Robert Burgelman Stanford University Program Co-Chair
Hanna Lehtimäki University of Tampere Program Co-Chair
Tomi Laamanen Helsinki University of Technology Program Co-Chair
Richard Whittington University of Oxford Program Co-Chair
Welcome From The Program Chairs
We wish you a very warm welcome to snowy Lapland and to the Strategic Management Society’s Special Conference on ‘Intersections of Strategy Processes and Strategy Practices’. Our conference theme is motivated by our conviction that great strategies don’t come from nowhere. They need the right kinds of strategy development and execution processes, as well as support from robust and innovative strategy-making practices. This conference aims to bring together the latest research on strategy processes and practices and we are delighted to showcase over 100 presentations from leading researchers from 22 countries across the world. The conference also brings together academics and executives in an intimate setting to share perspectives and confront rigorous research with real-world experience. We are fortunate in being able to host contributions from senior executives at the Boston Consulting Group, Elisa Corp, F-Secure, Kemira Group, Rautaruukki Corp, Sitra and SRV. One of the many conference highlights is the agenda-setting plenary panel on Friday morning, addressing Strategy Processes and Practice Development Needs Seen by Top Executives. We hope that executives throughout the conference will challenge academics to push their research further and join with them in future projects that advance practical knowledge on strategy processes and strategy practices. We would like to thank the people who served as conference reviewers, our sponsors Tekes and Sitra, and the staff of the SMS Executive Office. We hope that this conference will offer you a setting for plenty of stimulating presentations and conversations. Have a great time!