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.
Countdown to the SMS Annual Conference!
Haven't signed up yet? Registration is still 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.
Saturday IG&C Workshops: Registration Open!
Interest Group and Community Workshops will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Workshops are included in your registration fee, 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.
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!
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).
Countdown to the Annual Conference!
Want to join us for the 2019 SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis? Registration is still available!
Don't miss out on the "Out of the Spotlight" Strategies that will be presented on October 19-22, 2019. Click below to register.
2019 SMS Award & Honors
We are proud to recognize several scholars every year at the Annual Conference for their contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management.
Please visit the Awards website to learn more about the individuals we are recognizing this year!
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.
Submit Today to 2020 SMS Special Conference in Berkeley!
The submission system is now open for the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley! The deadline to submit is October 3, 2019.
The conference theme is "Designing the Future: Strategy, Technology, and Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution".
The conference will be held at UC-Berkeley Haas Campus in California from March 25-27, 2020.
Announcing 2020 SMS Special Conference in Hangzhou!
Join us on June 12-14, 2020 to discuss "A Brave New World: Strategies for Adapting to a Changing Business Envorment" at the SMS Special Conference in Hangzhou! Learn more about this theme and the Conference Committee lead by the Program Chairs:
|Aseem Kaul||Brian Wu|
|Weihua Zhou||Wei-Ru Chen|
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!