Application Required

The workshop is open to interested scholars at all levels, with priority given to submissions from junior faculty and advanced doctoral students. Applications will be required for this workshop. To be considered for this workshop, applicants should submit  the following in a single PDF through the workshop website:

  •  CV
  • Copy of the paper for which they would like to receive feedback

Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Disruptive World: Paper Development Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020 
Time 15:00 - 18:00 UTC
Sponsored by: Cooperative Strategies, Competitive Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation Interest Groups 
Application Required: Yes

The Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Competitive Strategy, Cooperative Strategy, Corporate Strategy, and Knowledge and Innovation Interest Groups are pleased to offer a virtual joint research-focused paper development workshop, themed ‘Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Disruptive World, on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 15:00 – 18:00 (UTC).  The workshop to be held virtually is open to all levels while prioritizing advanced doctoral students and junior faculty. 

At the SMS 40th Annual Conference, the strategic management research community is poised to take stock of the changes from the last two decades of the digital revolution and then consider what the future holds and how firms can cope with a disrupted and disruptive world.  As firms navigate their fast-changing environments, strategy scholarship has come to pay growing attention to the new ways in which firms organize, collaborate, and compete to achieve sustainable competitive advantage, as well as how entrepreneurial entrants with novel business models disrupt traditional notions of competitive advantage. Critical questions in this space include (but are not limited to): 

  • How has the shift away from hierarchy toward networks and away from industries toward ecosystems and platform-based organizations altered the competitive, cooperative, and corporate strategies followed by firms? 
  • What are the new forms of collaborative and interfirm arrangements in response to the rapidly changing technological and business landscape? How are these relationships governed? What are the sources of value creation from these relationships? 
  • What new competitive interactions between firms are being introduced because of disruptive change, and how have successful firms managed them? 
  • How have digital technologies such as AI and blockchain-enabled new entrants to create and capture value and, therefore, disrupt incumbent firms?  How do entrepreneurs with disruptive business models enter the market? What are the implications of disruption and digitalization for the traditional boundaries of industries and firms? How do these changes influence the technology and product scope choices of firms? 

Our workshop seeks to explore these and similar questions through a virtual interactive discussion and in-depth breakout sessions that bring together a variety of perspectives across diverse strategy communities. This virtual workshop will include both panel discussions and breakout sessions. For the panel portion, faculty panelists will briefly discuss the state of the field and new research directions. The panel will also address opportunities for publishing research on these issues in top-tier management journals. The second portion of the session will involve virtual breakout session(s) where participants can gain personalized feedback on their research from faculty panelists. 


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Gary Dushnitsky
London Business School
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Devi Gnyawali
Virginia Tech
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John Prescott
University of Pittsburgh
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Francisco Polidoro Junior
University of Texas at Austin
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Brian Wu
University of Michigan
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Martin Ganco
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Ravi Madhavan
University of Pittsburgh
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Yue Maggie Zhou
University of Michigan

Online Workshop

SMS Workshops will be hosted on the virtual conference platform. Workshops are included in the cost of registration for the SMS 40th Annual Conference. 

If you would like to attend this workshop, you must submit an application by September 2, 2020. Accepted Applicants will then be able to register for the workshop. 

Workshop Organizers

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Elisa Alvarez-Garrido
University of South Carolina
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Ram Ranganathan
University of Texas at Austin
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Nan Jia
University of Southern California
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Turanay Caner
North Carolina State University
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Arkadiy Sakhartov
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Douglas Hannah
Boston University
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Elizabeth Altman
University of Massachusetts Lowell