The Six Big Questions in Strategic Management
These questions were developed to inspire and focus conversations between industry and academia that will evolve with the SMS community, the SMS’s scholarly publications, and the field of strategic management itself.
As the needs of businesses evolve to face the changing global landscape, so do the questions and priorities of executives and academics alike to meet and understand these challenges. At the Strategic Management Society, leading academics and business experts bring theory and practice together to advance the study of strategic management and provide real-world, impactful insights for business executives, practitioners, and consultants.
“The Six Big Questions of Strategic Management” present a set of pressing strategy questions at the intersection of theory and practice. The “Big Six” were developed after extensive engagement with many SMS stakeholders. This process included a detailed analysis of key issues identified by top global consulting firms, SMS Board discussions of pressing questions at the intersection of theory and practice, input from SMS Interest Groups and Community leaders on top issues, consultation with leading global executives, and ongoing conversations with SMS members.
These questions should serve to inspire and focus conversations between industry and academia and will evolve with the SMS community, the SMS’s scholarly publications, and the field of strategic management itself; these should serve as an inspiration to guide the development of actionable insights, frameworks, tools, and resources for the SMS community to bridge the worlds of scholarship and practice. As global issues continue to evolve so will the “Six Big Questions of Strategic Management”.
Importantly, the “Big Six” should not limit the expansive lines of inquiry by SMS members or within the field of strategic management research but instead be a guide for those who aim to focus on areas that have broad impact at the intersection of academy and practice.
Our hope is these questions provide an outline of forward-looking and provocative ideas that direct interested scholars toward areas of research that can inspire business leaders toward impactful actions that better their organizations’ outlook and overall performance and create positive outcomes for society and the world.
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