Corporate Strategy IG

Corporate Strategy Leadership


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Metin Sengul
Boston College

Program Chair

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Tony Tong
University of Colorado, Boulder

Associate Program Chair

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Sinziana Dorobantu
New York University

Engagement Officer

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Catherine Magelssen
London Business School

The Corporate Strategy Interest Group considers the decisions, actions and outcomes associated with an organization's portfolio of business lines. The research and practice of corporate strategy considers actions associated with changing the firm's scope and profile of business lines including vertical integration, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate diversification strategy/organization, implementation and performance. Recent research considers how resources shape a firm's scope and relatedness of business lines, how firm resource composition influence merger and acquisition outcomes, how diversified firms are managed most effectively and why and when divestiture becomes viable. Other areas of interest include how a firm's resources impact upon its growth and divestment decisions, when different modes of growth and reduction are used, and what tradeoffs exist among various types of diversification strategy and its organization alternatives. Corporate strategy draws from a wide range of theories and methods to help explain the determinants and performance outcomes of managing the scope and boundaries of the diversified firm.

Corporate Masterclass Series

The Corporate Strategy Masterclass is a virtual series that started in June 2021. 

Save the date for the 2022 Corporate Strategy Masterclasses! 

  • Organization Design | January 27, 2022 at 8:30am EST (UTC -5)  | Led by Panish Puranam (INSEAD) and moderated by Metin Sengul (Boston College) 
  • Theories of the Firm | March 16, 2022  at 3:00pm  EDT/ 8:00pm CET (UTC +1) | Led by Brian Silverman (University of Toronto) and Todd Zenger (University of Utah) and moderated by Tony Tong (University of Colorado) 
  • M&A | May 19, 2022 at 11:00am EDT (UTC -4) | Led by Laurence Capron (INSEAD) and Will Mitchell (University of Toronto) and moderated by Catherine Magelssen (London Business School) 

November 18, 2021 at 11:00am -12:00pm EST (UTC -5)*

The Corporate Strategy Interest Group is delighted to invite SMS Members to the second event in the new Corporate Strategy Masterclass Series! This session will be on Diversification and will feature Robert Hoskisson (Rice University) and Belén Villalonga (New York University). The second Masterclass will be moderated by Sinziana Dorobantu (New York University). 

*This activity is open to all 2021 and 2022 Members of the Strategic Management Society. You can learn more and join here:

June 1, 2021 

The SMS Corporate Strategy interest group is launching a Corporate Strategy Masterclass virtual series. Join us for the very first Masterclass led by Connie Helfat (Dartmouth) and David Teece (UC Berkeley) on "The Evolution of Corporate Strategy" scheduled for June 1st from 3:00pm-4:00pm ET (12:00pm-1:00pm PST).

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Afonso Almeida Costa
Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
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Sandra Corredor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Magdalena Dobrajska
Carlos III University of Madrid
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Oliver Baumann
University of Southern Denmark
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Catherine Magelssen
London Business School
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Xena Welch Guerra
Erasmus University Rotterdam