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).
2020 SMS Award & Honors
SMS Awards and Honors recognize people and research that advance the study and practice of strategic management. The deadline to submit your nominations is March 31.
Engagement Webinar: Men and Women in Academia
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5pm Oslo/ 11am Eastern / 10am Central/ 8am Pacific
Our second panel in our member-exclusive Engagement Webinar series on May 19, 2020, at 11am Eastern. Our distinguished panelists will discuss the theme “Men and Women in Academia,” moderated by Ruth Aguilera and Rebecca Kehoe. Registration is now available!
Thanks for Your Submissions!
Thanks to all who submitted to the SMS 40th Annual Conference in London! We look forward to reviewing your proposals. Click below for more SMS London information and a timeline of important dates and deadlines.
E&S Insights Webinar: Hierarchy in Organizations: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The E&S Insights Series seeks to bring together entrepreneurship scholars who can share teaching or research advice and experiences with our members. In the second webinar in this series, Phanish Puranam (author of The Microstructure of Organizations, Oxford University Press, 2018) overviews some of his past and ongoing research on organizational hierarchies, and summarizes what we know and what remains to be learned.
Webinar on Wednesday, April 8, 2020
11:00pm SGT/ 5:00pm CET/ 4:00pm GMT/ 11:00am Eastern / 8:00am Pacific
Register Here on Zoom
2020 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 2020 today by clicking below.
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!