Imagination and inspiration in business scholarship and practice are needed today more than ever. Our world of business performance and social welfare faces multiple discordant shocks, including climate crises, immigration barriers, technological expansions and shifts, supply chain disruptions, political realignments, trade transformations, and a global viral pandemic. Tackling these challenges requires novel solutions that build on a dynamic combination of imagination and inspiration.
Imagination and inspiration are intimately intertwined. According to Merriam-Webster, imagination is “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality,” while inspiration is “the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.” Together, these forces can respond to discord by creating new images and then inspiring action in response to the images.
The theme for the SMS 41st Annual Conference in Toronto encourages individual and collective imagination and inspiration toward tackling the discordant challenges we face in strategy scholarship and practice. The theme signals the desire for novel combinations of imagination and inspiration that proactively respond to and even shape discord.
After careful consideration, the SMS Board of Directors has voted to hold the SMS 41st Annual Conference virtually this September. This decision was approached very carefully, in partnership with the SMS Toronto Program Chairs and the SMS Executive Office, considering the health and safety of our attendees, the travel and event restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, and the uncertainty surrounding the country’s reopening.
While we had high hopes of being together in beautiful Toronto this year, it is clear that recovery from the pandemic will not happen in time for our annual conference. Instead, the Conference Committee and SMS Executive Office will look to the conference theme of “Imagination and Inspiration” to create another high-quality SMS virtual annual conference, building on the foundation of the 2020 SMS Annual Conference, while incorporating learnings and attendee feedback to make improvements and add exciting new features and activities.
We appreciate your patience as we work to confirm the details for the conference, including the conference schedule and registration fees. At this time, we plan to generally adhere to the timeline available in the “Dates” section of the SMS Toronto website. As new information becomes available, we will share it via email and on the website.
We would like to recognize and thank the 41st Annual Conference Committee and all our volunteers who are contributing to this conference and who will continue to create and innovate in the coming months. We also wish to express our gratitude to our members for your support of SMS. This is another exceptional year in the history of our Society, and we hope that you will continue to support the SMS with your membership and engagement, so that we can keep advancing the strategic management field.
Submission Deadline Now March 3rd
In moving the 2021 SMS Annual Conference to a virtual format, we have had multiple requests for an extension from members who were not able to participate in the conference planned for Toronto, but who would like to submit a proposal for review now that the conference will be virtual. To address these concerns, we are extending the submission deadline to March 3rd at 11:59pm CST. We hope this will allow any authors now able to participate the opportunity to prepare their submission. Click below to review the submission guidelines and submit your proposal.
The annual conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) brings together international thought leaders from academe, business, and consultancy interested in strategic management. More than 1000 attendees will participate in sessions with scholars presenting their cutting edge research, keynote speeches, practitioner panels, workshops, as well as a variety of networking events. Attendees come to SMS conferences to establish personal contacts, network, and identify new and emerging research in the field. Being a sponsor at the SMS Annual Conference builds visibility for your company or university and connects you with educators and field leaders. For more information, contact Anna Allen at email@example.com.
Our Annual Conference is made possible by the support of many volunteers, including our Volunteer Conference Support Staff! Current Ph.D. students have the opportunity to volunteer at the SMS 41th Annual Conference in exchange for complimentary registration. Additional information will be available soon.