Carson College of Business faculty member Arvin Sahaym was recently awarded the Huber Dean’s Fellowship in Entrepreneurship.

The Huber fellowship was established with funds from the estate of alumnus James Huber (’66, 70) and his family. Huber was president and owner of ATCON Services, Inc., in the Seattle area and was owner and co-owner of a number of diverse businesses throughout the Northwest. He and his wife, Dianna, sons Ryan and Jason, and friends Jerry and Chris Shei, were killed in an airplane crash in Dec. 1992. Huber was piloting the plane en route from Seattle to Pullman for an Apple Cup football game. Gifts from the Huber estate were also made to the WSU athletics program and to the WSU Foundation.

Sahaym, who was recently promoted to a full professor, joined the Carson College of Business Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship in 2007 and is being recognized for his many research and teaching contributions in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation management.

“I am very pleased to hold the Huber Dean’s Fellowship in Entrepreneurship because of our mutual passion for WSU and for business,” said Sahaym. “It will allow me to honor the legacy of the Huber family who gave their lives while supporting WSU while building the legacy of the college and WSU as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Distinguished mentor and teacher committed to the success of others

Since 2007, Sahaym has published 22 articles in top-tier journals on the topics of new venture finance, technology strategy, governance, and performance, with six of those published in 2019. Combined, 14 of these articles were co-authored with students or individuals he is mentoring, demonstrating his commitment to helping others develop their research skills. Consistent with the college’s strategic goals for research, he has supervised nine doctoral students as the chair of their dissertation committees and served 13 students as a member of their committees.

“I take a certain pride in the fact that all these Cougar Ph.D.s are raising the Cougar flag high by serving reputable national and international universities as faculty and/or administrators,” he said.

“Arvin publishes high-quality research that serves business communities worldwide,” said Robert Crossler, department chair. “He is a distinguished mentor and teacher who cares deeply for the well-being and success of junior faculty and students in the department.”

Sahaym serves WSU and business industries involving strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation management

Sahaym has earned numerous honors and awards including a Distinguished Paper Award at the Academy of Management, an FGF Germany Best Paper Award, an Academy of Management Conferences’ Best Reviewer Award, and the following Carson College recognitions: Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2019 and 2012), Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2013), Outstanding Pullman MBA Faculty Award (2016), and multiple Dean’s Excellence Awards over the years.

He currently serves the college as the Ph.D. program coordinator for management and entrepreneurship areas, and he represented the college as a senator in WSU’s faculty senate from 2013 to 2016. He serves on WSU Provost’s committee for the university-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award. He is a WSU entrepreneurial faculty ambassador charged with a mission to transform research into businesses and products that benefit the University, public, and the state. He is also a member of the Journal of Business Venturing’s Editorial Board of Review and regularly reviews articles for the top journals in business.