CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award

The CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award, introduced in 2011, was created to honor the legacy of CK Prahalad. The award recognizes excellence in the application of theory and research in practice. These include but are not limited to contributions to knowledge through the extraction of learning from practice; authored scholarly works that have substantively affected the practice of management; and/or the integration of research and practice.

A scholar-practitioner who has used applied learning to influence how theory and research guide practice is honored by this award. Special attention will be given to a scholar-practitioner whose contributions have shaped the understanding of global strategic leadership.

The recipient of this award is selected by a committee presided over by the SMS past president. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. The deadline for this award is March 31st of each year. To submit a nomination, please send an email with your nominee and recommendation text to the SMS Executive Office at


Deadline for Nominations
Announcement of Award Recipient
SEPT. 22-25
SMS Annual Conference

Past CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipients

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Richard Rumelt
University of California-Los Angeles

Learn More About CK Prahalad's Life

CK Prahalad reached across boundaries and expanded possibilities with his uncompromising emphasis on impactful research. Although his academic career was stellar, his work had an even greater impact on corporate leaders. Through a series of breakthrough ideas, his research changed the business world and helped improve people's lives.

2018 Award Recipient: David Teece

We are honored to present this year's CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award to David Teece of the University of California-Berkeley.

David Teece is the Thomas W. Tusher Professor and director of the Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital, University of California, Berkeley. He is also chairman and cofounder of Berkeley Research Group, an expert services and advisory firm with offices in 40 locations globally. David Teece is an authority on subjects including corporate strategy, innovation, strategic management, economics of technological change, technology transfer, and antitrust economics.

David Teece has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has held positions at Stanford University and Oxford University, and has four honorary doctorates. He has testified before Congress on regulatory and competition policy, is author of over 200 books and articles, and is the editor of Industrial & Corporate Change (Oxford University Press). According to Science Watch, he is the lead author on the most cited article in economics and business worldwide (1995–2005). He is an SMS Fellow, has 6 honorary doctorates, and is an active angel investor in technology startups.

David will be presented with this award at the Awards Luncheon, Tuesday afternoon at the SMS Annual Conference in Paris. As a recipient of the award, he will also be organizing a session on Monday at the conference! Check back for more information on this session.