures and has been published in several management publications.

His current research includes studying the business side of craft brewing. Based upon his research, Holloway (and fellow UP professor Mark Meckler) launched CRAFTINGASTRATEGY.COM, a global online learning community whose mission is to empower craft brewing entrepreneurs to run profitable businesses, so they can create more jobs and transform their local communities for the better.

Additionally, Holloway teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He also helped launch the Pamplin School of Business’ first online courses as part of the school’s Master Strategist Certification: Craft Beer Business.

“Sam is representative of the strong research base we have in the Pamplin School of Business,” says dean Robin Anderson. “It is this research base upon which we build outstanding teaching.”

The Western Academy of Management (WAM) began in 1960 and is an independent affiliate of the national Academy of Management. Its objectives include promoting research and professionalism in the field of management, improving the teaching of management and fostering the general advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of management.

He joins three others who received the award: Pauline Schilpzand of Oregon State University, Ryan Krause of Texas Christian University, and Ryan Fehr of University of Washington. The four winners have been asked to make a presentation at the regional conference in Portland, set for March, 2016.

The award, according to WAM guidelines, takes into account:

  • Great research record as evidenced by both the quality and number of articles published
  • Great teaching record as evidenced by teaching awards and any other contributions to teaching
  • Great service record as evidenced in engaging in professional service, including service to the academy or business
  • And a professional trajectory or potential that looks very promising for the future.


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