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.
Thank you to everyone that helped make SMS Las Vegas a successful conference! Over 250 individuals registered to the conference attending sessions over two days as well as a workshop.
We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our program chairs: Joanna Campbell, Craig Crossland, Cindy Devers and Aaron Hill! We would also like to thank our workshop organizers and track chairs for helping make this conference a reality.
We hope you enjoyed the conference and your time in Las Vegas! We look forward to seeing at future SMS Conferences soon.
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.
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!