JUNE 30, 2018
Workshop Nomination Deadline
Notification of Decisions
SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Doctoral Workshop
SEPTEMBER 22-25, 2018
Annual Conference in Paris

Call for Nominations

SMS Annual Doctoral Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 - 16:00 h


The Strategic Management Society is pleased to announce our 15th Annual Doctoral Workshop to be held Saturday, September 22, preceding the Strategic Management Society Conference in Paris. The Annual Doctoral Workshop will be held at the Paris Marriot Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, which is the site of the SMS Conference.

As our pre-eminent PhD workshop, we are proud to continue to offer 25 scholarships to be awarded to workshop participants. 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.

This workshop is intended for doctoral students at the early stage of their dissertation research. 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; preference will be given to those just commencing the formal work on their doctoral topic. Acceptance of a proposal at the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference is not required, but attendance at the conference is expected.

Doctoral Workshop Panels

We are excited to share the following panels that have been organized for the participants of the Doctoral Workshop!

Research Agenda

Featuring: Jay Barney (University of Utah), Lourdes Sosa (LSE), and Heli Wang (Singapore Management University)

Job Market

Featuring: Sunkee Lee (Carnegie Mellon University), Andrew Shipilov (INSEAD), and Colleen Cunningham (London Business School)

Editors' Panel

Featuring: Jay Barney from the Academy of Management Review, Alfonso Gambardella from the Strategic Management Journal, Melissa Graebner from the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Torben Pedersen from the Global Strategy Journal, PK Toh from Organization Science, and Todd Zenger from Strategy Science


Featuring: Vibha Gaba (INSEAD), Peter Klein (Baylor University), Dovev Lavie (Bocconi University), Rob Seamans (New York University), and Freek Vermeulen (London Business School)

Workshop Directors

picture of Frank T. Rothaermel
Frank T. Rothaermel
Georgia Institute of Technology

Nomination and Application Guidelines

Only one (1) nominee per school will be accepted to the Doctoral Workshop; schools should only nominate one (1) student. While self-nominations are accepted, we encourage each institution to pre-select a candidate and nominate that individual. Faculty and self-nominations must include all of the materials listed below.

As an international organization with a widely distributed membership, we aim to have the workshop attendee composition 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 300-word description of the applicant’s research interests

To apply, please upload one (1) PDF document through the online submission system that is found on this page.

All application materials should be submitted online to the conference website by June 30, 2018. The Doctoral Workshop Application Review Committee’s decisions will be sent to nominees in August.

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

  • are current members of the SMS
  • have their nomination letter from a current member of the SMS