SMS Educational Impact Award

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of this award to be presented by the Strategic Management Society!

The Educational Impact Award recognizes excellence in contributing to the teaching mission in Strategic Management. It will be given annually to an individual who has made an exemplary contribution to quality and innovation in the teaching of strategic management, either through their own teaching and mentoring activities and/or by empowering other teachers with innovations and high-quality teaching materials.

Award Timeline

Nominations for the SMS Educational Impact Award will be accepted until March 31 of each year and should be sent to the SMS Executive Office at:

Inaugural Recipient of the Award: Anita McGahan

From the Award Selection Committee:

"For 25 years, Anita has been on the cutting edge of curriculum development and pedagogical advances. During her years at the Harvard Business School, Anita developed more than 70 cases, teaching notes, and related pedagogical materials. Several of these – such as Sunrise Medical Inc.’ Wheelchair Products and Saturn: A Different Kind of Car Company – became basic staples of the core strategy curriculum taught worldwide. She was one of the early producers of CD-ROM-based case-related material.

Anita is a superb teacher herself, winning countless teaching awards at the various institutions where she has worked, for example the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Rotman School and Professor of the Year at Boston University.

She has also dedicated enormous amounts of time to improve the teaching skills of others. She has served as a Teaching Fellow in the Rotman School’s Teaching Effectiveness Center, and has worked tirelessly with virtually all junior colleagues at Rotman and Boston University (and even many at other institutions) to help them improve their teaching prowess – coaching them on lesson plans, observing them as they teach, and debriefing with them afterward to develop effective educational strategies."

Anita 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, she will also be organizing a session on Monday at the conference! Check back for more information on this session.

Nominees for this award will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation in the teaching of strategic management (e.g. new pedagogies, new media for learning and knowledge sharing)
  • Development and dissemination of teaching materials, such as texts, case studies and digital materials
  • Writing and publishing on pedagogy
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at their home institution and other places they have taught (e.g. teaching awards, reference letters from administrators or peers, etc.)

The Award will be presented at the SMS Annual Conference and accompanied by a plaque and a $5,000 monetary prize. In addition, the recipient is invited to present in a special session that is part of the Teaching Community Track at the conference.

The selection committee for this award includes members of the Board of Directors and the leadership of the SMS Teaching Community. The committee is chaired by the SMS Past President.

Nominations –including self-nominations- are invited from any member of the SMS.

Award Nominations

Nominations must include:

  • A nomination letter of not more than two pages in length specifically addressing the nominee’s achievements vis-à-vis the above criteria
  • Two additional letters of recommendation for the nominated individual
  • A full current CV for the nominated individual