Networking Opportunities

In response to post-conference feedback that emphasized the importance of networking at SMS Conferences, we are excited to offer two additional networking breakfasts during the SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and sign up to join the conversations!

Monday, October 21 - Women's Networking Breakfast

07:00 - 07:45 

Thank you to everyone who registered for this event! Registration is currently closed. 
The First SMS Women’s Networking Breakfast will be an opportunity to engage in discussions with leading female scholars on a variety of career issues, including negotiations, leadership, work-life balance, sexual harassment, promotions, teaching, balancing teaching/research/service, navigating international careers, etc. The breakfast will be structured with table leaders facilitating conversations in a rotating round table format. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, stories, and their own experiences to share over breakfast. Our goal is to create an environment that invites connection and community and that helps to overcome the barriers based on gender, geography, career stage, etc. that too often separate us as scholars and people. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required for planning purposes.  

Topics will include, but are not limited to: 
job negotiations, leadership, work-life balance, sexual harassment, promotions, teaching, balancing teaching/research/service, navigating international careers, scholarly career paths and moves, and more.


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Ruth Aguilera
Northeastern University
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Rebecca Kehoe
Cornell University
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Sharon Alvarez
University of Pittsburgh
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Africa Ariño
IESE Business School
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Daniela Blettner
Simon Fraser University
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Cynthia E Devers
Texas A&M University
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Samina Karim
Northeastern University
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Yasemin Kor
University of Cambridge
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Randi Lunnan
BI Norwegian Business School
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Grazia D. Santangelo
Copenhagen Business School
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Karen Schnatterly
University of Missouri
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Heli Wang
Singapore Management University

Monday, October 21 - ABC Relevance Lunch Table Discussion

12:15 - 13:15

At lunch on Monday, we are hosting roundtable discussions to seek a deeper understanding of the connections across the communities of academics (As), business practitioners (Bs), and consultants (Cs) in SMS programs and the relevance of Bs and Cs to its members. A membership survey conducted earlier this year indicated that being relevant and even increasing relevance of the SMS to Bs and Cs is important to the membership. Therefore, we would like to explore how SMS might move forward in this direction during the lunch session, with table leaders facilitating conversation around topics including:

•   Is the SMS’s relevance to As, Bs, and Cs important and why (why not)?

•   Is the SMS becoming more or less relevant to As, Bs, and Cs?

•   What are the benefits to you and the SMS of increasing the relevance of the SMS to Bs and Cs?

•   What are some opportunities for increasing the relevance of the SMS to Bs and Cs, in areas such as conference, publications, media relations, etc.

The roundtable discussions will be held at designated tables in the general lunchroom. All are welcome, but pre-registration was required for planning purposes. Registration is now closed


Table Leaders

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Africa Ariño
IESE Business School
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Dovev Lavie
Bocconi University
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Sharon Matusik
University of Colorado, Boulder
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George Stalk Jr
The Boston Consulting Group

Tuesday, October 22 - Breakfast with an SMS Fellow

07:00 - 07:45 

The SMS Fellows will be hosting breakfast roundtables to provide an opportunity to engage in discussions with leading scholars on a variety of research topics.  In the conference breakfast room, there will be designated tables arranged by topic where SMS participants can join SMS Fellows in a scholarly discussion. All are welcome. First-come, first served. Additional information will be available soon.

Individual, Firm, and Industry Evolution (Rajshree Agarawal, University of Maryland)
Strategy for Developing Behavioral Strategy (Nicolai Foss, Bocconi University)
Researching Healthcare Strategy (Aks Zaheer, University of Minnesota)

Fellows Leadership

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Margarethe Wiersema
University of California, Irvine
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Aks Zaheer
University of Minnesota
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Rajshree Agarwal
University of Maryland
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Nicolai Foss
Bocconi University
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Aks Zaheer
University of Minnesota