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The prize is awarded annually to a relatively young or new scholar, who displays exemplary scholarship as demonstrated in research, education, and related academic activities that seek to improve current strategic management practice.


2015 Emerging Scholar Winner

Aaron ChatterjiPhoto of Aaron Chatterji

The below text was written by SMS member Anita McGahan. Anita McGahan coordinated the submission of letters of recommendation for Aaron Chatterji during the nomination process.

Aaron Chatterji is an Associate Professor with tenure at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a recent visitor to the Harvard Business School. He previously served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth.

Aaron’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business. He was awarded an inaugural Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation to recognize his work as a leading scholar in entrepreneurship. He also received the Rising Star award from the Aspen Institute for his work on business and public policy. His research has been published in leading academic journals and been cited by The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. He has authored several op-ed pieces in leading newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, appeared on national TV and radio, and was recently profiled in The Financial Times and Fortune. Aaron has also testified as an expert witness at the House Committee on Small Business and the U.S. Department of State and served as a Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He serves as a board member for Durham Communities in Schools, an education-focused non-profit, and advises technology start-up companies on innovation and strategy. Aaron is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. He received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Although Aaron’s research interests have evolved since he earned his doctorate, he has sustained a focus over time on the foundations of entrepreneurship and innovation. Early in his career, Aaron explored the influence of public policy and other factors on strategic choices by entrepreneurs and innovators. His papers deal with such issues as the impact of credit-card debt on entrepreneurship, conflicts of interest, and the influence of rating systems on corporate social responsibility. Aaron's nominators for the Award offered the following observations on his body of work:

  • "His papers are striking because they pick compelling problems and address them through well-collected data and elegant empirical tests."
  • “He has written with and published in outlets that reach economists, legal scholars, policy makers, and health practitioners as well as academics in entrepreneurship and strategic management. What I love most about Aaron’s approach to a problem is his unyielding interest in the phenomenon at hand. His is fundamentally interested in uncovering important causal relationships and is eclectic regarding theory – seeing theoretical analysis as a tool for uncovering significant relationships rather than only an end of itself."
  • “[H]e is deeply interested in learning from managers and policy makers and, in turn, applying his research and that of his colleagues to achieve meaningful change in the world."
  • “Aaron excels in all the key dimensions of scholarship. He is very productive, conducting interesting research on important areas that is getting published in the top journals of the field, delivering handily on the teaching front, and is also contributing to our broader social mission through his service in the public arena as an Economic Advisor."

Aaron’s current research delves into the process of business formation and the creation of new ideas. In one new project, Aaron and his co-author administered a survey to document the precise steps that aspiring entrepreneurs take in launching a venture. The results revealed that the entrepreneurship is tied both to local geography and income levels. In another project, he is investigating how entrepreneurs use analogies both to develop ideas and to improve pitches. He is now relying on field experiments, a methodologically innovative approach to the analysis of innovation. He describes his research goal as to get inside the black box of “what do entrepreneurs and innovators do?”

Interview with Aaron Chatterji



2014 Emerging Scholar Winner

Andrew ShipilovPhoto of Andrew Shipilov

The below text was written by SMS member Akz Zaheer. Aks Zaheer was one of the individuals who submitted a letter of recommendation for Andrew Shipilov during the nomination process.

Andrew Shipilov is a superb choice for the award as he has not only crafted an outstanding body of work in his career so far but has also made hugely significant contributions to many areas of the field, specifically, in addition to research, to the domains of institution building, service, practitioner outreach, and teaching.

Andrew's research has been both prolific and remarkable. I often read his papers with mixed feelings -- surprise and delight at the brilliant perspective and twist, tinged with some remorse at not having thought of the idea myself!

The quantity of Andrew’s output, in the relatively short span of just over eight years since graduation from Toronto’s Rotman School, is prodigious by any standards. As his vita shows, Andrew has 18 peer-reviewed papers in the top-most management journals, in addition to three practitioner papers, two books and several book chapters. Such a productivity rate in the top journals is highly unusual, and marks him out one of the most promising scholars the field has seen in years.

Andrew’s contributions to the field extend considerably beyond the quality and quantity of these high-impact papers. Recently, he has published a book on networks and alliances (Network Advantage: How to Unlock Value from Your Alliances and Partnerships) (with Greve and Rowley). The book is a terrific model of how we scholars can also make compelling contributions to the world of practice, and take the knowledge that we generate with our papers to inform practitioners in the “real” world. In addition, Andrew has published his work in top practitioner journals, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. By taking such major steps in this direction, Andrew provides us with a role model of scholarship at the very highest levels that is also majorly engaged with practice, so crucial for the broader legitimacy of our field.

