AUGUST 7, 2019
Application Deadline
Notification of Acceptance
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
Workshop Confirmation Deadline
OCTOBER 19, 2019
Saturday Workshops
OCTOBER 19-22, 2019
SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis

Application Requirement

An application is required for this workshop. To be considered for this workshop applicant should submit the following materials as a single document with the file named with your first and last name through the workshop website:

  • CV
  • Copy of the paper for which you would like to receive feedback

Accepted applicants will need to confirm their attendance by registering for the workshop by September 17, 2019. Saturday

Saturday Workshops at the Annual Conference are included in the registration for the Annual Conference. Participants in workshops must be registered for the Annual Conference.

Stakeholders, Partnerships, and Competitive Advantage

Saturday, October 19, 2019
09:00h – 12:00h

(Lunch provided for all workshop participants: 12:00 - 13:00)

Workshop Application Deadline: August  7, 2019

Co-sponsored by Competitive Strategy, Stakeholder Strategy, and Cooperative Strategies Interest Groups and Theme Track A: Strategic Management in ‘Out of the Spotlight’ Contexts

Workshop Information

The Competitive Strategy Interest Group, Cooperative Strategy Interest Group, and Stakeholder Strategy Interest Group and Theme Track - Strategic Management in Out of Spotlight Contexts are pleased to jointly offer a research-focused workshop, themed ‘Stakeholders, Partnerships, and Competitive Advantage’, at the 2019 Strategic Management Society Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The workshop is open to all levels, while prioritizing advanced doctoral students and junior faculty.

As firms navigate an increasingly polarized sociopolitical environment, strategy scholarship has come to pay growing attention to the ways in which firms engage with diverse stakeholders to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. This research draws attention to firms' competitive and cooperative relationships with hitherto 'out of the spotlight' actors, studying how firms partner with a wide range of private and public actors to create and capture value. Key questions in this space include (but are not limited to): which stakeholders do firms build relationships with? How are these relationships governed? What are the sources of value creation from these relationships? How are these relationships shaped by the prevailing institutional environment? How do they complement or substitute firm strategies? And what are the performance implications of these relationships for firms, the stakeholders they engage with, and society at large?

Our workshop seeks to explore these and similar questions through an interactive discussion that brings together a variety of perspectives across diverse strategy communities. This workshop will include panel discussions and breakout sessions. For the panel portion, faculty panelists will briefly discuss the state of the field and new research directions. Additionally, the panel will address opportunities for publishing research on these issues in top-tier management journals. The second portion of the session will involve breakout session(s) where participants can gain personalized feedback on their research from faculty panelists. The workshop will end with a common lunch.


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Janet Bercovitz
University of Colorado, Boulder
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Chris Bingham
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Sinziana Dorobantu
New York University
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Exequiel Hernandez
University of Pennsylvania
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Ha Hoang
ESSEC Business School
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Peter Klein
Baylor University
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Brayden King
Northwestern University
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Kyle J. Mayer
University of Southern California
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Alfred Marcus
University of Minnesota
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Anita McGahan
University of Toronto
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Nan Jia
University of Southern California


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Aseem Kaul
University of Minnesota
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Jiao Luo
University of Minnesota
picture of Mary-Hunter McDonnell
Mary-Hunter McDonnell
University of Pennsylvania
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Ram Ranganathan
University of Texas at Austin

Call for Applicants