Ph.D., Cornell University
M.B.A., Babson Graduate School of Business
B.S., Babson College
Teaching: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Strategic Management, and International Business.
Professor Shay joined the W&L faculty in July 2009 as the Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Prior to coming to W&L, he was the Poe Professor of Entrepreneurship and taught entrepreneurship, international business, and strategic management for ten years at the University of Montana. He received seven teaching awards and two service awards at the University of Montana. He has also taught courses at London School of Economics, Peking University, Cornell University, and University of Brescia in the areas of strategic management, cross-cultural management, entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational behavior, international business, and human resource management. He has provided invited case teaching and research seminars for faculty in Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, and for organizations such as the Asia Institute of Finance, Associacion de Latin America Casewriters, Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools, and the Chinese Center for Case Research.
Dr. Shay has been an invited speaker at the Swedish Trade Council, Pennsylvania State’s Executive MBA Program, the F. W. Olin School of Business (Babson Graduate School of Management), the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University Graduate School of Business), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, he has been involved with executive training for Hyundai Corporation, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Petronas Oil, Hilton International Hotel Group, Shanghai International Port Group, Maersk Shipping, Ace Insurance, and the American Express Travel Group.
Dr. Shay was recognized in March 2006 as one of the Western Academy of Management’s Ascendant Scholars, an award given to scholars who make an early and significant impact on their field. In 2015 he received the Western Academy of Management’s Joan Dahl President’s Award, an award that “recognizes members who have contributed to the ongoing success of the Western Academy of Management, supported the professional growth and development of its members, and demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research.” In 2016 Dr. Shay was named a Fellow of the North American Case Research Association, an award that “recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of case research and teaching”.
Dr. Shay’s research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of International Management, Case Research Journal, Journal of Management Education, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, and International Journal of Organizational Analysis. In addition, he has presented his research and received best paper awards at Academy of Management, Western Academy of Management, and the North American Case Research Association Conferences.
Dr. Shay’s professional experience includes providing strategic planning, international business planning, and new venture development consulting services through his company, Shay Consulting International. His most recent clients include: TerraEchos, Bank of Montana, Bitterroot Resort, Blue Cross – Blue Shield Montana, Benchmark Simulations, PowerWater Beverages, Watson Children Shelter, Montana World Trade Center, Hi-Noon Petroleum, Big Sky Brewing Company, Precision Partners, and the Inland Northwest Space Alliance (NASA). He provides these services in order to keep current with the practical application of what he teaches in his courses. Dr. Shay has over 30 years of consulting experience in these areas.
Dr. Shay spends his free time actively engaging in competitive and recreational sports. During the school year he teaches spinning (cycling) group fitness classes at W&L, plays golf and serves as Faculty Academic Advisor to W&L’s Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams, and enjoys road and mountain biking. He spends his summers in Niantic, Connecticut where he campaigns his one-design racing sailboat, a 31-foot Atlantic Class sloop named “Papa”, and has consistently finished in the top 5 in the National Championships in the past several years. In college he was a four-time All-East alpine skier and after college raced on the United States Pro Tour.