A model scholar such as one deserving of the SMS Emerging Scholar Award must also engage in service to the field, and more to the point, in institution building for the field. Andrew excels handily on both these dimensions. He has a long list of service accomplishments, but the one I would like to particularly recognize is the bi-annual conference on organizational networks that he has been instrumental in organizing at INSEAD, and which is going to take place for the fourth time this coming October. This conference has developed into the premier organizational and strategic network conference for the field as a whole, attracting sparkling luminaries, and creating the forum for a regular airing, reenergizing and revitalizing of the field. Andrew deserves huge credit for his vision and drive in creating and institutionalizing this conference as a forum.

In conclusion, Andrew stands out as one who has contributed magnificently to superb and fulsome scholarship in the field, to outstanding professional service, to plentiful practitioner engagement and to crucial institution-building. His solid teaching record to various audiences marks him out further as an individual highly committed to the profession. All in all, Professor Andrew Shipilov presents a most unique exemplar of a rare and very special all-around scholar, excelling in all dimensions, and fully deserving of the SMS Emerging Scholar recognition. Bravo Andrew!

Interview with Andrew Shipilov


2013 Emerging Scholar Winner

Gary DushnitskyPhoto of Gary Dushnitsky

Gary Dushnitsky (PhD, NYU) is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. Prior to joining London Business School he served as a faculty member at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Mack Center for Technological Innovation, at the Wharton School.

His award-winning research focuses on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Specifically, Gary Dushnitsky explores the shifting landscape of entrepreneurial finance; studying the strategic interactions between entrepreneurs and investors in such settings as corporate venture capital and crowdfunding. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals -- including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Nature Biotechnology and others. It has been featured in major media channels; among them: Business Week, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur Magazine, Les Echos, and others.

His dissertation was awarded best dissertation prizes by three divisions of the Academy of Management -- Entrepreneurship (1st place); Technology and Innovation (1st place); and Business Policy and Strategy (finalist). More recently, the Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation awarded him the inaugural Kauffmann Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (2009).

Gary Dushnitsky serves as a senior editor at Organization Science and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and is or has been, a member of several editorial review boards. Since 2011, he serves as an elected officer of the Competitive Strategy Interest Group at the Strategic Management Society. He also advises corporations on a range of corporate venturing issues, and has been involved in several reports and panels including the Ernst & Young Corporate Venture Capital Report (2009) and the World Economic Forum (2011).

The following are some illustrative quotes from the nomination letters for Gary Dushnitsky:

  • "From the beginning of his career, I believed that Gary had the potential to be one of the world’s most influential young scholars in strategy and entrepreneurship."
  • "I have been impressed with his ability to use this empirical context to examine some of the most central issues in the field of strategic management and entrepreneurship."
  • "He is the world authority on corporate venture capital programs and is undertaking important research exploring the strategic implications of open innovation and markets for innovation."
  • "In addition to the soundness of Gary’s research, he has the important ability to be able to step back and interpret what his research means to practice. It is for this reason that Gary has made important connections with professional practice given the stage of his career. He has presented at the World Economic Forum and contributed to the 2009 Ernst and Young Corporate Venture Capital report. He has been on panels with managers, entrepreneurs, and investors where he brings to bear his expertise."
  • "Gary is addressing some of the most central and crucial questions in strategic management and entrepreneurship theory, using an empirical context where many of these issues are particularly germane. Indeed, my expectation is that Gary’s work will begin to transcend research on CVCs, but continue to address fundamental issues in the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship."

Interview with Gary Dushnitsky


2012 Emerging Scholar Winner

Dovev LaviePhoto of Dovev Lavie

Dovev Lavie has been selected to receive the 2012 Strategic Management Society Emerging Scholar Award. Dovev currently serves as an Associate Professor with the William Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion – Israel institute of technology, Haifa, Israel, which he joined in 2006. For Dovev this was a return to his academic roots as he was awarded a B.A. in Economics and Management (1996), a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management (1996) and an M.Sc. in Business Administration (1998) from the Technion.

Dovev enrolled at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, received an M.A. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Management in 2004. His dissertation committee at Wharton included Professors Lori Rosenkopf, Ranjay Gulati, Nicolaj Siggelkow, Harbir Singh (who was his advisor) and Sidney Winter (who was his chair). Based on his doctoral studies at Wharton he received the 2005 INFORMS TMS Best Dissertation Award and the 2007 Academy of Management Newman Award for Best Paper based on a Dissertation.

