Honoring Will Mitchell

Friends and close colleagues of Will Mitchell among SMS leadership are planning the Society's tribute to Will's memory and his service to SMS and the field of strategic management. We look forward to sharing more information with members soon. 

In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities provided by Rotman to honor Will, including a virtual remembrance ceremony, a virtual book of condolences, and a student support fund in his name. Click here to learn more.

In Memoriam: Will Mitchell

To the SMS Community,

We at SMS are very sad to share with you that our colleague and friend Will Mitchell passed away suddenly on December 6, 2021. Will was a prominent leader and active advocate for the field of strategic management. He is survived by his partner Dilys Bowman and three grown children Mairi, Tamzin and Luc.

He was beloved by his students and peers at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where he held the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization and was co-Academic Director of the GEMBA- HLS program. He also held an appointment in the Biostatistics and Bioinformation department at the Duke University Medical School. 

Before his position at Rotman, Will was Professor of Strategy at Duke University and, before that, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley and a BBA at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He was a leading scholar in the strategy field with a particular interest in healthcare and the life sciences. 

Will was an important contributor to the success of SMS throughout his career. Will served most recently as the SMS 41st Annual Conference Program Co-Chair, co-created the Strategy Imagination Forums, is an SMS Fellow, served on the Board of Directors from 2018-2020 and 2004-2008, has been a Co-Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and a Competitive Strategy Interest Group leader, and was a former Co-Editor within Media Innovations. His service to SMS advanced the organization in many ways, and his volunteer leadership served as an inspiration to all. 

Beloved by his students, peers, colleagues, and collaborators, Will was well-known for going above and beyond to support people and programs when help was needed, especially the PhD students that he mentored. His scholarship and presence were instrumental to the field, and he was always a vocal proponent of advancing research in strategic management, encouraging dialogues between academics and practitioners and promoting inclusivity to scholars from traditionally underrepresented regions. 

The SMS Board of Directors, Office, and Community share our deepest condolences with Will’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

-The Strategic Management Society