SMS Annual Doctoral Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 - 16:00 h


JUNE 30, 2017
Workshop Nomination Deadline
Notification of Decisions
OCTOBER 28, 2017
Doctoral Workshop
OCTOBER 28-31, 2017
Houston Annual Conference

Submission Guidelines

Only one (1) nominee per school will be accepted to the Doctoral Workshop; schools should only nominate one (1) student. While self-nominations are accepted, we encourage each institution to pre-select a candidate and nominate that individual.

As an international organization with a widely distributed membership, we aim to have the workshop attendee composition reflect this international representation.

Application materials should include:

  • Nomination/recommendation letter from a faculty member (with contact information)
  • A one-page summary of the applicant’s career to date
  • A 300-word description of the applicant’s research interests

To apply, please upload one (1) PDF document through the online submission system that is found on this page.

All application materials should be submitted online to the conference website by June 30, 2017. The Doctoral Workshop Application Review Committee’s decisions will be sent to nominees in August.

Other things being equal, preference will be given to nominees who:

  • are current members of the SMS
  • have their nomination letter from a current member of the SMS


The Strategic Management Society is pleased to announce our 14th Annual Doctoral Workshop to be held Saturday, October 28, preceding the Strategic Management Society Conference in Houston. The Annual Doctoral Workshop will be held at the Hilton Americas-Houston, which is the site of the SMS Conference.

As our pre-eminent PhD workshop, we are proud to continue to offer 25 scholarships to be awarded to workshop participants. These scholarships will be offered through competitive entry and review of student nominations, and will cover costs of the Annual Doctoral Workshop, as well as the SMS Annual Conference Registration Fee.

This workshop is intended for doctoral students at the early stage of their dissertation research. The workshop will be highly interactive and will include a variety of panels, practical sessions on developing dissertation proposals and launching academic careers, and a meet-the-editors session.

Applicants must have completed the initial comprehensive examination and coursework (or equivalent) of their doctoral program; preference will be given to those just commencing the formal work on their doctoral topic. Acceptance of a proposal at the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference is not required, but attendance at the conference is expected.

Doctoral Workshop Panels

We are excited to share the following panels that have been organized for the participants of the Doctoral Workshop!

Developing Your Dissertation and Research Program

Featuring: Nick Argyres (Washington University in St. Louis), Christina Fang (New York University), Henrick Greve (INSEAD), Glenn Hoetker (Arizona State University), and Frank Rothaermel (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Job Seeking and Career Strategies

Featuring: University recruiters and recent graduates from different geographical regions

Editors' Panel

Featuring: Rajshree Agarwal (University of Maryland) – Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Giovanni Gavetti (Dartmouth College) – Organization Science, Marc Gruber (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) – Academy of Management Journal, Anne Parmigiani (University of Oregon) – Journal of ManagementTorben Pedersen (Bocconi University) – Global Strategy Journal, and a representative from the Strategic Management Journal

Interactive Roundtables will follow these panel sessions. The below scholars have volunteered to lead discussion on attendees' research proposals:

Workshop Directors

picture of Kyle J. Mayer
Kyle J. Mayer
University of Southern California

Call for Nominations