Competitive Strategy IG



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PuayKhoon Toh
University of Texas at Austin

Program Chair

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Tomasz Obloj
HEC Paris

Associate Program Chair

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Giada Di Stefano
Bocconi University

Engagement Officer

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Victor Bennett
Duke University
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Charlotte Ren
Temple University

This Interest Group focuses on questions concerning firms and their interactions within product and factor markets over time. For example, what are the dimensions and drivers of business performance? How do businesses interact with one another and with their environment? What is the nature and effect of these interactions? What is competitive advantage? How can firms build and maintain a competitive advantage in a changing world? What role do resources and capabilities play in shaping firms and industries over time? How do groups and clusters of firms arise and what are their effects?

Join us at the SMS Competitive Strategy Interest Group (CSIG) Business Meeting!

Did you think that business meetings are only about uninteresting administrative affairs? Think again! We are changing things up at the SMS Competitive Strategy Interest Group (CSIG) business meeting during the virtual SMS 40th Annual Conference, with the aim of ramping up interest and informational level this year!

The meeting will be held virtually on 10/6/20, 1300-1400 UTC (US Eastern Time 9-10am).

We have a new exciting event at the business meeting this year: we have invited two prominent senior scholars – Connie Helfat (Dartmouth), co-editor at SMJ, and Gautam Ahuja (Cornell), editor-in-chief at Organization Science – to lead a discussion on Competition in Strategy research. During this session, they will discuss, and have open discussions, on issues such as:

  • What is the role of competition in strategy research?
  • Is this role changing in contemporary strategy research? If so, how and why?
  • What are the future directions in strategy research incorporating the study of competition?

During the business meeting, we will also be announcing the winners of two new awards we introduced this year:

  • Best Proposal Award for Creativity in Research, CSIG 2020
  • Best Proposal Award for Rigor in Research, CSIG 2020

Finally, we’ll give you an update about our IG’s amazing panels and sessions that you could attend during the conference.

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Victor Bennett
Duke University
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Caroline Flammer
Boston University
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Ram Ranganathan
University of Texas at Austin
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Nan Jia
University of Southern California
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Charlotte Ren
Temple University
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Maciej Workiewicz
ESSEC Business School