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.
Click below to view the schedule:
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).
If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to sign up for SMS Journals’ content alerts. You’ll be the first to know about new issues and articles, including the most recently published Early View and Accepted Articles. Simply visit the Wiley site (links below) and select your email frequency and journals of interest (we recommend all three – GSJ, SEJ, and SMJ!):
SMS Toronto: Submit Your Proposal!
The submission system for SMS’s 43rd Annual Conference in Toronto is now open! SMS Toronto calls for research contributions that support novel thinking about the tripod of strategy, governance, and resource allocation in an era of great environmental turbulence. Read the full call for proposals and submit your proposal today!
Journals Announce New Co-Editors
SMS would like to welcome our newly appointed journal Co-Editors, who start January 1!
Yong Li (UNLV) is joining the SEJ team of Melissa Graebner and Peter Klein. At SMJ, Mary Benner (University of Minnesota) will be joining Rajshree Agarwal, Vibha Gaba, and Brian Silverman. At GSJ, Grazia Santangelo (Copenhagen Business School) will work with Gabriel Benito and Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra. The GSJ Co-Editors are also pleased to announce that Stewart Miller (University of Texas at San Antonio) will be joining them in January 2024.
SMS would like to thank departing Co-Editors Gary Dushnitsky (SEJ) and Ram Mudambi (GSJ) for their many years of service. Gary and Ram both served two terms with their journals, from 2017 to 2022.
Please join us in sending congratulations to these new CEs and thanking Gary and Ram for their many journal contributions!
SEJ Seeks Special Issue Papers
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue: "Business Model Innovation Design: Deploying Strategic Entrepreneurship to Address Grand Challenges" Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research by April 3, 2023.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue: "Uncertainty and Competing Goals: Advancing Behavioral Theories of Entrepreneurial Processes and Outcomes" Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research by July 9, 2023.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue: "Entrepreneurial Decisions in the Digital Age"
Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research by September 3, 2023.
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!