At its heart, strategic management is concerned with explaining firm heterogeneity. Scholars within the strategic leadership paradigm view the firm as a reflection of its top managers, and thus build upon the premise that firms vary because their strategists vary. Its popularity has risen of late with field-wide interest in behavioral strategy and micro-foundations of strategic management. Scholars have identified the influence of an increasing range of dispositions, cognitions, experiences, and values on CEO behavior, the CEO-TMT and CEO-board interfaces, and broader corporate outcomes while taking advantage of wider and more comprehensive access to promising data sources. However, when viewed collectively, this work is often fragmented. The goal of this SMS special conference is to provide a forum for sharing insights with scholars as well as practitioners and to move closer to an integrated view of strategic leadership phenomena. The conference will provide opportunities for strategy (macro) scholars, micro scholars, and executives to interact. Opportunities include prominent keynote speakers, integrative panel discussions, and specific within-track activities as well as social events for informal interactions.
Registration Now Available!
Registration for the SMS Special Conference in Las Vegas is now available! You can regsiter when signed into your SMS online account. For the best registration rates, register by January 15. We look forward to you joining us in Las Vegas!
Conference Program Chairs' Welcome
Joanna Campbell, Craig Crossland, Cynthia Devers, and Aaron Hill are the Program Chairs for the Special Conference in Las Vegas.
We are honored to share that our distinguished keynote speakers for the Special Conference in Las Vegas are Donald Hambrick and Yan Anthea Zhang. Learn more about these individuals by clicking below.
We appreciate the support and advisement of our Advisory Board members: Albert A. Cannella, Sydney Finkelstein, Sucheta Nadkarni, Gerry McNamara, and Margarethe Wiersema.
Doctoral and Junior Faculty Workshop
The Strategic Leadership and Governance Interest Group is sponsoring an early career workshop at the upcoming Strategic Management Society Special Conference in Las Vegas. The objective of the workshop is to facilitate networking and discussion around the professional challenges, problems and opportunities scholars face as they embark on their career.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
SMS Special Conference in Las Vegas is very grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; University of Cincinnati Carl H. Linder College of Business, Management Department; University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business; Oklahoma State University PhD in Business for Executives; and Warrington College of Business, University of Florida. Without their support, this conference would not be possible. Thank You!
Our hearts are broken for the many victims who were injured or lost their lives during the unconscionable mass shooting that occurred on October 1, 2017. All those involved with Strategic Management Society extend our condolences and support to those affected by this event. We look forward to hosting the 2019 Special Conference in Las Vegas.