From the SMS President
Joan E. Ricart SMS President
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the SMS, I would like to express our enthusiasm for the upcoming Special Conference in Finland on “Intersections of Strategy Processes and Strategy Practices”. The SMS has strong ties to Finland with a substantial base of loyal members and we are pleased to host this special conference in this region.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those instrumental in organizing this conference. Without the hard work of our Program Chairs, Robert Burgelman, Tomi Laamanen, Hanna Lehtimäki and Richard Whittington, this event would not be a reality. A very special thank you is in order for Hanna Lehtimäki and Tomi Laamanen, our local experts and coordinators. A thank you is also in order for the Finnish Agency of Technology and Innovation Foundation (Tekes) for their generous financial support.
Special Conferences play an important role in our society. They offer additional opportunities for members to meet and collaborate, as well as grant our organization the ability to grow our presence in different regions of the world. This additional exposure is beneficial to the expansion of our membership base and provides a smaller forum for discussion and debate.
The topic of this special conference is especially intriguing and bridges two IGs, Practice of Strategy and Strategy Process. I think that exploring their intersections is challenging and will surely contribute to our understanding of organizational and managerial cognition, innovation, and capability development.
We hope that you will consider joining us in Lapland, Finland for this unique conference. With the compelling location and relevant topics of discussion, this promises to be a memorable experience both professionally and personally for those who attend.
Joan E. Ricart