Welcome from the Dean of the SMS Fellows


It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Strategic Management Society Fellows. As Dean of the SMS Fellows, together with Aks Zaheer, the Deputy Dean, we lead the group of Fellows, a group inaugurated by the Society’s Board of Directors in 2005 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary meeting of the SMS. The purpose of the Fellows is to recognize and honor members of the SMS who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management, and who exemplify the founding principles and purposes of the Strategic Management Society itself.

The Fellows provide a forum for discussion and meeting among persons recognized as Fellows. While the Fellows have no authority to engage in establishing policy for the SMS, the Fellows take seriously the exercise of leadership in the field of strategic management. It was decided at the 2010 annual meeting in Rome that the Fellows should reflect and report on the most critical issues that are currently affecting the field of Strategic Management. Another responsibility of the Fellows is to identify and elect new, worthy members to the Fellows Group. Per our constitution, an election is held each year for nominees put forth by the membership committee of the Fellows Group.

For the 2019 annual SMS conference, we would like to initiate a “Fellows Café”.  We would designate two tables at the breakfast on Day 1 and 2 of the conference for Fellows to engage in conversations with attendees.  If you have other suggestions on how we can better engage with the SMS membership, Aks and I look forward to your suggestions.

I look forward to working with you as a member of the Fellows Group.


Margarethe Wiersema                                                                       
Dean, SMS Fellows                                                                                                                                            

picture of Margarethe Wiersema
Margarethe Wiersema
University of California, Irvine
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Aks Zaheer
University of Minnesota