Although there are compelling reasons why some companies and industries take the spotlight with respect to media coverage, business discourse, and academic scholarship, the reality is that these companies and industries comprise only a fraction of global economic activity. Companies and industries that operate out of the spotlight – in net – have greater economic and social impact on their communities. At the SMS 39th Annual Conference, we wish to explicitly recognize that some companies, industries, and questions grab the spotlight for our attention. By recognizing this, we wish to redirect the spotlight and rigorously assess the generalizability of our theories, findings, and business discourse.
Minneapolis is a fitting location to house a conference with this theme. Located in the north-central United States, it is out of the spotlight of the economic agglomerations of the coastal United States and generally not considered a major world economic center. However, Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the most headquartered metropolitan areas in the United States – both in raw counts of large company headquarters and especially in headquarters per capita. Many of the companies in the region operate in industries that are out of the spotlight, yet impact the lives of millions of people daily.
Thank you to Minneapolis Participants!
We hope you enjoyed the discussion of "Out of the Spotlight" Strategies that were presented on October 19-22, 2019. Click below for a conference recap and more photos.
Learn More About Extensions at the Annual Conference
We invite you to organize an SMS Conference Extension! These one-day topical workshops take place in various cities that are within reasonable proximity of the SMS Annual Conference city. Extensions can be organized for days prior to or following the SMS Annual Conference.
Visit the page below to learn more!
Read the Welcome from the Program Chairs!
The Conference Program Chairs, Gregory R Page and J Myles Shaver, are excited to invite you to the Annual Conference in Minneapolis! Click below to read their welcome.
In response to post-conference feedback that emphasized the importance of networking at SMS Conferences, we are excited to offer two additional networking breakfasts during the SMS Annual Conference in Minneapolis. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and sign-up to join the conversations!
Conference Schedule for SMS Minneapolis
Start planning your Minneapolis experience now by checking out the conference schedule! Dates, times, and descriptions are now available for all paper and common ground sessions, plenary programs, social activities, and more.
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Get all the latest info about the Annual Conference social receptions on the Evening Events page!
Logistical details for the Monday Night Event at Mill City Museum have been updated and Social Guest Registration for all three social receptions is now available. Click below to learn more.
Coffee Break Sponsor
We would like to recognize Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota as our Coffee Break Sponsor. Thank you for supporting the SMS 39th Annual Conference!
Opening Reception Sponsor
We are pleased to announce the conference Opening Reception is sponsored by the David Eccles School of Business in honor of their award winning faculty: Jay Barney, winner of the 2019 CK Prahalad Scholar-Practitioner Award, and Todd Zenger, winner of the 2019 Dan and Mary Lou Schendel SMJ Best Paper Award (with Laura Poppo).
Announcing the 2022 Calls for Proposals!
2022 SRF Calls for Proposals are now available! You can access the full Call for each of the SRF Programs on the website now: Research in Strategic Management Program (RSM), Research in Organizations Program (RiO), and Will Mitchell Dissertation Research Grant Program (WMDRG). Each program will review applications for grants presented from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024. Check back in May to access the proposal submission portal. The deadline for all program submissions will be October 1, 2022.
SMS Special Conference in Milan!
Registration is now available for the SMS Special Conference in Milan!
We hope you will join us in June as we discuss Governing Knowledge and Imagination in the Digital Era! With an exciting program of research presentations, roundtable discussions, and labs, it promises to be a thought-provoking event.
Click below to read the conference registration policy and sign up to attend!
SMS Journals Seek Special Issue Papers
Strategic Management Journal Special Issue: “Resource Allocation and Strategic Management” Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research from May 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue: "Strategic Entrepreneurship in Craft-Based Ventures" Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research from October 15, 2022 to November 1, 2022.
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue: "Business Model Innovation Design: Deploying Strategic Entrepreneurship to Address Grand Challenges" Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research by April 3, 2023.
Join the SMS Member Circle!
As a member of SMS, you are invited to access the SMS Member Circle, a new online community for SMS members to connect and communicate in a member exclusive setting! The Member Circle is only open to current members of the Strategic Management Society, and features groups of members and communication tools to help foster an atmosphere of collaboration and networking.
SMS 42nd Annual Conference in London!
Join us as we explore the theme of “Innovative Strategies for an Open World”. Visit the conference website to learn more.
In Memoriam: José de la Torre
We at SMS are very sad to share with you that our colleague and friend, José Ramón de la Torre Jr. passed away on April 25, 2022. He was an SMS Fellow and a beloved member of our community. For more than 50 years he taught International Business at several universities in the U. S. and abroad, making lasting connections across the world. He lived a full life, enjoyed his work and traveling the world with family and friends, always searching for the best food in all places he visited. As all who met him know, he loved bringing people together and was always ready to help. He touched many lives and leaves a big empty space in our hearts.
In Memoriam: Andrew Van de Ven
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!