Although there are compelling reasons why some companies and industries take the spotlight with respect to media coverage, business discourse, and academic scholarship, the reality is that these companies and industries comprise only a fraction of global economic activity. Companies and industries that operate out of the spotlight – in net – have greater economic and social impact on their communities. At the SMS 39th Annual Conference, we wish to explicitly recognize that some companies, industries, and questions grab the spotlight for our attention. By recognizing this, we wish to redirect the spotlight and rigorously assess the generalizability of our theories, findings, and business discourse.
Minneapolis is a fitting location to house a conference with this theme. Located in the north-central United States, it is out of the spotlight of the economic agglomerations of the coastal United States and generally not considered a major world economic center. However, Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the most headquartered metropolitan areas in the United States – both in raw counts of large company headquarters and especially in headquarters per capita. Many of the companies in the region operate in industries that are out of the spotlight, yet impact the lives of millions of people daily.
Thank you to Minneapolis Participants!
We hope you enjoyed the discussion of "Out of the Spotlight" Strategies that were presented on October 19-22, 2019. Click below for a conference recap and more photos.
Learn More About Extensions at the Annual Conference
We invite you to organize an SMS Conference Extension! These one-day topical workshops take place in various cities that are within reasonable proximity of the SMS Annual Conference city. Extensions can be organized for days prior to or following the SMS Annual Conference.
Visit the page below to learn more!
Read the Welcome from the Program Chairs!
The Conference Program Chairs, Gregory R Page and J Myles Shaver, are excited to invite you to the Annual Conference in Minneapolis! Click below to read their welcome.
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!
Conference Schedule for SMS Minneapolis
Start planning your Minneapolis experience now by checking out the conference schedule! Dates, times, and descriptions are now available for all paper and common ground sessions, plenary programs, social activities, and more.
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Get all the latest info about the Annual Conference social receptions on the Evening Events page!
Logistical details for the Monday Night Event at Mill City Museum have been updated and Social Guest Registration for all three social receptions is now available. Click below to learn more.
Coffee Break Sponsor
We would like to recognize Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota as our Coffee Break Sponsor. Thank you for supporting the SMS 39th Annual Conference!
Opening Reception Sponsor
We are pleased to announce the conference Opening Reception is sponsored by the David Eccles School of Business in honor of their award winning faculty: Jay Barney, winner of the 2019 CK Prahalad Scholar-Practitioner Award, and Todd Zenger, winner of the 2019 Dan and Mary Lou Schendel SMJ Best Paper Award (with Laura Poppo).
Nominations for SMS Awards & Honors
We are excited to invite member nominations for the 2021 SMS Awards: CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award, the SMS Educational Impact Award, and the SMS Emerging Scholar Award! Award recipients will be recognized on the SMS website, at the SMS Annual Conference, and will be invited to participate in the SMS Awards & Honors Webinar Series. Visit the SMS Award website to learn more about the nomination materials and how to submit your recommendations!
Announcing the Decision to Go Virtual
After careful consideration, the SMS Board of Directors has voted to hold the SMS 41st Annual Conference virtually this September. The submission deadline has also been extended to March 3rd. Click below to learn more on the SMS Toronto website.
Submission System Now Open for SMS Toronto
We look forward to receiving your proposals on "Imagination and Inspiration: Creating Strategy Breakthroughs in a Discordant World" for the SMS 41st Annual Conference.
Click below to review the submission guidelines and submit!
2021 SMS Membership is Available
The Strategic Management Society is a membership-based organization. All the activities within SMS target the development and delivery of engagement and networking opportunities for members of the Society. By joining the Strategic Management Society as a member, you not only help further this mission but also receive exclusive membership benefits. Join our membership for 2021 today by clicking below.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Open Calls
“Leading the Digital Transformation of Incumbent Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective” interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research from May 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021.
“Environmental Change, Strategic Entrepreneurial Action, and Success,” interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research from August 1, 2021 to September 3, 2021.
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!