Friday, April 17, 2009

Calls for Paper: 3rd Israel Strategy Conference

The 3rd Israel Strategy Conference (ISC 2009)
Call for Papers
Be’er Sheva, Israel
December 27-29, 2009
Submit a proposal at:
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2009

In a continuous effort to build a thriving international community of strategic management scholars and promote the field of strategic management in Israel, we are proud to announce the 3rd Israel Strategy Conference (ISC2009) to be held in Be’er Sheva, Israel, on December 27-29, 2009. The tentative program features several prominent keynote speakers including Jay Barney (Ohio State), Michael Hitt (Texas A&M), Anita McGahan (Toronto) and Harbir Singh (Wharton). ISC2009, sponsored by the Guilford Glazer School of Business & Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, offers a unique opportunity to explore recent developments and emerging issues in strategic management, as well as receive feedback on work-in-progress, and network with colleagues.

We invite paper proposals for possible presentation at the conference.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
Strategy formulation and implementation
Strategic planning and decision processes
Managing risk and uncertainty
Strategic control and reward systems
Resource development and allocation
Knowledge management
Internationalization and multinational corporations
Strategic alliances and networks
Diversification and portfolio strategies
Competitive strategy
Selection and behavior of general managers
Corporate venturing
Corporate governance

Submission guidelines
ISC will consider unpublished original paper proposals relating to the above topics of interest. International and global perspectives are encouraged. Proposals can be conceptual or empirical, quantitative or qualitative. Published papers or papers that were accepted for publication prior to the submission deadline will not be considered for the conference. We seek to accept a relatively small number of high-quality papers that target top tier academic journals. Submitted papers will go through a double blind review. Submissions will be evaluated based on their academic rigor, relevance, and contribution to the field of strategic management. Accepted proposals will be assigned to paper sessions or interactive sessions based on this evaluation.

The deadline for online submissions of paper proposals is June 15th, 2009.
Paper proposals, written in English, should clearly identify the research questions and methodology. If available, the main results, implications, and contributions should be discussed. Paper proposals are limited to 2 pages of text and 1 page of references. Use double spacing with 1-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 11 pt. The title of your paper must be included in the header and should exactly match the title provided in the online submission form. Please do not include any author identifying information.
To submit the paper proposal, upload your proposal in a Word or PDF file format to the Submissions Section of the ISC website at: where guidelines will be provided. Presenting authors must be available to present their papers any time during the conference. There will be no changes in the program to accommodate specific time preferences. An author may be designated as the presenter of only one paper, but can be listed as a co-author of up to 3 papers. Notices to authors will be sent in August, 2009, indicating whether the proposed paper has been accepted to a paper session or an interactive session.

ISC Best Paper Award
Select paper proposals which receive the highest assessment in the review process will be nominated as finalists for the ISC Best Paper Award and go through an additional blind-review process. The selected winner(s) of the ISC Best Paper Award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Rotem Strategy, an Israeli-based strategy consulting firm. The winning paper will be announced in the concluding session of ISC.

ISC is a family friendly conference!
The timing between Christmas and New Year, combined with Israel’s warm weather and tourist attractions, is perfect for bringing your family to Israel. To make the conference more enjoyable to all involved, ISC will be family friendly and offer family members excursions during the conference. On Monday, December 28th, families will be offered a half day guided tour to a Bedouin museum, a Bedouin craft shop, and the Biblical City of Be'er Sheva where Abraham dug his famous water wells. In the evening, families are welcome to join the conference’s social event. On Tuesday, December 29th, families will be offered a full day excursion to the Dead Sea and Masada. These excursions will be offered at net cost and require advance registration.

After-conference trip to Eilat
Conference attendees can sign up for a tour of the Negev desert and a trip to the city of Eilat, one of Israel’s best tourist attractions. Special conference rates apply. Come celebrate the Sylvester in the Red Sea!

Conference registration
Registration to the conference will open on August, 2009 on the ISC website at The conference registration fee is as follows:
Early registration fee: NIS 500
Early registration fee for students: NIS 400
Late registration fee: NIS 600
Late registration fee for students: NIS 500

Conference co-organizers
Niron Hashai (Hebrew University) -
Dovev Lavie (Technion) -
Ithai Stern (Northwestern University) -

Advisory committee
Joel Baum (University of Toronto) -
David Brock (Ben-Gurion University) -
Avi Fiegenbaum (Technion) -
Zur Shapira (New York University) -
Brian Silverman (University of Toronto) -

For additional information, visit the ISC website at or contact one of the conference co-organizers at

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