picture of Paulo Prochno Paulo Prochno a Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Faculty Director for its evening MBA program. From 2010 to 2014, he was the associate chair of the department. Prior to joining the Smith School faculty in the Fall of... More

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Teaching Community

We are proud to introduce the first SMS Community! The teaching track initiative is now a formalized Community. With 2012 membership SMS members have the option of joining the Teaching Community in addition to their two selected Interest Groups at no additional charge.


The SMS Teaching Initiative was designed four years ago to provide a forum to help improve the classroom effectiveness of researchers who teach strategy. We have found that the activities of this group are more of a cross-sectional service function than another slice of the strategic management domain of the type of the current Interest Groups. In response, we have created a new type of grouping, called a Community. In many ways we will treat a Community as we treat an Interest Group, particularly in how people affiliate with it and how the leadership of the Community is determined. In some ways it differs: SMS members can become members of the Community without this affiliation counting against their IG choices.

In addition to being important in its own right, helping SMS members improve their teaching effectiveness and efficiency is closely related to members’ ability to secure resources to facilitate their research mission. Therefore, the Teaching Community seeks to help improve the teaching effectiveness of SMS members through high impact sessions at the annual conference.

The objective of our Community is to address the teaching related needs of a significant majority of SMS members. As such, conference programming seeks to balance three characteristics that reflect the diversity of SMS members: diversity in learning objectives vis-a-vis the target student population (e.g., undergraduate, MBA and executive); diversity in teaching techniques (e.g., cases, simulations, experiential, e-learning); and, cultural diversity (in terms of both the student population and of the university location).

A second objective is to provide a forum in which members can share experiences and resources related to teaching. A reputation for consistent high quality programming is essential to achieving this objective because the investment of time must be valuable to SMS members. The Teaching Initiative has therefore focused on maximizing the impact of its sessions through careful selection of topics and presenters.

SMS members will be invited to propose interesting sessions for the Annual Conference involving award winning faculty and creative ideas and/or research papers that emphasize such issues as content analyses of courses, new research on strategy pedagogy, or literature reviews of prior pedagogy research. The Community’s leadership and representatives will review the submissions and have responsibility for constructing the annual program.

Teaching Community Publications:

The Teaching Community is excited to share their first publication. Please click here to download this book.

Wright, R. P. & Brown, K. G. (eds.) 2014. Educating tomorrow’s thought-leaders: Distinguished scholars answer a burning question. Chicago, IL: Strategic Management Society. Available on-line via

To cite this publication, you may use the following format: Wright, R. P. & Brown, K. G. (eds.) 2014. Educating tomorrow’s thought-leaders: Distinguished scholars answer a burning question. Chicago, IL: Strategic Management Society. Accessed [current date] from

Educating Tomorrow's Thought-Leaders: Business Leaders’ Insights on a Burning Question

As a complement to our first publication, we also interviewed several senior executives to gain their perspectives on the burning question: “What will it take to educate the next generation of thought-leaders for a complicated world?”. We hope these video clips from the business community will give us a broader sense of our own practice as educators.

Dr. Ritchie Bent (Group Head, Human Resources at Jardine Matheson Ltd.)

Dr. Hubert Chan (Chairman, Hong Kong Communications Co. Ltd)

Dr. Kelvin Leung (Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding (Hong Kong) Limited)

Kwan Kin Mei (Executive Director, Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management)

Ajmal Samuel (Chief Executive Officer, Octo3 Technologies)

Dr. Wong Kam Shing, Ms. Wong Ngai Chi, Mr. Kevin Wong (Leaders from Kowloon Watch Group)

Teaching Community Newsletters:

The Teaching Community IG is excited to share their current and archived newsletters. Learn more about what is new in this IG and how to get involved.

For archived and current newsletters, please click here.

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