Join the Strategic Management Society!

We welcome any individual, who is active in the Strategic Management field, either as academic scholar or teacher, as business practitioner, or in a consulting capacity, to join the Strategic Management Society, the premier organization dedicated to the Strategic Management field.

Through regular international conferences; through three outstanding scholarly journals; through the activities and networking provided by the Interest Groups and Communities; through the recognition of excellence provided by its awards and honors program, the SMS was instrumental in forming the field of Strategic Management and continues to service and provide a home for professionals involved in this area. Join us and be an involved contributor to the field of Strategic Management!

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Member Engagement

Throughout the year, SMS provides opportunities for members to engage through additional content and activities as a benefit of their membership.

Membership Composition

Our members represent regions throughout the world, with 45% from North America, 33% from Europe, 15% from Asia, and 7% from Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. Of the members, 24% are doctoral students from schools around the world.


A Note for Institutions

While SMS does not have an institutional membership, there are several ways in which your firm or school can be involved.

  • Propose and plan a special conference
  • Organize a conference extension
  • Sponsor an event at one of our conferences

If any of these options are of interest to you, please contact the SMS Executive Office at:

What are the Benefits of Membership with the SMS?

How to Join the SMS

Membership is open to individuals actively involved in the field of Strategic Management and spans one calendar (January 1 - December 31)  year without renewal.

Types of Membership:

Regular - Membership Dues: US$160 for 2020
Emeritus - Membership Dues: US$80 for 2020
  • Individuals who have passed the age of 65 and have been an SMS member for at least 10 years can request to have their membership status changed to “emeritus”. All rights of the full membership remain.
Student - Membership Dues: US$80 for 2020
  • For SMS membership purposes, students are individuals who are enrolled full-time, in-residence at the PhD granting institution. Individuals can be members in the SMS on student status for up to 5 years. For the initial year of student status, proof of enrollment from the PhD granting institution and a confirmation letter from a major professor are required.


Dana Minbaeva
Copenhagen Business School

Guidelines for Professional Conduct

The Board of Directors for the Society approved a set of Guidelines for Professional Conduct for the Society and Society members. The guidelines were developed and recommended to the Board by a task force chaired by Bob Hoskisson.

The guidelines were developed to provide a statement of the basic values of the SMS as a professional society. Furthermore, they were intended to provide guidance to members regarding their behavior in given situations as members of the profession and the field of strategic management. This statement of values and guidelines for professional behavior, we believe, can be helpful to the continued development of our field. It should promote development in a way that respects others in our field and adjacent fields, as well as provides principles that serve as guides for our professional behavior. Thus, the guidelines are specifically intended to be helpful to our members in the Society and others in the profession.

A number of other professional organizations have codes of ethics. We felt it was important for our professional society to have a statement of our values—values that support the members of the profession and the field of strategic management. One primary reason for developing a set of guidelines for professional conduct is to help our members in making decisions about their own professional actions that contribute to the further development of the field of strategic management. Finally, we believe such guidelines could be especially helpful to new members of the field and the Society.

We hope members will view these guidelines as helpful and supportive in their activities in the profession. Over time, each of us may be confronted with issues where the appropriate behavior may be difficult to ascertain. We hope these guidelines help members sort out some of those issues and make appropriate decisions regarding their own professional conduct. Therefore, we hope our members and others in the profession will read carefully and use these guidelines as they make decisions about their own professional behavior.