A Brave New World

Strategies for Adapting to a Changing Business Environment

The world of business is changing rapidly. Digitization and artificial intelligence are transforming the nature of work, enabling new business models, new organizational forms, and new modes of entrepreneurship. The SMS Special Conference in Hangzhou seeks to bring together ambitious and cutting-edge research that explores this "Brave New World." We aim to showcase work that not only sheds new light on these emerging phenomena, but also examines the implications of these trends for existing research and practice. We aspire to foster an engaged and critical dialog, drawing together not only leading scholars from Asia and around the world, but also executives and practitioners who grapple with these phenomena on a daily basis.


JANUARY 21, 2020
Round 1 Proposal Submission Deadline
JANUARY 27, 2020
Round 1 Co-Author Confirmation Deadline
Notification of Review Committee Decisions for Round 1
JUNE 15, 2020
Round 2 Proposal Submission Deadline
JUNE 19, 2020
Round 2 Co-Author Confirmation Deadline
Notification of Review Committee Decisions for Round 2
Author Registration Deadline
DECEMBER 10-12, 2020
SMS Special Conference in Hangzhou

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We are grateful for the support from Alibaba Business School for this conference. To learn more about the Alibaba Group, visit their website!

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Important Update

We appreciate your understanding and patience as the SMS Executive Office worked closely with our partners in China to explore how best to respond to the coronavirus and its potential impact on the planned Special Conference in Hangzhou, China. We remain very committed to hosting this event with Zhejiang University School of Management and Alibaba Business School and to moving forward with this planning process, while still focusing on the health and safety of our partners and attendees. After careful consideration and discussion in recent weeks, we have decided to reschedule the conference to December 10-12, 2020.

Since this conference will be in December, we will reopen the website for a second round of proposal submissions to be considered for presentation. Please see the updated dates for the conference posted to the left and begin preparing your proposals! We anticipate opening registration for the conference in late July.

SMS has been very encouraged by the strong response to the call for proposals for its Special Conference in Hangzhou, China. The conference had among the highest number of submissions for an SMS special conference in recent years, reflecting a great interest among SMS members to engage with strategy scholars and practitioners in China. We believe that rescheduling the conference will provide the best opportunity for the conference to have the impact and reach we had all envisioned and we look forward to seeing many of you in Hangzhou in December!

Should you have any questions about the rescheduled dates or the second round of proposal submissions, please contact the SMS Executive Office at

We are pleased to partner with the School of Management of Zhejiang University for this Special Conference in Hangzhou. To learn more about the School, visit their website here.

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