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).
SMS Virtual Toronto Registration is Open!
We are pleased to share initial details and open registration for the SMS 41st Annual Conference, our second virtual Annual Conference. Click below to learn more and register today!
Call for Nominations for Directors-at-Large
As a membership-based organization, we value your input and hope you will take this opportunity to participate in SMS governance! The Nominating Committee solicits your recommendations for up to two Director-at-Large positions, each for a three-year term.
*Nominating SMS members for the Board is restricted to 2021 members of the Society.
Sucheta Nadkarni Award for Outstanding Publication on Women Executive Leadership
The Behavioral Strategy and Strategic Leadership & Governance Interest Groups are pleased to announce the second annual Sucheta Nadkarni Award for Outstanding Publication on Women Executive Leadership. This award is sponsored by Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in memory of Sucheta Nadkarni (1967-2019) and it recognizes a refereed journal publication with potential to significantly impact our understanding of women executive leadership. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2021.
Research Funding Opportunities
Grant Period: Jan 1, 2022–Dec 31, 2023
Submission Deadline: Oct 1, 2021
Did you know that the Strategy Research Foundation provides grants to support strategic management research? SRF is delighted to have three funding programs: Research in Strategic Management Program (RSM), Research in Organizations Program (RiO), and Dissertation Research Grant Program (DRG). To review the full details of the Calls, including eligibility requirements, and past recipients please visit the SRF website. The submission system will open in August 2021.
July Member Engagement Opportunities
Live participation is a benefit of membership in the Strategic Management Society. Become a 2021 member today!
SMJ and SEJ Seek Special Issue Papers
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue: “Environmental Change, Strategic Entrepreneurial Action, and Success” Interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research from August 1, 2021 to September 3, 2021.
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.
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!