It is with great excitement that I present to you some of the highlights of the STR program for the annual conference in Seattle. Like in the past two years, we will continue to offer virtual sessions. Nevertheless, this year the majority of the program will be back in person. Many of us will be able to travel to Seattle to meet up again after two years at home. Unfortunately, due to lockdowns or other restrictions imposed because of Covid, many STR members are still unable to travel. The hybrid portion of the program will try to create a bridge from Seattle to those of you that will follow the conference from afar.
This year a hybrid conference means that we are once again experimenting with a new program format. The new format has led to last minute changes from AoM and therefore some challenges in the scheduling. To mentions just a few of the things we had to consider this year: accommodating many different and changing format preferences, the large time zone differences, limits on rooms offering hybrid facilities, and obligatory cleaning breaks between sessions. While we have done our best to meet all session format preferences, I know that some of you may be in sessions that have a different format than you had selected. Limitations on the virtual platform and rooms offering a hybrid format means that we unfortunately were unable to meet all preferences. Regardless of session formats and timings, I trust that you will find the STR program sessions contain exciting and relevant content related to research and teaching in the strategic management field. As in prior years, the STR program is organized by eight topical tracks: Corporate and International Strategy; Organization Structure, Networks and Relational Strategies; Resources, Capabilities, and Strategic Factor Markets; Nonmarket Strategy; Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Strategy; Industry, Competition, and Strategic Entrepreneurship; Strategic Leadership, TMT, and Corporate Governance; and Behavioral Strategy. These tracks have also guided the program development and in general make the process much more manageable for the program team. Each of the tracks have a number of exciting virtual, in person, and hybrid sessions and at the end of this newsletter I will highlight a few sessions.
Before I get into the highlights of the program, let me start by thanking the amazing volunteers that have helped me put together the program this year. It is safe to say that without them it would not have been possible. First, let me thank the three outstanding scholars and STR executive committee members that were part of the program team this year: Elisa Alvarez-Garrido (U South Carolina); Donal Crilly (London Business School); and Metin Sengul (Boston College). They helped me develop the program by evaluating the 791 proposals that were submitted this year, making recommendations on specific paper proposals, and identifying proposals as candidates for our various paper awards under severe time pressures. I am grateful to Elisa, Donal, and Metin and hope that many will join me in thanking them for their tremendous efforts in building the STR program.
Second, I want to thank the scholars who supported the program team to develop paper sessions within the eight topical tracks: Ankur Chavda (HEC); Stefan Dimitriadis (University of Toronto); Sukhun Kang (London Business School); Nina Teng (London Business School); and Ilaria Orlandi (Copenhagen Business School).
Third, I wish to thank all the reviewers who signed up to review for the STR division. This year, 1,239 individuals from 55 countries volunteered to review for the STR division. Of the reviews that we assigned, 90% were completed in time to provide feedback to STR authors. The number of reviewers went up by 15% from last year and shows the continued commitment of STR members to contribute to our division. With so many reviewers and reviews completed, it meant that 77% of the submissions have received feedback from three reviewers. I am deeply grateful to all of the new and continuing reviewers who gave their time and offered developmental and high-quality reviews, undertaking significant effort to serve our division in this important way. I am also thankful to Membership Engagement Committee members Aldona Kapacinskaite (Bocconi U) and Tadhg Ryan-Charleton (Queen's U. Belfast) for organizing and hosting a review workshop where Catherine Maritan (Syracuse U.) offered very helpful tips on the reviewing process and in particular, she explained how reviewing for a conference like AOM differs from reviewing for a journal.
