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Deadline Sept 11: SMS PDW on Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Disruptive World

  • 1.  Deadline Sept 11: SMS PDW on Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Disruptive World

    Posted 09-09-2020 09:58

    Call for Applicants


    Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Disruptive World

    Paper Development Workshop (Virtual Session)


    Saturday, October 24, 2020

    3:00 PM- 6:00 PM (UTC)

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)

    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM (PDT)


    The Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Competitive Strategy, Cooperative Strategy, Corporate Strategy, and Knowledge and Innovation Interest Groups are pleased to offer a virtual joint research-focused paper development workshop, themed 'Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Disruptive World, on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM (UTC).  The workshop to be held virtually is open to all levels while prioritizing advanced doctoral students and junior faculty.

    At the SMS 40th Annual Conference- Virtual, the strategic management research community is poised to take stock of the changes from the last two decades of the digital revolution and then consider what the future holds and how firms can cope with a disrupted and disruptive world.  As firms navigate their fast-changing environments, strategy scholarship has come to pay growing attention to the new ways in which firms organize, collaborate, and compete to achieve sustainable competitive advantage, as well as how entrepreneurial entrants with novel business models disrupt traditional notions of competitive advantage. Critical questions in this space include (but are not limited to):

    • How has the shift away from hierarchy toward networks and away from industries toward ecosystems and platform-based organizations altered the competitive, cooperative, and corporate strategies followed by firms?
    • What are the new forms of collaborative and interfirm arrangements in response to the rapidly changing technological and business landscape? How are these relationships governed? What are the sources of value creation from these relationships?
    • What new competitive interactions between firms are being introduced because of disruptive change, and how have successful firms managed them?
    • How have digital technologies such as AI and blockchain-enabled new entrants to create and capture value and, therefore, disrupt incumbent firms? How do entrepreneurs with disruptive business models enter the market? What are the implications of disruption and digitalization for the traditional boundaries of industries and firms? How do these changes influence the technology and product scope choices of firms?

    Our workshop seeks to explore these and similar questions through a virtual interactive discussion and in-depth breakout sessions that bring together a variety of perspectives across diverse strategy communities. This virtual workshop will include both panel discussions and breakout sessions. For the panel portion, faculty panelists will briefly discuss the state of the field and new research directions. The panel will also address opportunities for publishing research on these issues in top-tier management journals. The second portion of the session will involve virtual breakout session(s) where participants can gain personalized feedback on their research from faculty panelists. The workshop will take place on Pathable, the online platform for the conference. The conference platform will use Zoom Meetings to hold live synchronous sessions.


    Elisa Alvarez-Garrido, University of South Carolina; Turanay Caner, North Carolina State University; Nan Jia,University of Southern California; Ram Ranganathan, University of Texas at Austin; and Arkadiy Sakhartov,  University of Illinois, Douglas Hannah, Boston University; Elizabeth Altman, University of Massachusetts Lowell.


    Jaideep (Jay) Anand, Ohio State University; Olivier Chatain, HEC Paris; Gary Dushnitsky, London Business School; Martin Ganco, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Devi Gnyawali, Virginia Tech; Ravi Madhavan, University of Pittsburgh; Francisco Polidoro Jr., University of Texas at Austin; John Prescott, University of Pittsburgh; Xun (Brian) Wu, University of Michigan; Yue Maggie Zhou, University of Michigan.

    Application Requirements:

    An application is required for this workshop. Applicants should submit the following materials as a single document with the file named with their first and last name through the workshop website: 

    • CV
    • Copy of the paper for which you would like to receive feedback

    The workshop application deadline is September 11, 2020 and the organizers will notify applicants of acceptance decisions by September 22, 2020. Accepted applicants will then need to confirm their attendance by registering for the workshop by October 5, 2020.

    Saturday Workshops at the Annual Conference are included in the registration for the Annual Conference. Participants in workshops must be registered for the Annual Conference.

    Workshop Timeline 

    September 11, 2020                Workshop Application Deadline 

    September 22, 2020                 Notification of Workshop Application Decisions 

    October 5, 2020                      Workshop Participant Registration Deadline

    October 24, 2020                     Saturday Workshops

    October 26-30, 2020               SMS Virtual 40th Annual Conference


    For more information about the Workshops at SMS 40th Annual Conference-Virtual or to learn more about the conference, please visit https://www.strategicmanagement.net/virtual


    Elisa Alvarez-Garrido
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia SC