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).
SMS Virtual: Conference Schedule Now Available!
We are pleased to announce the schedule for the SMS 40th Annual Conference! Click below to view a full list of Conference Workshops, IG&C Sessions, and Competitive Program Sessions, as well as a snapshot of other conference activities.
SEJ Announces 2021 Co-Editors
The SMS Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Peter Klein as a Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Co-Editor. Klein is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. He has served two terms as an SEJ Associate Editor and is a Guest Editor for the journal’s upcoming Special Issue on Policy for Innovative Entrepreneurship.
We are also pleased that Melissa Graebner has been reappointed to a second term as SEJ Co-Editor. Graebner, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, joined the SEJ Co-Editor team in January 2018.
Klein and Graebner will work with continuing Co-Editor Gary Dushnitsky in reviewing journal submissions, managing and assigning AEs and reviewers, developing policies, guiding the journal’s strategic direction, and more.
Please join us in sending congratulations to Peter and Melissa!
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Open Call: Catalyzing Change and Innovation in Women's Entrepreneurship
This special issue intends to focus attention on the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and gender. We aim to stimulate scholarly conversations on how women entrepreneurs enact innovation through new products, processes, business models, and organizational practices. Interested authors should read the Full Call and submit their research from October 15, 2020, to November 15, 2020.
Global Strategy Journal Special Issue Open Call: Complexity and Multinationals
In this Special Issue of the Global Strategy Journal, we seek to revisit the question of complexity and organization, with a focus on multinational corporations (MNCs). Submissions are invited until December 1, 2020, and authors who are interested in submitting should read the full Call for Submissions.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Open Call: Environmental Change, Strategic Entrepreneurial Action, and Success
The strategic role of environmental change remains under-emphasized and under-theorized in contemporary entrepreneurship and strategy research. In this Special Issue, we hope to stimulate, connect, and extend research of this kind to help make research on “Environmental Change, Strategic Entrepreneurial Action, and Success” an integrated and growing part of the core of entrepreneurship scholarship. Interested authors should read the Full Call and submit their research from August 1, 2021 to September 1, 2021.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Open Call: Reframing Social Entrepreneurship Research: Embracing a Strategic Perspective
The purpose of this special issue is to study social entrepreneurship at a critical juncture in the development of this area of inquiry. To accomplish this purpose, we seek to attract research on social entrepreneurship that extends, develops, and/or tests theory in ways that will help frame ongoing research and serve as a critical input for practical and policy decisions. Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research January 1, 2021 to February 5, 2021.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Open Call: Leading the Digital Transformation of Incumbent Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective
The purpose of this special issue is to discuss the role of strategic leaders in whether, how, when, and to what ends incumbent firms engage in digital transformation. We welcome contributions from scholars in other disciplines who can provide novel, theoretically rich insights into the research questions outlined in the full Call for Submissions. Interested authors should read the full Call and submit their research May 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021.
Research Funding Opportunities
The 2020 Call for Proposals for the Dissertation Research Grant Program, Research in Organization Program, and the Research in Strategic Management Program are now available! To learn more about this exciting research funding opportunities, please visit the SRF Programs website!
Annual Interest Group & Community Business Meetings
The SMS Interest Groups and Communities will be hosting their Annual Business Meetings via Zoom from October 2 to October 16. All 2020 and 2021 SMS Members are invited to attend these meetings. Click below to learn more and register for the meetings you would like to attend!
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!