Upon graduating from Wharton, he served as an assistant professor at the McCombs School of business at the University of Texas at Austin from 2004 to 2006. At McCombs he taught in the undergraduate business program.

Dovev's body of work, in excess of thirty articles, has been published in leading management journals. As one of the individuals supporting Dovev's nomination as the 2012 Emerging Scholar observed:

  • "Frankly, his body of work suggests significant contributions to our knowledge in the field and it is surprising that he is so young in chronological age and in the field. His record of productivity and continuing research suggest that Professor Lavie will likely be a highly productive scholar and will make significant contributions to our field throughout the next several stages of his career".

Another nominator commented:

  • Dovev is, without question, the most incredibly hard-working and productive scholar I know. When he originally proposed some of his dissertation ideas for his project proposal in our doctoral seminar in network theory and applications, I told him that he would be wasting his time to try to discern network position effects on firm performance. After unbelievably intensive data collection and analysis, Dovev proved me wrong. His quantitative dissertation-based paper on this topic, published in SMJ in 2007, changes the way we think about alliance network positioning, and has already received 176 citations on Google Scholar. This work was recognized with the Academy of Management's Newman Award for best paper from a dissertation.

Dovev's service to the profession is exceptional: he serves on the Research Committee of the Academy of Management BPS Division and the Organizing Committee of the Israel Strategy Conference, which he co-founded. As one of his letter writers observed:

  • Prof. Lavie had made a significant contribution to the field, serving on the review board of the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization. For three of these journals Prof. Lavie has been awarded the Outstanding Editorial Board Member Awards (SMJ in 2011 and 2010, AMJ in 2010, and AMR in 2006). His service to the profession is exemplary.

Finally, the members of the Awards Committee note that Dovev has also put much effort into developing and maintaining forums for strategy scholars to interact, including the Israel Strategy Conference; in his role as SMS Associate program Chair for the newly created Cooperative Strategies Interest Group for the Prague Conference, and as an initiator of an SMS Special Conference in Israel. Members of the committee noted that Professor Lavie has served as a member of the SMS Conference Review Committee for Best Ph.D. Paper Prize in 2011. In addition, he has served as a member of the review committees for the Corporate Strategy and Corporate Governance and the Competitive Strategy Interest Groups for the SMS. He has also attended the SMS annual conference on a regular basis and has been a member of SMS since 2001.

Interview with Dovev Lavie


2011 Emerging Scholar Winner

David SirmonPhoto of David Sirmon

David G. Sirmon has been selected to receive the 2011 Strategic Management Society Emerging Scholar Award. David is currently the Pamela M. & Barent W. Cater '77 Faculty Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Management at the Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University. David received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from Arizona State University in 2004. Building from the resource-based view, his research explores the role of managers in realizing competitive advantage and wealth creation. Additional research interests include strategic entrepreneurship as well as firm governance focusing on family business and boards of directors. Since earning his Ph.D. (seven years), he has published 19 journal articles, including eight articles in consensus top journals such as the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ – 5), the Academy of Management Review (AMR - 2), and the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ). Furthermore, he has a number of publications in other top outlets including the Journal of Management (JoM - 2), the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Strategic Entreperuesnhip Journal (SEJ), Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods and Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice (ET&P - 3). His work has been recognized with Best Paper Finalist Awards in 2010 from AMR, 2011 from AMLE, and 2008 from JMS, both a Showcase Symposium Award and Best Symposium Award in 2010 from the Academy of Management, and the Research Excellence Award from Clemson University in 2005.

Although he has a number of high quality publications, his 2007 Academy of Management Review was signaled by one letter writer: "Obviously, there has been much work on the resource-based view, but very little has focused on the dynamics of value creation, and in particular, on leveraging resources to create value." This scholar continues regarding the 2007 article: "There were over 50 papers submitted to this Special Issue in AMR, and in my view, this is the best article we published. Currently, this paper has 320 Google citations. In fact, this paper has the highest citation count for any article published in AMR during 2007." In addition, this writer said the following about some of his other papers, "His 2003 Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice paper is also the most cited paper published in ET&P in 2003, and his Journal of Management paper is the fourth most cited paper published in this journal in 2003. So, not only has Professor Sirmon been productive, but his work shows early signs of impact."

His appointment to serve on the editorial review boards of AMJ, SJM and Journal of Business Venturing is also indicative of the professional recognition he has earned. In fact, another letter writer, said the following about his work, "I have found Professor Sirmon's research to be thoughtfully conceived and stimulating. He's carved out a promising area of research and developed an exciting research agenda." Continuing this writer states "He tests ideas effectively using a number of theoretical perspectives, including resource-based view of the firm and competitive dynamics, highlighting the role of managers. One of his main contributions in this topic has been to re-inject leadership and managerial actions into the RBV logic."

