Welcome from the Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

We are honored to invite you to the 38th SMS Annual Conference in Paris!

Paris has always been at a crossroads of ideas. It began as a small island and over time grew into a sprawling metropolis, representing 30% of French GDP and 40% of French R&D spending, welcoming 60 million of visitors each year. Paris has been the cradle of inventions: flat glass, the sewing machine, photography, hydraulic turbine, and department stores to name a few. The SMS Annual Conference in Paris is a place to express your own breakthrough ideas.  

Although the conference theme is “Strategies in the Era of De-Globalization,” Paris remains a global city that is open for business. It has the headquarters of many global firms including LVMH (a luxury goods conglomerate), Havas (an advertising and media company), BlaBlaCar (ride sharing provider), Areva (nuclear power operator), Danone or Air France and Eurotunnel. At a time when countries and regions seem to withdraw from global integration, Paris strives to regain an international edge. Inviting city bankers to join its "Golden Triangle" next to the Champs Elysees, luring researchers who face criticism to settle in its Metropolitan area, and vying to organize the next Olympic Games are just some of the examples of Paris’s new ambition.

Paris has a special place in the history of the world. It is a vibrant city of culture, education, and science. You can find medieval churches, Michelin-starred restaurants, a vibrant start-up scene, and multiple well-known universities. Walking the streets of Paris, you can follow the footsteps of the characters from the novels of Dumas, Hugo or Hemingway. And of course, French wine, cheese, and pastries can seduce almost any food connoisseur!

We are excited to welcome you to the City of Light!

Program Chairs

picture of Ha Hoang
Ha Hoang
ESSEC Business School