Special Issue Policy and Procedures

Question-Driven and Phenomenon-Based Empirical Strategy Research

This special issue of the Strategic Management Journal seeks alternate approaches to the way that we approach empirical research. In particular, we seek innovations that focus on identifying and analyzing key questions about strategy and strategically relevant phenomena, as alternatives to developing specific hypotheses. Important and interesting strategy questions remain to be addressed that do not fit neatly with existing theories or prior understandings from traditional empirical research. It often makes sense to pursue these questions through systematic and thorough analysis of relevant data, and to provide plausible interpretations of the empirical findings so as to inform our knowledge of strategy issues.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2018

Guest Editors:

Melissa Graebner          Anne Marie Knott           Marvin Lieberman           Will Mitchell
University of Texas       Washington University    University of California,   University of Toronto
at Austin                      in St. Louis                    Los Angeles

SMJ Advising Editor:

Constance Helfat
Dartmouth College

Strategies for Platform Ecosystems

This special issue aims to bring the study of platform ecosystems into mainstream strategy research and foster a distinctive body of scholarship. The special issue provides a forum for state-of-the-art research on platforms, standards and innovation spanning different industry, country, and institutional settings. We encourage papers that deepen our understanding of platform strategies by drawing on multiple theoretical backgrounds and methods and by leveraging novel data sources. Below we provide an illustrative set of research themes and questions.

Submission deadline: February 28, 2018

Guest Editors:


Tobias Kretschmer     Aija Leiponen            Melissa Schilling       Gurneeta Vasudeva
LMU Munich              Cornell University      New York University   University of Minnesota

SMJ Advising Editor:

Sendil Ethiraj
Londong Business School