Strategizing New Growth Avenues in an Evolving Global Context

Over the past few decades strategy scholars have made great strides in explaining firm growth. Some scholars have underlined the role of innovations as vital drivers of firm growth. Others have highlighted, instead, the influences stemming from the resources that firms possess and the processes through which they accumulate and redeploy resources. Research on global strategies has advanced our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that firms face when expanding across national borders. Yet, despite the rich body of knowledge about firm growth resulting from these various perspectives, several contemporary developments suggest the need to revisit current thinking and point to fruitful opportunities to expand the research frontier on this important issue. Recent developments in a variety of industries hold the promise of opening new growth avenues for companies. Harnessing this technological potential may require companies to rethink their competitive and cooperative strategies. The conference will feature sessions with distinguished scholars, business leaders and public policymakers to advance conversations about the need to rethink firm growth and strategize new growth avenues in the face of the evolving global context.


NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Submission Deadline for Proposals
NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Co-Author Confirmation Deadline
Mid-December, 2017
Notification of Review Committee Decisions
JANUARY 15, 2018
Early Registration and Presenter Registration Deadline
Mid-February, 2018
Program Available Online
March 15, 2018
Doctoral Workshop
March 15-17, 2018
SMS Special Conference Sao Paulo

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Conference Awards

We were honored to present two awards for the SMS Special Conference in Sao Paulo; Sao Paulo Special Conference Best Paper Prize, organized by the Global Strategy Journal and Florida International Univeristy Best Paper Prize.

The following papers and authors were recognized at the evening event held on Friday, March 16th.


Different Parenting Styles: Examining Supportive & Monitoring Attention from Headquarters to Subsidiaries

Amalia Nillson, Uppsala University

Felipe Monteiro, INSEAD


Water Wars? Institutional Shocks, Private and Public Divestitures in Latin America

Caterina Moschieri, IE Business School

Ilze Kivleniece, INSEAD


Advantages of Foreignness In the Public Interest: Economic Value Creation in Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships

Bernadine Dykes, Shenandoah University

Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Ohio University


Government as a Landscape Designer: A Behavioral Perspective on Industrial Policy

Cha Li, University of Michigan

Felipe Csaszar, University of Michigan


Industry Leaders' Exploratory Innovations and Sales Growth of Competitors

Solon Moreira, IESE Business School

Jennifer Tae, Temple Univeristy

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