Strategy in a Disruptive World

This is an exciting time to be a Strategy scholar. Following the digital revolution of the last 20 years, we are now on the cusp of another technological revolution with AI, virtual reality, robotics, and machine learning combining to radically transform the business landscape once again. Companies—still trying to adjust to the numerous disruptions that hit them over the past 20 years—need to rise up again and prepare for the next wave of disruption. They have to do so in a political and geopolitical context that is ripe with risks and threats at every turn.

At the SMS 40th Annual Conference, we want the research community to take stock of the changes of the last two decades and then consider what the future holds and how firms can cope with a disrupted and disruptive world. The potential to learn new things in these times of change is enormous, and so is the potential for us as academics to develop ideas that will help transform our societies and world. 

Access the Virtual Conference

Click here to access the SMS 40th Annual Conference! Please note that you will be required to log in and that only fully paid conference registrants have access to the conference platform. Click here if you need to register for the conference or check the status of your registration payment.

To access the virtual platform for the first time, we recommend you use the personalized link that was sent to all conference registrants via email from However, if you cannot find the email or are having issues with the link, you can also access the conference platform using the link above. Please use the email address associated with your SMS Online account and then select "Forgot your password?" link to create a password.

If you have questions, please email the SMS Office (


FEBRUARY 21, 2020
Submission Deadline for Proposals
FEBRUARY 28, 2020
Co-Author Confirmation Deadline
Notification of Review Committee Decisions
JULY 7, 2020
Presenter Registration Deadline
SUMMER, 2020
Conference Program Available Online
OCTOBER 26-30, 2020
SMS Annual Conference

Annual Conference News

Announcing the Decision to Go Virtual

After careful consideration, the SMS Board of Directors has voted to hold the SMS 40th Annual Conference virtually this October instead of through a traditional in-person meeting. We approached this decision very carefully, considering the health and safety of our attendees, restrictions imposed by many of our members’ governments and institutions, and the uncertainty surrounding phased reopening plans in the UK and what that would entail for an in-person conference.

While we are disappointed that we will not be enjoying London together this year, we can’t help but marvel at how apt the conference theme is--Strategy in a Disruptive World indeed! Just as this theme has inspired a record number of proposals about how firms can cope with the challenges of disruption, so the Conference Committee and SMS Executive Office are inspired to rise to the challenge of delivering a virtual conference experience worthy of your enthusiasm. Our objective is to replicate as many in-person components as possible, using a platform that facilitates a variety of session types and multiple opportunities for engagement and networking.

We appreciate your patience as we work to confirm the details for the conference, including the conference schedule and registration fees. We plan to provide these answers and open conference registration no later than June 15, 2020. As new information becomes available, we will share it via email and on the conference website.

We would like to recognize and thank the 40th Annual Conference Committee and all our volunteers who have already contributed so much to this conference and who will continue to create and innovate in the coming months. We also wish to express our gratitude to our members for your support of SMS. This is a critical juncture in the history of our Society, and we hope that you will continue to support the SMS with your membership and engagement, so that we can keep contributing to the infrastructure of the strategic management field.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Annual Conference is made possible by the support of many volunteers, including our Volunteer Conference Support Staff! Current Ph.D. students have the opportunity to volunteer at the SMS 40th Annual Conference in exchange for complimentary registration. Applications were due by August 10, 2020. We look forward to announcing the results in the coming days!

Marketing Opportunities

Exhibitor registration is now open for the virtual SMS 40th Annual Conference. For more information, contact Anna Allen at Exhibitor registration will be available until September 18, 2020.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The annual conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) brings together international thought leaders from academe, business, and consultancy interested in strategic management. More than 1000 attendees will participate in sessions with scholars presenting their cutting edge research, keynote speeches, practitioner panels, workshops, as well as a variety of networking events. Attendees come to SMS conferences to establish personal contacts, network, and identify new and emerging research in the field. Being a sponsor at the SMS Annual Conference builds visibility for your company or university and connects you with educators and field leaders. For more information, contact Anna Allen at


Call for Proposals

Learn more about the conference theme and read the Call for Proposals. Click below to download!