SMS Berkeley: Registration Fees and Virtual Opportunities

We are grateful for our community’s support and their desire to attend the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley. We appreciate your patience as we explored options for moving forward. Due to the circumstances of the cancellation, we are offering registered participants credit and refund options. For full details and information on how to communicate your desired option, please select the below button or visit:

As we all learn to adapt to the challenges presented by our current health crisis, we are working to create opportunities to bring the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley to you in different virtual formats. We will share these opportunities by email and you can also check this website for updates and a schedule of these engagements, which we anticipate will be spread out over several weeks this spring.  

We hope you can join us for one or more of these virtual activities! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SMS Executive Office at 

Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 11:30am CDT


Workshop Dates

February 25, 2020
Submission Deadline for Applications
Early March 2020
Notification of Application Decisions This doctoral workshop is organized in collaboration with the FINDER project. This project (FINDER) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813095.

Doctoral Workshop

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
08:00 - 12:30 hrs, including a mid-morning coffee break 

Workshop Information

The SMS will host a Doctoral Workshop on March 25th, 2020, during the SMS Special Conference Berkeley “Designing the Future: Strategy, Technology, and Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. Attending doctoral students will be accepted through an application process.

The main objectives of this Doctoral Workshop, focusing on strategy and innovation in a digital era, are to foster interaction among leading faculty scholars and doctoral students on various aspects of research and on preparing for a professional career in academia. The doctoral student participants will broaden their academic network with senior faculty from around the world and develop a better understanding of the particularities of the academic career.

The doctoral workshop will have an interactive intent. During the first part, you will encounter senior faculty and other participating students to receive an initial response to your research proposal. In the second part, you will pitch your research, practicing to anticipate, critically reflect and nuance your contribution as part of the academic debate.  The intent is to strengthen and effectively position your research (e.g. the research question, the importance of the research gap, theoretical reasoning, and selection of target journals). Throughout the workshop, you will get a chance to present your work and engage in a constructive dialogue with senior faculty and your peers.

Applicant preference for this workshop will be given to doctoral students whose interests and research to date relate to the focus of the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley. Leading researchers in the field will bring their experience into the discussion to further develop participants’ insight into the key themes of this conference.

The format of the workshop will be a combination of presentations by and interactive discussions with a panel of senior international faculty.


Workshop Program

The following workshop program is tentative and is subject to changes as seen fit by the organizers. 

  • Introductions       
  • Workshop Plenary 
  • Mid-morning coffee break 
  • Round Table Session

Workshop Panelists

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Koen Heimeriks
University of Warwick
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Riitta Katila
Stanford University
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Violina Rindova
University of Southern California
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Sotirios Paroutis
University of Warwick
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Robert Seamans
New York University
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Christopher Tucci
Imperial College London
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Henk Volberda
University of Amsterdam
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Richard Whittington
University of Oxford

Workshop Organizers

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Hendrik Leendert Aalbers
Radboud University
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Saeed Khanagha
VU Amsterdam
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Krsto Pandza
University of Leeds

Application Requirements

All current doctoral students interested in participating in the workshop are invited to submit one file in the Application Box that includes their Curriculum Vitae (highlighting work corresponding to the conference theme) and a description of their planned dissertation research (maximum 3 pages, single-spaced). The dissertation research document should include the following:

  1. research question(s) and importance
  2. intended contributions to theory and practice
  3. theory or theories to draw from and core constructs of interest (include a conceptual model if possible)
  4. the empirical context and methods, and
  5. stage of your work and expected completion date

Applications should be submitted through the workshop website by February 25, 2020.

Applicants will be notified in early March 2020 of their application status by the workshop organizers. Participants in the workshop must be registered for SMS Special Conference in Berkeley.