Welcome from the Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted to introduce the SMS Special Conference which will be held in Milano. The city of Milano, Italy’s financial center and the second-most populous city in the country, is a thriving cosmopolitan business capital with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage. Landmark sights include the Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, La Scala, one of the World’s best known opera houses, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium, and the World Heritage Site Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica, with one of the world's most famous paintings: Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. Milano is the most modern of Italian cities and is a paradise for shopping, soccer, opera, and nightlife, and remains the marketplace for Italian fashion.

The conference will be held at Bocconi University/ Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, the leading university in Italy. Bocconi's Department of Management & Technology is renowned worldwide for high quality research and teaching. The Department has recently been ranked 7th in the world QS ranking for Business & Management, and it is the 6th department in the UT Dallas ranking for 2013-2016 publications in Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science.

The focus of the conference is strategic human capital in the context of management practices and organizational design. A key theme in strategic management research is explaining performance outcomes in terms of resource characteristics. However, in spite of many advances in our understanding of how resources and capabilities contribute to firm performance, our current understanding of the resources-performance links contains many gaps. Thus, our understanding of the contribution of human capital and internal practices (e.g., HR practices) and design to performance remains quite incomplete.

We are gathering scholars in strategy, human resource management, economics and so on to address the key issues in the intersection of strategic human capital, management practices, and firm performance, and we hope that you will join us in Milano. We mix tracks on Strategic Human Capital and Human Resource Management, Management Practices and Organizational Design, Research Methodology, and Entrepreneurship and Top-Management Teams, and feature panels and keynote talks to examine strategic human capital, practices and performance.

The Milano special conference will offer you a unique opportunity to engage with other scholars and practitioners during what will be an exciting set of sessions on highly topical issues in research. We have lined up an outstanding range of contributors who will help stimulate a lively set of discussions. We hope that you’ll come to engage in those discussions as well as to experience Milano.

Program Chairs

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Russell Coff
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Nicolai Foss
Bocconi University
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Alfonso Gambardella
Bocconi University
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Patrick Wright
University of South Carolina