The SMS holds several conferences throughout the year, broadening and developing the field of Strategic Management. Each conference explores a unique and current theme in the field and brings together leading scholars and experts from around the world. These conferences allow the opportunity for both young and senior scholars to present their research and receive feedback to develop the area of academia, as well as their careers. We are also proud to host workshops along with our conferences to allow more in-depth discussion and research development for our scholars.
We welcome ideas and expressions of interest from members who want to be involved in creating a special event that focusses on a specific topical area. Please click here to learn additional information about the events and how to contact us.
Our Annual Conferences focus on global issues within the field of Strategic Management and bring together around 1,000 attendees alternating between locations in Europe and North America. These conferences stem from our origins in 1981 with the inaugural meeting in London. Since then, we have hosted conferences in several cities between the two continents. As our annual conferences are larger events, we also take time to honor scholars in the field at an awards ceremony and plan a cultural event in the city we are visiting.
Our Special Conferences are smaller in size, usually 150-300 attendees, and through these events we are able to extend our realm of vision to more geographic areas and more topically focused issues in the field. These have grown in popularity in recent years, and so the SMS has been hosting between 2-3 of them each year. With each Special Conference, we gather scholars and practitioners under a more focused setting to allow a more in-depth exploration of the theme.
While each of our conferences focuses on a different topic or theme, we do have similarieites that cross from one event to the next. One of these similarities is that for many of our conferences, we host developmental workshops either prior to or following the event. The topics for these workshop range depending on the conference and the organizers, but typically provide an excellent opportunity for doctoral and junior faculty scholars to work with senior scholars, meet with editors, and develop their research. For more information on these workshops, please visit our conference websites!
At both our Annual and Special Conferences, we work into the schedule several coffee breaks and other opportunities to allow scholars and practitioners the opportunity to mingle and make new contacts or reconnect others. We also plan social events, such as our Monday Night event at the Annual Conference that always involves a cultural event in the city where attendees can build their network and discuss the research interests in a more casual setting.
Forum for Research Presentation
It is a hallmark that presentations made at SMS Conferences are on the cutting edge of research. Therefore, we invite proposals rather than finished, complete papers for all of our conferences. Toward this goal, we also seek only original, unpublished work. This policy allows the conference to stay on the edge of new research, as well as providing an environment where scholars can receive feedback at a point where they can still make improvements to their work in order for it to be published.
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