JUNE 30, 2019
Workshop Nomination Deadline
Notification of Decisions
OCTOBER 19, 2019
Annual Doctoral Workshop
OCTOBER 19-22, 2019
SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis

Doctoral Workshop Panels

Research Agenda

Joe Mahoney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Samina Karim, Northeastern University

Job Market

Andrea Contigiani, University of Pennsylvania
Bill Hesterly, University of Utah
Jennifer Tae, Temple University


Donald Bergh, University of Denver
Xavier Castaner, University of Lausanne
Michael Hitt, Texas A&M University
Gwendolyn Lee, University of Florida
Frank T. Rothaermel, Georgia Institute of Technology
Laszlo Tihanyi, Texas A&M University
Heli Wang, Singapore Management University

SMS Annual Doctoral Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2019
09:00 - 16:00 h


The Strategic Management Society is pleased to announce our 16th Annual Doctoral Workshop to be held Saturday, October 19, preceding the SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis. The Annual Doctoral Workshop will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis, the site of the SMS Conference.

We are proud to continue to offer 25 scholarships to be awarded to participants in our pre-eminent PhD workshop. These scholarships will be offered through competitive entry and review of student nominations, and will cover costs of the Annual Doctoral Workshop, as well as the SMS Annual Conference registration fee and SMS membership for the following year.

This workshop is intended for doctoral students that have completed post-comprehensive exams but are not yet on the job market. The workshop will be highly interactive and will include a variety of panels, practical sessions on developing dissertation proposals and launching academic careers, and a meet-the-editors session.

Applicants must have completed the initial comprehensive examination and coursework (or equivalent) of their doctoral program. Acceptance of a proposal at the SMS Annual Conference is not required, but attendance at the conference is expected.

Nomination and Application Guidelines

All nominations must include all of the materials listed below and should be submitted online to the conference website by June 30, 2019. To apply, please upload one (1) PDF document through the online submission system that is found on this page.

As an international organization with a widely distributed membership, we aim for the workshop attendee composition to reflect this international representation.

Application materials should include:

  • Nomination/recommendation letter from a faculty member (with contact information)
  • A one-page summary of the applicant’s career to date
  • A description of the applicant’s research interests, not to exceed 300 words

Other things being equal, preference will be given to nominees who:

  • Are current members of the SMS
  • Are nominated by a current member of the SMS

One Candidate per Institution

Only one (1) nominee per institution will be accepted to the Annual Doctoral Workshop. The Committee requests that institutions pre-select a candidate and nominate that individual only. In the case of multiple nominees per institution, a rank ordering from advising faculty is requested.

Instructions to Submit

For Students: 

Please compile all three (3) application pieces into one (1) PDF file. When you are ready to stubmit, please add your files to the upload block then click "PhD Student Application". 

For Faculty Members:

Please compile all three (3) application pieces into one (1) PDF file. When you are ready to stubmit, please add your files to the upload block then click "Faculty Nomination". In the pop-up window, please enter the name or email address of the PhD Student that you are nominating and select them from the user list. Then click "Nominate". 

Workshop Directors

picture of Frank T. Rothaermel
Frank T. Rothaermel
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Heli Wang
Singapore Management University

Call for Nominations

Please ensure that prior to submittiong, you have verified that your nomination adheres to and includes all of the materials listed in the Guidelines.

Submit Nomination