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History of the Strategic Leadership and Governance Interest Group

Previous Chairs

Thank you to the leadership of the Strategic Leadership and Governance Interest Group. The Chairpeople listed below have each served three years in the Interest Group chair rotation. A different role is held for each year of the rotation: Associate Chair, Program Chair, then Chair.

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Mike Mannor
University of Notre Dame
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Christine Shropshire
Arizona State University
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Scott Graffin
University of Georgia
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Craig Crossland
University of Notre Dame
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Vincent Barker
University of Kansas
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Parthiban David
American University

The foundation of what is now the Strategic Leadership and Governance Interest Group (IG) began to take shape during the 2009 Strategic Management Society (SMS) term. At that time, Mason Carpenter and Bob Wiseman served as Program Chair and Associate Program Chair, respectively, of what was then the Corporate Strategy and Governance IG. As Mason rotated into the IG Chair position and Bob into the IG Program Chair position, the two began a dialogue with IG members about splitting the IG into two IGs – one focused on Corporate Strategy and the other focused on Strategic Leadership and Corporate Governance – as a way to better serve the membership and facilitate growth of the SMS. A survey of IG membership found support for the idea and an agreeable discussion at the 2010 SMS Annual Conference in Rome did likewise.

As Bob rotated into the Corporate Strategy and Governance IG Chair position in 2011, he formally proposed the amicable split to the SMS Board of Directors and IG members; his proposal was accepted by both. Beginning the following year, the Corporate Strategy and Strategic Leadership and Governance IGs came into existence and debuted as individual program tracks for the 2012 SMS Annual Conference (held in Prague, Czech Republic). Gerry Sanders rotated into the Chair position for the 2012 term – becoming the first official Chair of the Strategic Leadership and Governance IG – and Bob asked then incoming Program Chair Parthiban David to remain in Strategic Leadership and Governance and then Associate Program Chair-elect Don Bergh to take on the Corporate Strategy Program Chair position for the purpose of organizing the two IG tracks for Prague. Karen Schnatterly was appointed to become the Associate Program Chair for Strategic Leadership and Governance while Guoli Chen, Cynthia Devers, and William Judge moved into second-year Rep-at-Large positions for the IG and Ruth Aguilera, Scott Johnson, and Hicheon Kim joined them as first year Reps-at-Large to round out the first official IG leadership group. 

The Strategic Leadership and Governance IG grew steadily after inception – moving from 419 in 2013 to 578 in 2019, constituting 20% of SMS membership at that time. In 2019, a special conference in Las Vegas, Nevada was the first such event sponsored by the IG and an Engagement Officer position was added to the IG officer rotation. The 2021 SMS 41st Annual Conference, held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic, marked the 10th year in which the IG appeared on the SMS Program.

Leadership History

                     
                     
    2021       2020    
    Chair Michael Mannor       Chair Christine Shropshire    
    Program Chair Aaron Hill       Program Chair Michael Mannor    
    Associate Chair David Zhu       Associate Chair Aaron Hill    
    Engagement Officer** Christine Shropshire       Engagement Officer** Scott Graffin    
                     
    Second Year Reps-at-Large Andres Konig
Toyah Miller
Abbie Oliver
      Second Year Reps-at-Large Y. Sekou Bermiss
Joanna Campbell
Georg Wernicke
   
    First Year Reps-at-Large Amanda Cowen
Danny Gamache
Wei Shi
      First Year Reps-at-Large Andres Konig
Toyah Miller
Abbie Oliver
   
                     
                     
                     
    2019       2018    
    Chair Scott Graffin       Chair Cynthia Devers    
    Program Chair Christine Shropshire       Program Chair Scott Graffin    
    Associate Chair Michael Mannor       Associate Chair Christine Shropshire    
    Engagement Officer** Cynthia Devers              
                     
    Second Year Reps-at-Large Ryan Krause
Matthew Semadeni
Adam Wowak
      Second Year Reps-at-Large Yuri Mishina
Anastasiya Zavyalova
David Zhu
   
    First Year Reps-at-Large Y. Sekou Bermiss
Joanna Campbell
Georg Wernicke
      First Year Reps-at-Large Ryan Krause
Matthew Semadeni
Adam Wowak
   
                     
                     
                     
    2017       2016    
    Chair Craig Crossland       Chair Vincent Barker    
    Program Chair Cynthia Devers       Program Chair Craig Crossland    
    Associate Chair Scott Graffin       Associate Chair Cynthia Devers    
                     
    Second Year Reps-at-Large Steven Boivie
Aaron Hill
Sabina Nielsen
      Second Year Reps-at-Large Dawn Harris
Michael Mannor
Michael Withers
   
    First Year Reps-at-Large Yuri Mishina
Anastasiya Zavyalova
David Zhu
      First Year Reps-at-Large Steven Boivie
Aaron Hill
Sabina Nielsen
   
                     
                     
                     
    2015       2014    
    Chair Anja Tuschke       Chair Karen Schnatterly    
    Program Chair Vincent Barker       Program Chair Anja Tuschke    
    Associate Chair Craig Crossland       Associate Chair Vincent Barker    
                     
    Second Year Reps-at-Large Bernadine Dykes
Scott Graffin
Toru Yoshikawa
      Second Year Reps-at-Large Brian Connelly
Craig Crossland
Christine Shropshire
   
    First Year Reps-at-Large Dawn Harris
Michael Mannor
Michael Withers
      First Year Reps-at-Large Bernadine Dykes
Scott Graffin
Toru Yoshikawa
   
                     
                     
                     
    2013       2012*    
    Chair Partiban David       Chair Wm. Gerald Sanders    
    Program Chair Karen Schnatterly       Program Chair Partiban David    
    Associate Chair Anja Tuschke       Associate Chair Karen Schnatterly    
                     
    Second Year Reps-at-Large Ruth Aguilera
Scott Johnson
Hicheon Kim
      Second Year Reps-at-Large Guoli Chen
Cynthia Devers
William Judge
   
    First Year Reps-at-Large Brian Connelly
Craig Crossland
Christine Shropshire
      First Year Reps-at-Large Ruth Aguilera
Scott Johnson
Hicheon Kim
   
                     
    * The IG formally came into Existence in 2012