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).
2019 SMS Award & Honors
We are proud to recognize several scholars every year at the Annual Conference for their contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management.
Please visit the Awards website to learn more about the individuals we are recognizing this year!
2020 SMS Special Conference in Berkeley
Registration is now open for the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley!
The conference theme is "Designing the Future: Strategy, Technology, and Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution".
The conference will be held at UC-Berkeley Haas Campus in California from March 25-27, 2020.
It is with great sadness that we share with you that Clayton Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, passed away on January 23, 2020. A member and Fellow of the SMS, Clayton Christensen was awarded the CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award by SMS in 2013 for his substantial contributions to research and practice. He was the author of ten books and more than a hundred articles, including “The Innovator’s Dilemma” (1997), which The Economist named as one of the greatest business books ever written. In addition to an academic career, he started four successful enterprises including Innosight, a consulting firm that uses his theories of innovation to help companies create new growth businesses. The SMS is grateful for his many contributions to the field and while we will miss him, his contributions to scholarship and practice will be everlasting.
In 2019 the SMS Board approved the creation of a new volunteer role at the SMS - an SMS Ombudsperson. The intent is to provide an additional channel of communication from membership to the SMS leadership, as recommended by the Special Committee on Inclusivity. We are excited to share that Dana Minbaeva has been appointed to serve as the first SMS Ombudsperson. You can learn more about this role and Dana by visiting the SMS Ombudsperson page by clicking below.
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!