About the event

The SMS Conference in Istanbul coincides with the 30th anniversary of the highly influential edited volume of Fundamental Issues in Strategy: A Research Agenda, published in 1994. In its introduction, the editors, Richard P. Rumelt, Dan E. Schendel, and David J. Teece, define strategic management as an “interdisciplinary subject” that “may never enter an era of “normal science” by settling on a paradigm and exploring its implications.

The editors further predicted that “perhaps strategic management is pre-paradigmatic, …, probably always offer[ing] shifting perspectives and relatively incommensurable research approaches.” Consequently, Rumelt, Schendel, and Teece identified “four fundamental issues posed in the form of questions [to] help define the field of strategic management”: “How do firms behave? Why are firms different? What is the function of, or value added by, the headquarters unit in a multibusiness firm? What determines the success or failure of the firm in international competition?”

They were right. The strategic management field did not converge to a single paradigm to represent another “Khunian model of science.” Instead, the field evolved with new paradigms, methodologies, and new questions. As evidenced by the number of interest groups in SMS, strategic management branched into sub-areas by building on the fundamentals of economics, sociology, psychology, and other fields. With this proliferation of different paradigms, the field expanded to include different units of analyses beyond firms, such as knowledge, relationships, individuals, and ecosystems. In isolation, these paradigms are consistent with their respective disciplinary roots. However, as part of the strategic management field, the integrated view reveals conceptual fault lines, contradictory predictions and prescriptions, and divergences between theories and practice.

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Submission System Opens

Mid-DECEMBER, 2023

Submission Deadline for Proposals

FEBRUARY 21, 2024

Notification of Acceptance Decisions; Registration Opens

MID-APRIL, 2024

Presenter Registration Deadline

MAY 21, 2024

Conference Program Available Online

Mid-july, 2024

SMS Annual Conference

October 19 - OCTOBER 22, 2024

call for proposals

The SMS Conference in Istanbul coincides with the 30th anniversary of the highly influential edited volume of Fundamental Issues in Strategy: A Research Agenda, published in 1994. In its introduction, the editors, Richard P. Rumelt, Dan E. Schendel, and David J. Teece, define strategic management as an “interdisciplinary subject” that “may never enter an era of “normal science” by settling on a paradigm and exploring its implications.

The editors further predicted that “perhaps strategic management is pre-paradigmatic, …, probably always offer[ing] shifting perspectives and relatively incommensurable research approaches.” Consequently, Rumelt, Schendel, and Teece identified “four fundamental issues posed in the form of questions [to] help define the field of strategic management”: “How do firms behave? Why are firms different? What is the function of, or value added by, the headquarters unit in a multibusiness firm? What determines the success or failure of the firm in international competition?”

They were right. The strategic management field did not converge to a single paradigm to represent another “Khunian model of science.” Instead, the field evolved with new paradigms, methodologies, and new questions. As evidenced by the number of interest groups in SMS, strategic management branched into sub-areas by building on the fundamentals of economics, sociology, psychology, and other fields. With this proliferation of different paradigms, the field expanded to include different units of analyses beyond firms, such as knowledge, relationships, individuals, and ecosystems. In isolation, these paradigms are consistent with their respective disciplinary roots. However, as part of the strategic management field, the integrated view reveals conceptual fault lines, contradictory predictions and prescriptions, and divergences between theories and practice.

In the meantime, some fundamental concepts that strategic management takes for granted in formulating those four questions and their extensions have become debatable. Globalization is no longer a global anthem; the world is moving from a unipolar state to an undecided but tumultuous period of competition among the emerging blocks of nation-states. Despite the anti-trust regulations, global or otherwise, industries are dominated by mega-firms with access to progressively granular data about their markets, customers, employees, and governments. Governments identify some foreign firms as national security threats in addition to sanctioning them, and multinational firms sanction nation-states depending on their home country’s foreign policies. Multinational firms increasingly must reconcile often opposing demands from their home versus host governments in a rapidly polarized and conflict-prone world. Distinctions between for-profit firms and not-for-profit organizations are mainly superficial since for-profit firms pursue not-for-profit investments, and not-for-profit organizations have sizable profits and invest in profit-generating opportunities.

In 1994, the emergence of fault lines, divergences, and contradictions among the paradigms of strategic management that are often unchallenged or even unrecognized was not predictable. Not surprisingly, each paradigm also commands its echo chambers and silos in scholarship and practice. While efficient, this type of specialization can potentially diminish the wealth of valuable insights that can emerge from constraining these paradigms with each other– that, by finding ways to straddle multiple paradigms in practice, is how firms precisely survive and grow.

This conference examines these and other fault lines, contradictions, and divergences among strategic management paradigms in scholarship and practice. İstanbul, Türkiye, with deep historical roots in multiple civilizations across millennia, is perhaps the best location for this theme. The city has inspired countless thinkers with its beauty in the concurrence and amalgamation of literal and figurative contradictions, divergences, and fault lines. We hope the conference's theme and location will similarly inspire strategic management scholars, practitioners, and students.

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We invite you to organize a SMS Conference Extension! Learn more about the guidelines, timeline, and submit your Extension proposal by clicking the button below.

Registration Information

Registration for SMS Istanbul will open in mid-April of 2024. Please check back here for further information.

