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 Appointment of the New SMS Executive Director
The Strategic Management Society has appointed a new SMS Executive Director, Barbara Grobicki!
Barbara brings more than 25 years of professional experience in association management, marketing, sales, and fundraising. As the incoming Executive Director, Barbara looks forward to working with our members and serving an organization focused on the study of management.
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 at the reduced rate!
May Member Engagement Opportunities
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Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Open Calls
“Leading the Digital Transformation of Incumbent Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective” interested authors should read the full Call for Submissions and submit their research from May 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021.
“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.
Volunteer Conference Support Staff
Current PhD students have the opportunity to volunteer at the SMS 41st Annual Conference in exchange for complimentary registration. Volunteers will be scheduled to serve approximately 10 hours during the conference on September 18-21 and/or conference events outside of the main conference dates. They will provide hospitality and platform assistance as well as in-session support for a variety of sessions. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2021.
SEJ Seeks Special Issue Proposals
The Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal invites proposal submissions for a Special Issue of the journal. We encourage proposals that seek to (re-)shape important research conversations in our field or open up entirely new ones. Interested teams should read the full Call and submit their proposals by July 15, 2021.
We were excited to recognize several scholars for their presented research in Minneapolis! Click below to see the recipients of this year's awards!