Interview with David Sirmon


2010 Emerging Scholar Winner

Yan Anthea ZhangPhoto of Yan Anthea Zhang

Yan Anthea Zhang has been selected to receive the 2010 SMS Emerging Scholar Award. Anthea Zhang received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is currently a Distinguished Associate Professor of Management in the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. She has been a highly prolific scholar during her nine years in the profession with a total of 27 publications, 19 of which are in scholarly journals. In addition, many articles are in top scholarly journals in the field, to include the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of Management, among others. She is first author or sole author on 16 of her journal articles. Her most prominent research has focused on CEO leadership, with an emphasis on CEO succession and dismissal in major organizations. In addition, she has also made contributions to research on firm strategies in emerging markets. One of her senior scholar described Anthea Zhang's research as characterized by theoretical novelty and rigorous empirical analysis applied to research questions of high managerial relevance. The practical influence of her research is shown by the citations in many top business media outlets such as the Economist, BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, among others.

Anthea Zhang has also provided significant service to the profession. For example, she serves on the editorial review boards of several scholarly journals such as Strategic Management Journal and Academy of Management Journal. She has been active in the International Association for Chinese Management Research, holding several positions and also active in the Strategic Management Society, currently as a representative-at-large in the Corporate Strategy and Corporate Governance Interest Group. She is an incoming associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal.

One senior scholar summed up her record in this way "Professor Zhang is an extraordinarily productive scholar with a national and international reputation for her research... Her work has made a fundamental contribution to the strategy field and her service to the professional is impressive..."

Interview with Yan Anthea Zhang


2009 Emerging Scholar Winner

Michael LenoxPhoto of Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox holds a Ph.D. from MIT and is currently the director of the Batten Institute and Samuel L. Stover Professor of Business at the Darden School, University of Virginia. Michael Lenox was selected from a field of excellent candidates because of his research productivity, contributions to the field and future potential. He has 22 journal articles with publications in top scholarly journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science and Organization Science, among others. His research has focused in and made contributions to two primary streams of work (1) Strategy, Environment and Nonmarket Strategies (stakeholder engagement, operational efficiencies and the environment and industry self regulation) and (2) Technology, Strategy and Innovation (transformation in R&D foci and programs, open innovation).

He has served or serves on the editorial review board for several scholarly journals including the Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science. In addition, he was appointed as an Associate Editor for Management Science in 2009. His future research integrates theoretical notions from his two major streams of research with the intent of giving voice to strategic management research into public policies. In summary, he is a bright young scholar with much promise to make important contributions to the field of strategic management and in other arenas.

Interview with Michael Lenox


2008 Emerging Scholar Winner

Photo of Riitta KatilaRiitta Katila

Riitta Katila is an Assistant Professor of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. Since receiving her Ph.D. in 2000, her research has influenced two research directions in strategic management. The first focuses on boundary-spanning activities such as acquisitions and collaborations, and the second on how firms re-deploy their existing technologies to create durable competitive advantage. She studies these questions longitudinally in technology-based industries such as robotics using a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and computational methods. Her work on these two key questions in technology strategy has appeared in the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Research Policy, Administrative Science Quarterly and other outlets, and is frequently cited by scholars in the strategy field.

The SMS Emerging Scholar Award recognizes Riitta Katila's contributions as one of the leading young strategy scholars in the field, as well as her contributions to the professional community and to undergraduate and graduate student education.

Interview with Riitta Katila


2007 Emerging Scholar Winner

Photo of Jeffrey J. ReuerJeffrey J. Reuer

Professor Reuer is the Boyd W. Harris, Jr. Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Strategic Management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. Since he received his Ph.D. in 1997, he has been a prolific scholar with a number of articles in top scholarly journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Journal of International Business Studies, among others. His research has made important contributions to our knowledge of the governance of strategic alliances (largely using theory in information economics) and to corporate investment decisions (applying real options theory). Although young in the field (10 years since his Ph.D.), his work is highly cited by scholars and recognized in practice evidenced by such prominent business press media as The Financial Times. Professor Reuer is one of the top young scholars in the Strategic Management field and is positioned to make additional major contributions to the field in years to come.

The 2007 award was presented to Jeff Reuer during the SMS 27th Annual International Conference in San Diego on Oct 16, 2007. The conference also featured a special session where Jeff Reuer presented his research.



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