About the event

The firm’s competitive performance rests on a tripod of strategy, governance, and resource allocation, now facing unprecedented environmental turbulence and necessitating novel and integrative recipes for successful adaptation. 

The strategic management field—from its inception—has recognized the close linkages among strategy (domain choices and ways to compete), corporate governance (including corporate finance), and resource allocation, with each leg of this tripod involving decisions on financial, human, and knowledge capital. 

Heightened turbulence in the global economy has created new challenges for organizations attempting to align purposefully and efficiently their strategy, governance, and resource allocation. They must systematically recombine resources and consider tools such as buffering, modularizing, and strategic options thinking. Effectively aligning changes in each of the tripod dimensions is critical for achieving satisfactory or superior performance outcomes. The SMS 43rd Annual Conference calls for research contributions that support novel thinking about the tripod of strategy, governance, and resource allocation in an era of great environmental turbulence. 

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Submission System Opens


Submission Deadline for Proposals

FEBRUARY 20, 2023

Co-Author Confirmation Deadline

FEBRUARY 27, 2023

Notification of Review Committee Decisions


Presenter Registration Deadline

MAY 19, 2023

Conference Program Available Online


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Registration Information

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Conference Attendees examining papers


SRF Workshop

08:00 - 16:00

Doctoral Workshop

08:30 - 16:30

IG&C Workshops – Half Day Morning

09:00 - 12:00

Conference Lunch + New Members / First-time Attendees Networking Lunch

12:00 - 13:00

IG&C Workshops – Half Day Afternoon

13:00 - 16:00

SMS Programs Hour: Meet the SMS Editors Panel / Conversations with the Fellows LIVE / SMS DEI Committee Session

16:30 - 17:30

SMS Business Meeting

17:45 - 18:45

SMS Awards Recognition + Welcome Reception

19:00 - 21:00

Conference program chairs

Susan Black

Susan Black

The Conference Board of Canada

Susan Black is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s leading independent applied research organization. Since 2018, she has led a successful transformation at The Conference Board of Canada and has focused its efforts on providing rigorous research insights to Canadians across nine knowledge areas. Susan has more than 30 years' experience across sectors and industries. As President of Catalyst Canada, CHRO at Intact Financial, and SVP, People at Holt Renfrew, Susan has dedicated her career to advocating for inclusive environments, stronger employee engagement, and opportunities for women in the workplace. Susan believes in the power of people and expanding her horizon on a daily basis. Susan holds a BA from Yale, has an MBA from Harvard, and obtained a PhD in organizational studies from York University.

Susan Christoffersen

Susan Christoffersen

University of Toronto

Susan Christoffersen is the Dean at the Rotman School of Management and the William A. Downe BMO Chair, Professor of Finance. From 2015 to 2020, Professor Christoffersen served as the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate and Specialized programs. Her research focuses on mutual funds and the role of financial institutions in capital markets. She has published in top finance journals and has been cited in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg News Service, and The Wall Street Journal. Susan has received grants from SSHRC, IFM2, and FQRSC and research awards from Q-Group, Bank of Canada, BSI Gamma Foundation, INQUIRE, and the Swiss Finance Institute.

Andreas Schotter

Andreas Schotter

The Ivey Business School at Western University Canada

A dual Canadian and German citizen, Andreas Schotter is an Associate Professor of International Business at the Ivey Business School. He holds the F.W.P. Jones Faculty Fellowship. He is also a John H. Dunning Fellow at Henley Business School in the UK and an Adjunct Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Before joining the faculty at Ivey, Andreas served on the faculty of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The Wall Street Journal has named him twice WSJ Distinguished Professor of the Year. He has lived and worked in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. As an international strategy and leadership expert, Andreas helps executives and organizations understand the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapidly evolving global economy. He specializes in how to drive the agile decision-making that will prevail in today’s complex and turbulent world. His current research focus is the development of strategies for success in the era of exponential change, business system disruption, the internationalization strategies of digital firms, and the evolution of work and the multinational. Before embarking on an academic career, Andreas was a senior executive across several industries, including luxury consumer goods, automotive, and industrial machinery.

Alain Verbeke

Alain Verbeke

University of Calgary

Alain Verbeke is a Professor of International Business Strategy and holds the McCaig Research Chair in Management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He was previously the Director of the MBA program, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels (VUB). He has been the Inaugural Alan M. Rugman Memorial Fellow at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK) since 2014. Alain has authored or edited 40 books and more than 200 refereed publications. He is a leading thinker on the strategic restructuring of complex organizations, both public agencies and business firms. He has been a member of the European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA) and has served on the boards of directors of various educational and research institutions. Professor Verbeke’s academic research agenda consists of revisiting, rethinking, and augmenting the core paradigms in strategic management and international business, especially internalization theory. Alain is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business and the European International Business Academy.

Hotel & travel

Sheraton Centre Toronto
123 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON M5H 2M9

Hotel Room Reservations

The SMS room block at the Sheraton Centre Toronto is now sold out. We still encourage attendees to capitalize on the additional opportunities to connect with each other by staying at the conference hotel! Please call or visit the Sheraton website to inquire about availability.

Photo of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, and tall building in downtown Toronto

New Members / First-time Attendees Networking Lunch

Hosted by the SMS Board Membership Committee, this luncheon on the first day of the conference is the perfect opportunity for new members and first-time attendees to connect with each other and SMS volunteer leaders in a friendly and informal setting.

Fifth Annual Women’s Networking Lunch

Held during the conference on Sunday, October 1, this luncheon provides the opportunity to engage in table discussions with attendees of all genders on a variety of career issues. Pre-registration required!

Meet the Fellows Networking Lunch

The SMS Fellows is a group of distinguished members who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management—and they would like to meet you! Each discussion table at this Monday luncheon will be hosted by an SMS Fellow. Pre-registration required!

PhD Student Circle LIVE!

Join the Student Ambassadors who manage the new PhD Student Circle on the SMS Member Circle, our online community, for a luncheon roundtable event for PhD students! While this event is designed to support peer-to-peer student networking, faculty who are interested in supporting students are welcome to participate.


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Date  September 29, 2023

Location  Boston Consulting Group, Toronto ON

The Benefits and Challenges of Open Source: Fostering Innovation, Igniting Growth, and the Promise of Equitable Design

Date  September 29, 2023

Location  New York University, New York City, NY, USA

New Directions in Stakeholder Theory

Date  October 4, 2023

Location University of Toronto, Toronto ON