Welcome from the Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation to you to join us in Houston for the 37th Strategic Management Society Annual Conference. We are truly excited to host a great conference in a great city!

Houston has come a long way since its founding in 1836 by the Allen brothers on the west bank of Buffalo Bayou. From its humble beginnings as a trading post and haven for land speculation, Houston has become one of the largest and most energetic cities in the world. Although principally known as the capital of the energy industry in the United States and home to Mission Control for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), Houston actually boasts a diverse array of commercial, civic, and cultural activities. It is home to the world’s largest concentration of health care resources (the Texas Medical Center) and the second largest theatre district (by theatre seats) in the U.S. It has been named by Southern Living as the “city of the future.”

While the Allen brothers would not recognize Houston’s skyline or world class industries, they would recognize its audacious attitude and intent to excel at big, lofty goals. The conference theme, “Unconventional Strategies for Emerging Complexity and Intensifying Diversity,” reflects Houston’s past, present, and future. We live in a complicated and challenging world, it is time to move beyond conventional wisdom and explore unconventional strategies. Houston is a great location for us to meet and discuss this grand topic.

Our venue will be the Hilton Americas- Houston Hotel across the street from Discovery Green Park – a 12-acre urban park in the heart of downtown Houston that is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, music clubs, and major sporting venues. Nearby a rail station provides access to the Theater District, Museum District, Hermann Park, Houston Zoo, University of Houston, Rice University, NRG Football Park, and the Medical Center. The area immediately around Hilton Americas-Houston is currently being moved to an even higher peak in preparation for the National Football League’s Super Bowl being held in February of 2017.

It is our hope that the conference theme and subthemes in our Call for Papers will inspire you to send interdisciplinary, creative, and novel submissions. We plan to delight you with stimulating keynote speakers, panels, excursions, and paper sessions. And, of course, you will receive a major dose of Texas hospitality.

Program Chairs

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Laura B. Cardinal
University of South Carolina
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C. Chet Miller
University of Houston
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Yan Anthea Zhang
Rice University