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.
The following leaders of SMS activities will be invited each year to make nominations to Awards and Honors Committee:
Recipients of the SMS Service Award will be determined by a majority vote of the SMS Board of Directors.
We are honored to present Joan E. Ricart with the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Distinguished Service award.
Joan E. Ricart, Past President of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), is the Carl Schrøder Professor of Strategic Management and was for 23 years Chairman of the Strategic Management Department at the IESE Business School, University of Navarra. He has served SMS in a variety of roles including conference organizer (SMS Barcelona (1997), board member, President, SRF board member, and Fellow.
However, his service to the field extends well beyond SMS. He was also Vice-president of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management and the Founding president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) where he is a Fellow. He was the academic director of the EIASM and member of the research committee of the EFMD.
At IESE, Professor Ricart has also performed exemplary service including administrative roles such as Director of Research, Director of the Doctoral Program, Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Director for Faculty and Research. He is co-academic director of IESE Cities in Motion and academic director of the UN center of excellence of PPP for Cities, and Director of the Globalization and Strategy Research Center.
Joan E. Ricart holds a Ph.D in Managerial Economics, Northwestern University; Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; and Ph.D. in Economics and Business Administration, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has published several books and articles in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Econometrica and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His current work focuses on cities, business models, offshoring, and the role of a General Manager.
I first participated in the Barcelona 1985 conference chaired by Prof. Eduard Ballarín. As professor of economics and decision analysis, I did not attend SMS conferences until after my sabbatical in HBS where I worked with Pankaj Ghemawat and moved into the Strategy Department, in fact to be its chairman in 1993. I went back to SMS in Paris 1994 and I have not missed any international conference since then. I consider that I really got involved when I agreed to organize the Barcelona conference of 1997.
At that time, the SMS had essentially two activities, the SMJ and the annual conferences already alternating Europe and US. The conference was less academic, trying to keep a high standard to attract Practitioners, and even using the high price to keep it to a more elite group of scholars. Everything was run by Dan Schendel with a friendly team around him. Conference chairs were mostly local organizers with relatively little discretion to shape the content of the conference.
My role was essentially the local organization, from hotel, gala events, encouraging the organization of symposia and participation of practitioners, negotiating plenaries with Dan, organizing the review meeting in Barcelona. As anecdotal event, when to conference was approaching, the Spanish Prince (now the king) decided to organize a weeding party at our hotel the Saturday just before the inaugural Sunday (conferences started with a Sunday cocktail). As the hotel cancelled our block room for Saturday, we had to be creative and flexible in our arrangements. At one point, there was some tension with the Royal Family that I had to smooth out.
At the time of my service in the board, things started changed mainly under the leadership of Dan and Mike Hitt, Rich Bettis, Howard Thomas and others. The SMS was growing in all activities, getting more professional, and creating a more open governance system. I was elected President by a vote but with only one candidate (I think I was the last one elected this way). Already in the executive committee, my focus was mostly in the transition of the office from Purdue to Chicago with the newly appointed executive director, Niko Pelkas, and in the increase of the membership. Mike Hitt as President worked hard with others in the establishment of a new contract with Wiley to produce SEJ, as well as some changes in SMJ. An extremely important aspect was the establishment of the Interest Groups, an essential instrument to open and provide active participation to many members.
The changes in the SMS these years were very challenging and I remember working a lot on the bylaws and the governance structure to accommodate the changes. The executive committee had a clear idea of the changes needed, strong cohesion, and determination to improve the Society. I think that those years, with the help of a lot of people, created the new SMS, much larger (moved from 2000 to 3000 members), more open, more transparent.