Doctoral Worskhop Schedule


8:30 - 9:00am
Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30am
Introductions

Sendil Ethiraj, London Business School

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Sendil Ethiraj is a Professor of Strategy at London Business School. He received his Ph.D. at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and was on the faculty at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan for over a decade. Sendil Ethiraj’s research is built on the basic premise that firms are bundles of interdependent choices or complex systems. He unites his interest in understanding firms-as-complex-systems with the central questions in strategy that revolve around generating and sustaining competitive advantage. His research may be partitioned into two related themes. The first focuses on how complexity affects firm strategy and the unique tradeoffs that complexity imposes. The second examines firm capabilities and why they are complex and hard-to-imitate. His research has been published in the leading strategy journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He served as Department Editor for the Organizations department of Management Science before joining the editorial team at Strategic Management Journal.

Atul Nerkar, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Atul Nerkar is the Jeffrey A. Allred Scholar and Professor in the Strategy Area of the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He has been an Associate Editor at Management Science and currently serves as a Department Editor at the IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. He also serves on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal. Atul Nerkar's research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Management Science and International Journal of Industrial Organization. He won the McKinsey and Company Best Conference Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society Meeting in 2001. Atul Nerkar has a PhD in Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

9:30 – 10:30am
Developing and Defending Your Research Proposal

Olenka Kacpercyzk, MIT

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Brian Wu, University of Michigan

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Brian Wu is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He received his B.S. from Tsinghua University in China, M.Sc. from National University of Singapore, and Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Focusing on corporate strategy and industry evolution, his research has been published or is forthcoming in Management Science and Strategic Management Journal, and recognized with AOM Technology and Innovation Management Division Stephan Schrader Best Conference Paper Award, US Small Business Administration Best Student Paper Award, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Award (finalist), Ross Junior Faculty Research Award (nomination), AOM Technology and Innovation Management Division Past Chairs Emerging Scholar Award (runner-up), and 3M Nontenured Faculty Award. He served on the Research Committee (2010-12), and will serve on the Executive Committee (2013-15), of the AOM Business Policy and Strategy Division.

10:30 - 10:45am
Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00am
Planning for Publication

Richard Bettis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Rich Bettis is the Ellison Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business of the University of North Carolina. He has won the SMJ Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper prize and been elected to the Fellows of SMS. He has served on the Academy of Management Board and on the Strategic Management Society Board, where he also served a 3-year term as President. He has been a Consulting Editor of the Academy of Management Review, and an Associate Editor of Management Science. In 1995 he became an SMJ Associate Editor and in 2007 became an SMJ Co-Editor where his term will expire at the end of 2015.

Scott Graffin, University of Georgia

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Scott D. Graffin (sgraffin@uga.edu) is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and is also an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests include corporate governance, as well as the impact of reputation, status, and organizational impression management activities on organization outcomes. His research has been published numerous journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization. He is currently an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, he served SMS as a Representative at Large in the Strategic Leadership & Governance IG, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review. He is also a minority owner of the Green Bay Packers.

Sarah Kaplan, University of Toronto

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Sarah Kaplan is the Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is author of the New York Times business bestseller, Creative Destruction, challenging the notion of sustainable competitive advantage and the myth of excellence (with co-author Richard Foster). Her current research focuses on how cognition, capabilities and incentives intertwine in companies and industries to create its organizational architecture. Sarah Kaplan explores how such architecture, when tightly linked and routinized over time, can lead to lock-in. She also examines the ways that managers can, through purposeful action to reframe the situation, drive adaptation and change. Her research explores the biotechnology, fiber optics, personal digital assistants, financial services and nanotechnology fields. Formerly a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Co. in New York, she completed her doctoral research in Management of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Will Mitchell, University of Toronto

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Will Mitchell is Professor of Business Administration in Strategy and the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He is a faculty associate of Duke’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Health Sector Management Program, and Global Health Initiative. Will Mitchell teaches corporate strategy, business dynamics, and health sector strategy in the MBA, MMS, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs at Duke, as well as in partnership programs in Africa and elsewhere. He studies business dynamics, focusing on how businesses in developed and emerging markets change as the competitive environments change and, in turn, how the business changes contribute to ongoing corporate success or failure. Will Mitchell is a former SMS board member, a member of the SMS Fellows Group, a co-editor of SMJ, an editorial board member of several strategy-related journals in North America, Asia, and Europe, and a board member of Neuland Laboratories, Ltd.

12:00 - 13:15pm
Lunch
13:15 - 15:40pm
Interactive Roundtables on Research Proposals

Richard Bettis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Rich Bettis is the Ellison Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business of the University of North Carolina. He has won the SMJ Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper prize and been elected to the Fellows of SMS. He has served on the Academy of Management Board and on the Strategic Management Society Board, where he also served a 3-year term as President. He has been a Consulting Editor of the Academy of Management Review, and an Associate Editor of Management Science. In 1995 he became an SMJ Associate Editor and in 2007 became an SMJ Co-Editor where his term will expire at the end of 2015.

