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Call for conference papers: Tel-Aviv SMS Conference

Tel-Aviv SMS Conference March 9-11, 2014

Strategic Management Society Special Conference

Startup and Restart Strategies

Tel-Aviv, Israel, March 9-11, 2014

Submission deadline: September 1, 2013

Submission site now open

Keynote Speakers:
  • Kathleen Eisenhardt, Stanford University
  • Will Mitchell, University of Toronto
  • Edward Zajac, Northwestern University

Conference Advisory Board:

  • Jay Barney, University of Utaj
  • Joel Baum, University of Toronto
  • Michael Hitt, Texas A&M University
  • Daniel Levinthal, University of Pennsylvania
  • Zur Shapira, New York University

Conference Program Co-Chairs:
  • Gary Dushnitsky, London Business School
  • Niron Hashai, Hebrew University
  • Dovev Lavie, Technion
  • Ithai Stern, Northwestern University


Conference Track Chairs:

  • Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
  • Alfonso Gambardella, Bocconi University
  • Lori Rosenkopf, University of Pennsylvania
  • Myles Shaver, University of Minnesota

Doctoral Workshop Coordinator: Robert Salomon, New York University

At the heels of the recent financial crisis, nations and corporations seek policies and strategies that drive innovation, entrepreneurship and growth.
Policy makers, business practitioners and academics attempt to uncover the strategies and best practices that can revitalize the economy. Old strategies are revisited while new strategies are evaluated in an effort to restart the economy and leave the crisis behind. Startup firms are formed with the aim of introducing innovative solutions while established firms attempt to leverage their market access. In this pursuit for entrepreneurial drivers, nations and corporations seek to cooperate and coordinate their policies and strategies in order to recover and reengage in business development. Startup and restart strategies are needed to cope with these challenges and opportunities. How can corporations facilitate innovation and harness an entrepreneurial spirit? How can startup firms in various parts of the world achieve leadership positions in international markets? How can startup firms organize their operations and establish supportive infrastructures of investors, business partners, suppliers and customers that enable them to enhance efficiency and performance? What common challenges do developing countries face in nurturing multinational corporations? What business practices support innovation and enhance firms’
positions in international markets? What roles do interfirm cooperation and coordination serve in the economic development of corporations and nations?

These important questions have captured the attention of strategy scholars and business practitioners interested in capitalizing on the opportunities that await countries and corporations beyond the economic recovery.

This special SMS conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, will bring together academics, practitioners, and consultants in an effort to contemplate how entrepreneurs, corporations and nations can leverage cooperation and coordination in order to revitalize their operations, initiate growth, and bring innovation to international markets. The conference theme "Startup and Restart Strategies" underscores both the challenges and opportunities that startup firms and corporations face when seeking to foster innovation, commercialization and global market reach following a period of economic setback. The conference seeks to explore ideas and deliver cutting-edge knowledge in areas of organization, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and international business that shed light on this phenomenon. The Tel Aviv special SMS conference calls for relevant conceptual and empirical contributions from various parts of the world that can facilitate conversation and scholarly debate, and inform academic thought and practice.
The conference combines four competitive tracks with plenary keynote sessions, a practice track, a doctoral workshop, and academic development workshops that together promote the theme of startup and restart strategies. The competitive tracks align broadly with the domains of the Competitive Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Global Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Cooperative Strategies interest groups of SMS. We welcome submissions of paper proposals, panel proposals, academic development workshops, and doctoral workshop applications, using the following links: 

Conference announcement:

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  • Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

  • Guidelines for submitting proposals for academic development workshops:

  • Doctoral & thesis development workshop:

  • For more information visit the conference website:

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