Meet the Staff of the SMS Executive Office!

Mission Statement

The Strategic Management Society is the leading global member organization that fosters and supports rigorous and practice-engaged strategic management research and nurtures a vibrant and inclusive scholarly community.   

Vision Statement

The Strategic Management Society cultivates collaboration between academics and practitioners as a means of accelerating thought leadership in the field of strategic management.  We nurture and disseminate cutting-edge research in order to advance the practice of strategic management, address economic challenges, and positively impact society around the world. 

About the Strategic Management Society

The SMS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1983 under the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act. Founded at an inaugural meeting in London in 1981, the Society operates exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to promote and encourage superior research and practice in the field of strategic management. The activities of the Society include:

  • The publication of three leading academic journals: Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Global Strategy Journal.
  • The planning and execution of two to four conferences/year, facilitating cooperation and interchange of ideas among 150-1,300 attending academics, business practitioners, and consultants.
  • The funding of research projects to advance the field of strategic management.
  • The acknowledgement of achievement and scholarly excellence through awards.
  • The development and delivery of engagement and networking opportunities.

Membership-Based Organization

The SMS is membership based, enjoying the support of approximately 3,000 members annually, representing more than 1,100 institutions and companies in 70+ countries.

  • Our activities are made possible through the dedicated support of hundreds of individuals who take on responsibilities, volunteering their time and expertise.
  • In addition to the groups of volunteers included below, other key roles within the organization include: Journal Co-Editors, Associate Editors, and Editorial Review Board Members; Conference Program Chairs, Track Directors, and Workshop Directors; SRF Co-Chairs and Program Chairs; Award Directors; and many more who develop and promote the content within SMS activities.
  • The work is coordinated by a small professional office located in Chicago, Illinois.

Interest Groups

To act as a catalyst for building and disseminating new ideas in research, practice, and teaching in strategic management, the SMS offers Interest Groups and Communities (IG&Cs) to its members.

  • Each IG recognizes a major stream of research interest and facilitates members’ exchange of ideas through conference programming, webinars, and networking.
  • Communities create a bridge for interested individuals across all streams of research to focus on methods and teaching in the field.
  • The IG&C leadership is elected each year and is comprised of the Chairperson, Program Chair, Associate Program Chair, and six Representatives-at-Large. After one year of service, the Associate Program Chair automatically becomes the Program Chair and continues as the Chairperson the year following, for a full three-year term. The six Representatives-at-Large are elected for two-year terms. Their terms are staggered so that three Representatives-at-Large are elected each year.

Board of Directors

The organization is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 14 members.

  • Every other year, the membership elects a new President-Elect for a two-year term. At the conclusion of the term as President-Elect, this individual becomes President for two years and then Past-President for another two-year term.
  • The membership annually elects three Directors-at-Large for three-year terms.
  • The Board appoints a Treasurer for a term of three years.
  • The Board appoints an Executive Director as outlined in Bylaws who acts as the Secretary for the Board and manages the Executive Office.
  • There are several Board Committees comprised of Board members and other key stakeholders who oversee operational and programmatic areas of the organization.