Management professor R. Duane Ireland joined a group of elite academics when he was elected this spring as a Fellow in the 16,000-member Academy of Management.

Ireland, the Foreman R. and Ruby S. Bennett Chair in Business Administration, joins four other Mays faculty members in the academy’s 160-member Fellows Group: Department Head Angelo DeNisi, Executive Associate Dean Ricky Griffin and Management Professors Don Hellriegel and Michael Hitt. Membership as a Fellow recognizes and honors those who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management.

The only schools throughout the world with a higher number of Fellows are Harvard (11), Michigan (7), Washington (7), the University of Southern California (6) and Stanford (6).

Ireland is associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal, past associate editor for Academy of Management Executive and a previous consulting editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He also has completed terms as a member of editorial review boards for multiple other scholarly journals. His research focuses on strategic alliances, the effective management of organizational resources and corporate and strategic entrepreneurship.

“This is like being elected to the baseball or basketball hall of fame,” Ireland said. “This is a tremendous honor. It’s really recognition of the body of work you’ve accumulated throughout your career. I am humbled to become a Fellow and thrilled to join my Mays colleagues in this capacity.”