The Behavioral Strategy Interest Group promotes research that applies cognitive and social psychology to strategic management theory and practice. Our aim is to ground strategic management in realistic assumptions about human cognition, emotion, and social interaction. We welcome research from many methodological traditions, from the quantitative (experiments, mathematical modelling, simulations, statistical field studies, brain imaging) to the qualitative (grounded theory, ethnography, textual analysis). We ask questions such as: What are the psychological underpinnings of the leading theories in strategic management? How do individual cognition and behavior scale to collective behavior in firms? Can an improved “psychological architecture of the firm” lead to competitive advantage?
Congratulations 2017 Winners
Best Paper Award:
“Search Modes, Temporal Reference Points, and Organizational Development” – David K. Reetz, Technical University of Munich.
Best Doctoral Student Paper:
“Too Scared to Fight? The Impact of Hedge Fund Activists Status and Power on Firm Settlement.” – Haeyong Koo (Ph.D. Student), Seoul National University and Margarethe Wiersema, University of California, Irvine.
Most Novel Paper: “Cross-Board Social Disapproval: Social Media Coverage, National Animosity, and Nationalism as Integrated Mobilization.” – Xinran Wang, University of Tennessee and Rhonda Reger, University of Missouri.
We are delighted to share two very special issues of Strategy Science edited by Giovanni Gavetti and Joe Porac on the Origin of Great Strategies. Giovanni and Joe were able to attract an outstanding set of authors to reflect on this most basic of strategy questions and, with the support of Joe Podolny, held a symposium on this topic at Apple University. The result of that effort are the December 2017 and March 2018 issues of Strategy Science.
Extension on Behavioral Strategy
We are excited that there will be an extension on Behavioral Strategy and Microfoundations: Inspiring Cross-level and Multi-level Theorizing, on September 20, 2018, hosted at Loughborough University London.
In this one-day symposium, presenters will discuss their current work in this area, panelist discuss the current state of affairs, and roundtable sessions allow for in depth discussion and future research development. Interaction is a key advantage of a small scale workshop and thus we encourage all working in this area to join us.
We welcome new members! Behavioral Strategy is one of the quickest growing IG’s. Joining the Behavioral Strategy is a great opportunity to meet scholars from more than 50 countries around the world who share your research and education interests. We offer a great opportunity to network at our social events and share your ideas in a collaborative and supportive environment during the SMS conference.
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