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Conference program chairs

Asli Musaoglu Arikan

Asli Musaoglu Arikan

Kent State University

Asli M. Arikan is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University with concentrations in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance. Her research focuses on corporate strategy; technological investment decisions; firm survival, IPO, and growth; entrepreneurial opportunities, valuation, and cognition and the relationship between intangible assets and firm performance. Her recent papers appeared in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Finance, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of International Business Studies. She is a recipient of several research awards, including the Strategic Management Society Booz-Allen Hamilton Paper Prize and Robert Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award. She is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of SMJ and AMR. Asli also has been active in the leadership of SMS’s Corporate and Competitive Strategy Interest Groups as well as the Research Methods Community. She also served on the Research Committee of BPS Division in the Academy of Management.

ŞUHNAZ YILMAZ ÖZBAĞCI

Şuhnaz Yilmaz Özbağci

Koç University

Professor Yılmaz graduated from the International Relations Department of Bilkent University in 1993 as the Valedictorian. She received her M.A and Ph.D. from Princeton University, in 1995 and 2000, consecutively, specializing in Near Eastern Studies and International Relations. She conducted her post-doctoral Studies at Harvard University. She was a Visiting Professor at UCLA with a dual appointment at the Department of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the Luskin Center for Innovation (2016-2017 ). She held visiting faculty positions at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University and the Center for International Studies Princeton University. She received many national and international awards and grants. In 2008, she was granted the prestigious Distinguished Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, and in 2016, she received the Koç University Outstanding Teaching Award. She is a Professor of International Relations and currently serves as the Dean of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics (CASE) and the Director of the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Koc University.

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Nilhan Onal Gökçetekin

Hepsiburada CEO

Nilhan Onal Gökçetekin has been serving as CEO of Hepsiburada since January 2023.
In the seven years before joining Hepsiburada, Onal not only succeeded in important categories such as consumer electronics, insurance, clothing and shoes in Amazon Europe, butalso founded and became the world leader of Amazon Shipping company. Prior to her career at Amazon, Onal also has undertaken important and different senior management roles within Proctor & Gamble in many categories and geographies, from food and cosmetics to home care products. In addition to her many awards, Nilhan Onal was included in the list of Turkey's most successful executives in the world (H&S - Global Turks par Excellence) and in the lists of Europe's most important female technology leaders in 2021. Onal graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations, completed her MBA in Marketing and Finance at Boğaziçi University, and also completed the "Advanced Management Program" at Harvard Business School.

Welcome to Istanbul

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the Strategic Management Society's 44th Annual Conference in İstanbul, Türkiye from October 19th to 22nd, 2024. This year’s theme is “Strategic Management of Fault Lines, Contradictions, and Divergences.” Along with the refreshing conference content, this event also presents a unique opportunity to explore İstanbul, a city some of you will visit for the first time. İstanbul has much to offer its visitors and will provide a captivating backdrop to what promises to be a thought-provoking and stimulating annual conference. Therefore, we recommend that you plan your visit ahead of time to make the most of your attendance.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "If the world were a single state, İstanbul would be its capital." While İstanbul served 1500 years as the capital of the Roman and Ottoman Empires, it is also called the capital of cats. So, come for one of the most memorable SMS conferences, and let the city mesmerize you with its magnificent history, architecture, culture, food, and scenery. There is something undeniably unique for everyone in İstanbul, a continuously inhabited 10,000-year-old city standing on two continents, exploding with cultural immersion opportunities as soon as you leave your hotel rooms and start exploring.

İstanbul, a vibrant city with 16 million inhabitants and a host to as many annual visitors, produces well over a quarter of Türkiye's GDP. You will be fascinated by how everything communes in a living mosaic of diversity, compassion, hospitality, and inclusion. There is a lot to see and do. Take a trip to the Grand Bazaar or the 17th-century Spice Bazaar in Eminönü. Bring your comfy walking shoes and plan for more than a day to visit the Sultanahmet District, home to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern, and some of the other landmarks such as Galata, Maiden's Tower, and the Golden Horn. İstanbul Museums await you with over one million artifacts, such as the earliest love poem captured on a Sumerian clay tablet (c. 2000 BCE).

Taking a Bosphorus tour with a ferry will let you see the coastlines while feeding the seagulls with your simit and drinking hot tea on the deck. The city's silhouette will weave the grand mosques with the skyscrapers, the beautiful historic mansions on the waterfront with the palaces, and the bridges with the world's smallest sea, Marmara that connects the warm salty Aegean Sea water to the cold fresh Black Sea water. İstanbul is an exhilarating city of restaurants, sweets shops, on-every-corner cafes, patisseries, bars, clubs, art exhibits, festivals, music halls, and concert venues. While there are endless other options for all dietary preferences, Turkish cuisine will win your heart.

In short, we can hardly wait to say “Hoş geldiniz to İstanbul!” for an unforgettable experience.

Hotel & travel

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Merkez, Silahşör Cd. No:42, 34381
Şişli/İstanbul
Türkiye

Hotel Room Reservations

Make the most of your conference experience by staying where all the conference sessions and activities will take place! We have reserved a block of discounted rooms at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti for October 17, 2024 through October 23, 2024. Click here to book your stay! Available while supplies last.

Please note that sleeping rooms must be secured with a valid credit card. All credit cards used to reserve the room will be charged 28 days before the event date for one night’s stay, and all remaining accommodation fees 7 days before the event date. Cancellations without penalty are accepted until 28 days prior; no cancellations will be accepted within 7 days of the event. Buffet breakfast is included.

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Sponsorship
Opportunities

More than 1,000 attendees from around the world will participate in sessions with scholars presenting their cutting-edge research, keynote speeches, practitioner panels, and workshops, as well as a variety of networking events. Being a sponsor or exhibitor at the SMS Annual Conference builds visibility for your company or university and connects you with educators and leaders in the field.