Pamela Barr Georgia State University Program Chair
Frank T. Rothaermel Georgia Institute of Technology Program Chair
Welcome From The Program Chairs
We are pleased to invite you to Atlanta for the 33rd Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society where we will engage in conversation around the theme of Strategy and Sustainability. In today’s challenging global economic, environmental and social climate, questions about sustainability in all its dimensions have captured the attention of organization leaders, academics and consultants alike.
The topic of Strategy & Sustainability is certainly ‘hot’—we received a high number of proposal submissions. Thank you for your vote of confidence!
The Conference Track Chairs and IG Track Chair have concluded the review process and invitations for proposals in the parallel sessions have been extended. In addition to parallel paper, common ground, and panel sessions, here are just a few highlights of the plenary sessions at the Atlanta SMS Conference:
- Rita McGrath (Columbia University), Brian McManus (Accenture), V. Ganapathy Subramanian (Infosys) will open the conference with a plenary on “The Future of Strategy in a Transient Advantage World”
- Neville Isdell (former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company) will be awarded the SMS Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday afternoon
- Cynthia Cantor (GE Power & Water), Ed Rogers (UPS), and Stuart Hart (Cornell University) will discuss Strategy & Sustainability from different vantage points on Tuesday morning
We also are excited to announce that we have four wonderful extensions. These provide not only a stimulating intellectual program, but allow visitors to see different parts of the Southeast: Houston, Texas; Knoxville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina, and Kennesaw, Georgia. We thank the local organizers and universities for their invaluable contributions to the 33rd SMS Annual Conference!
We want to give special thanks to all the track chairs, the over 650 reviewers, the session chairs, the SMS board and the team at the SMS Executive Office. We are also grateful to Sendil Ethiraj and Atul Nerkar for co-chairing the SMS Doctoral Workshop.
Because of all of your efforts, the conference program is very rich with exciting papers and events. We encourage you to take part in this international conference, and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Atlanta!
Pamela Barr, Georgia State University
Frank T. Rothaermel, Georgia Institute of Technology