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.
Saturday IG&C Workshops: Apply Today!
Interest Group and Community Workshops will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019. We are delighted to host 15 half day workshops spread across the morning and afternoon. Workshops are included in your registration fee, however some workshops require an application by August 7, 2019 and we kindly request pre-registration by September 17, 2019. To learn more about these workshops and to apply please visit the IG&C Workshop page.
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.
Registration Open for the SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis!
We are excited to announce that registration is now available for the 2019 SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis!
Please join us to discuss the "Out of the Spotlight" Strategies that will be presented on October 19-22, 2019.
Strategy Research Foundation 2019 Calls for Proposals
2019 SRF Calls for Proposals are now available! The submission deadline for all programs is October 1, 2019. The purpose of the Strategy Research Foundation (SRF) is to support and advance scholarship in the field of strategic management. The core activity of the SRF is the operation of competitive research grant programs.
The annual conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) brings together international thought leaders from academe, business, and consultancy interested in strategic management. There will be 1000-1200 attendees traveling to Minneapolis to attend keynote speeches, practitioner panels, sessions with scholars presenting their cutting edge research, workshops, as well as a variety of networking events. Attendees come to SMS conferences to establish personal contacts, network, and identify new and emerging research in the field. Being a sponsor at the SMS Annual Conference builds visibility for your company or university and connects you with educators and field leaders. Click below to review the wide selection of sponsorship packages SMS offers. Take the opportunity to set your company or university apart!