Seth Carnahan, University of Michigan

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Seth Carnahan (PhD Maryland) is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Seth's research centers on labor market strategy with an additional focus on entrepreneurship. Ongoing questions of interest include why employees and academics quit their jobs to start new organizations and how the departure of employees affects firm performance. Seth's work appears in the Strategic Management Journal and the Academy of Management Journal. His research is supported by the Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Strategy Research Foundation.

Sendil Ethiraj, London Business School

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Sendil Ethiraj is a Professor of Strategy at London Business School. He received his Ph.D. at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and was on the faculty at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan for over a decade. Sendil Ethiraj’s research is built on the basic premise that firms are bundles of interdependent choices or complex systems. He unites his interest in understanding firms-as-complex-systems with the central questions in strategy that revolve around generating and sustaining competitive advantage. His research may be partitioned into two related themes. The first focuses on how complexity affects firm strategy and the unique tradeoffs that complexity imposes. The second examines firm capabilities and why they are complex and hard-to-imitate. His research has been published in the leading strategy journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He served as Department Editor for the Organizations department of Management Science before joining the editorial team at Strategic Management Journal.

Atul Nerkar, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Atul Nerkar is the Jeffrey A. Allred Scholar and Professor in the Strategy Area of the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He has been an Associate Editor at Management Science and currently serves as a Department Editor at the IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. He also serves on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal. Atul Nerkar's research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Management Science and International Journal of Industrial Organization. He won the McKinsey and Company Best Conference Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society Meeting in 2001. Atul Nerkar has a PhD in Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Roberts, Emory University

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Frank T. Rothaermel, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Frank T. Rothaermel is a professor of strategy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. He holds the Russell and Nancy McDonough Chair in Business and a National Science Foundation CAREER award. He has published over 25 articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review. He serves (or served) on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization. Frank Rothaermel is also the author of a leading textbook—Strategic Management. Concepts & Cases—published by McGraw-Hill. He regularly translates his findings for Forbes, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Frank Rothaermel has received several recognitions including the Sloan Industry Studies Best Paper Award, the Academy of Management Newman Award, the Strategic Management Society Conference Best Paper Prize, the Israel Strategy Conference Best Paper Prize, and the DRUID Conference Best Paper Award.

Brian Wu, University of Michigan

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Brian Wu is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He received his B.S. from Tsinghua University in China, M.Sc. from National University of Singapore, and Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Focusing on corporate strategy and industry evolution, his research has been published or is forthcoming in Management Science and Strategic Management Journal, and recognized with AOM Technology and Innovation Management Division Stephan Schrader Best Conference Paper Award, US Small Business Administration Best Student Paper Award, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Award (finalist), Ross Junior Faculty Research Award (nomination), AOM Technology and Innovation Management Division Past Chairs Emerging Scholar Award (runner-up), and 3M Nontenured Faculty Award. He served on the Research Committee (2010-12), and will serve on the Executive Committee (2013-15), of the AOM Business Policy and Strategy Division.

15:40 - 16:00pm
Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:20pm
Job Seeking and Career Strategies

Nicholas Argyres, Washington Univeristy in St. Louis

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Nicholas Argyres is Vernon W. and Marion K. Professor of Strategy at the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Nicholas Argyres’ research investigates the relationship between firm strategy and the internal organization of the firm; the determinants of organizational boundaries; the structure of contractual relationships between organizations; and the effects of organizational politics on strategic decision-making. Nicholas Argyres’ research has been published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Science. He is currently Senior Editor at Organization Science, and serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Organization. He has served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty at the Olin Business School, and as Division Chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management.

Seth Carnahan, University of Michigan

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Seth Carnahan (PhD Maryland) is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Seth's research centers on labor market strategy with an additional focus on entrepreneurship. Ongoing questions of interest include why employees and academics quit their jobs to start new organizations and how the departure of employees affects firm performance. Seth's work appears in the Strategic Management Journal and the Academy of Management Journal. His research is supported by the Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Strategy Research Foundation.

Gabriel Szulanski, INSEAD

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Gabriel Szulanski is Professor of Strategy at INSEAD Singapore, where he is currently the area chair. His research focuses on the exploitation of knowledge assets, such as the transfer of best practices, and on the making of strategy. He is best known for his work on Stickiness and Replication. Gabriel Szulanski has served on the editorial board of leading academic journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Long Range Planning and the Journal of International Business Studies, where he also served as Area Editor. A member of the Strategic Management Society since 1994, Gabriel Szulanski currently serves as a board member, and has served in the leadership of the Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group. In 2012 he co-chaired the SMS special conference in Singapore and in 2013 he served as track chair for the SMS special conference in Geneva. He received his doctorate in management from INSEAD.

Anastasiya Zavyalova, Rice University

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Anastasiya Zavyalova is an Assistant Professor of strategic management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. She received her Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research focuses on socially responsible and irresponsible organizational actions that build, damage, and restore social approval assets, such as reputation and celebrity. Her work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review.

17:30 - 18:50pm
Reception


Strategic Management Society

Atlanta