SMS Service Award

The award is conferred in recognition of significant and enduring service that made an outstanding and distinguished contribution to the Strategic Management Society and its members.


Deadline for Nominations
Announcement of Award Recipient
OCT 28-31
SMS Annual Conference

SMS Service Award Past Recipients

picture of Michael A. Hitt
Michael A. Hitt
Texas A&M University and TCU

2016 Award Recipient: Richard Bettis

Richard Bettis was awarded the Service Award at the SMS Annual Conference in Berlin, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. As a founding member of the SMS, a former President of the Society, and former Annual Conference Program Chair, his service to the SMS and the field as a whole is exemplary of this award. Although he was not able to attend the conference award reception, please click below to watch the video of his acceptance.

Richard Bettis is the Ellison Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business of the University of North Carolina. He has won the SMJ Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper prize and been elected to the Fellows of SMS.  He has served on the Academy of Management Board and on the Strategic Management Society Board, where he also served a 3-year term as President.  He has been a Consulting Editor of the Academy of Management Review, and an Associate Editor of Management Science.  In 1995 he became an SMJ Associate Editor and in 2007 became an SMJ Co-Editor.

Award Criteria and Nomination Process

Award Criteria:

  • The recipient is a person who has rendered lengthy, significant, and effective service to the SMS and its members
  • Recipients can be selected based on both volunteer and compensated work contributed to the field and/or the Society
  • Current members of the Board and current leaders of program activities (journals, conferences, research funding) are not eligible
  • Officers of the SMS are not normally eligible until 5 years after completion of their service

Nomination Process:

The following leaders of SMS activities will be invited each year to make nominations to Awards and Honors Committee:

  • Board Members
  • Interest Group Leadership
  • Journal Editorial Leadership
  • Current Conference Program Chairs
  • SRF Program Chairs

Recipients of the SMS Service Award will be determined by a majority vote of the SMS Board of Directors.