The Strategic Management Society first presented this prize in 1998 to honor the best paper presented at the SMS Annual Conference. Nominated authors are invited to submit a full paper version of their submitted proposal for consideration by the selection committee. These papers are reviewed and 10 finalists are named prior to the conference. The committee determines the winner to be announced during the conference. Decisions are based on the following criteria:
- Soundness of the conceptual development
- Originality and new contribution(s)
- Appropriate methodology well applied
- Relevance to management practice
- Effective communication of the central ideas of the work
The Prize for the best conference paper consists of a US $2,000 cash award. Additionally, four other papers receive Honorable Mention prizes consisting of a US $1,000 cash award. All winners are also recognized at the conference during a prize presentation ceremony.
The Co-Chairs for the 2023 SMS Annual Conference Best Paper Prize are Helen Wei Hu, University of Melbourne, and Laszlo Tihanyi, Rice University.
SMS Annual Conference Best Paper 2022 Prize Recipient
Changing the System, Not the Seeker
By Amisha Miller, Boston University
“Who Pivots? The Big Five Personality Dimensions and Entrepreneurial Pivoting Behavior” Ryan Angus, West Virginia University Darin Holderness, West Virginia University Jeffery Houghton, West Virginia University
“Managing Conflict Patterns Across Different Stages of Ambidexterity: The Stony Pathway of a Revolutionary Firetruck” Arne Keller, Johannes Kepler University Linz Alexander Martin, VICTORIA International University of Applied Science Stefan Konlechner, Vienna University of Technology Wolfgang Guettel, Vienna University of Technology Johann Fortwengel, King’s College London
“Combating Sociopolitical Spillover With Countervailing Claims: Evidence From Charlottesville” William Hurst, University of Michigan
“Ecosystem Evolution and Bottleneck Shifts: Evidence from The Evolution of the Anti-HIV Drug Ecosystem” Elena Plaksenkova, Ohio State University Olivier Chatain, HEC Paris