Fourth, I want to express my deep thanks to a select group of "trusted reviewers" who stepped up and provided emergency reviews with a short turnaround. The helpful reviews from these scholars meant we could make good decisions on all submissions. My thanks to Afonso Almeida Costa (U Nova de Lisboa) Kristina Vaarst Andersen (U Southern Denmark); Francisco Brahm (London Business School); Jonathan Bundy (Arizona State U); Jasmina Chauvin (Georgetown University); Francesco DiLorenzo (Copenhagen Business School); Giada di Stefano (Bocconi U); John Eklund (U Southern California); Aleksandra Gregoric (Copenhagen Business School); Douglas Hannah (Boston U); Daniel Keum (Columbia U); Joon Mahn Lee (Korea U); Matthew Lee (New York U); Catherine Magelssen (London Business School); Michael Mol (Copenhagen Business School); Cédric Gutierrez Moreno (Bocconi U); Pia Neudert (EBS U); Timothy Ott (U North Carolina); Dennis Park (U Texas, Dallas); Luke Rhee (U California, Irvine); Chris Rider (U Michigan); Wolfgang Sofka (Copenhagen Business School); Markus Taussig (Rutgers U); and Phebo Wibbens (INSEAD).
I will close this portion of my letter thanking Carolina Majlis Fink, for her a fantastic job as my assistant on the program. I am also thankful to the AOM Staff, especially Brianna Giampia and Gabe Bramson, for all of their assistance during the past year. And warm thanks to the other STR officers – Heather Berry, Michael Leiblein, Deepak Somaya and Tim Folta for their help and support throughout the year.
STR Submission Stats:
The STR division received 699 papers and 92 symposium submissions in 2022. This is up 7% from the prior year, but still not quite back to pre-pandemic submission rates for STR. In line with recent years, the bulk of these submissions (63%) originated from outside of the United States. 1,239 reviewers from 55 countries signed up to review. Reviewers from the US accounted for 38% of the reviewers. Due to the fact that one portion of our program is virtual, AOM allowed us to accept a larger share of the proposals received-our team accepted 64% of the paper proposals and 74% of the symposia proposals; a 15% increase.
STR Program Formats:
In-Person: For the first time in two years we welcome back our STR members to in-person sessions. Most of the in-person sessions will run like the sessions you know from pre-pandemic conferences. However, there are unfortunately presenters that are still unable to travel and therefore prevented from joining these sessions. These presenters may choose to pre-record their presentations or join via zoom meetings set up by session moderators. This means that even in-person sessions will have a virtual/hybrid element.
Virtual: The virtual sessions make up the portion of the program that is running entirely on the online AoM program platform. The format of these sessions vary from pre-recorded asynchronous sessions, webinar presentation style sessions to live open sessions where participants can also join live in the discussion.
Hybrid: The hybrid sessions are those sessions that are run from Seattle at the Seattle Convention Center in dedicated hybrid rooms with facilities for streaming the sessions onto the AoM conference platform. Some of these sessions will have an interactive element and other sessions are webinar formats where the online participants can follow the presentations and discussions online. Due to the limits on the hybrid format rooms, at STR, we have chosen to dedicate hybrid sessions to STR program sessions like the plenary, select PDW and symposia sessions.
STR Program Socials, Meetings, and Plenary
Below are the main STR events. In addition to the in-person business meeting, we will also feature a pre-recorded business meeting that highlights the main statistics of our program, thanks all of our volunteers, and highlights the STR activities of the past year. The award winners will be announced at the in-person business meeting on Monday and we will update the pre-recorded business meeting and post it on the STR website (https://str.aom.org/home) after the in-person meeting.
To reach out to members that are unable to attend the conference in person, we will also host two virtual socials in different time zones: Europe and Asia. All regions are of course invited to attend either of those socials and we hope that some of you will also join us from Seattle for those events.
All times listed are local time in Seattle (Pacific Time zone).
Pre-recorded Business Meeting (AOM Virtual Session)
5:30-7:30PM: STR Division Welcome Back Happy Hour at Optimism Brewery
7:00-8:00AM: Asia Time Zone Social (AOM Virtual Session)
11:00AM-12:00PM: Europe Time Zone Social (AOM Virtual Session)
2:00– 3:30PM: All 2021 and 2022 STR Sponsored Consortia Coffee Social. Seattle Convention Center Ballroom 6A
7:30-8:30AM: Pre-Awards Social (Coffee and light breakfast). Sheraton Grand Ballroom D
8:30-10:30AM: STR Career Awards session. Sheraton Grand Ballroom D
7:30-8:30AM: Pre-Plenary Social (Coffee and light breakfast). Seattle Convention Center, Tahoma 4
8:30-10:00AM: STR Plenary: Creating a Better World by Creating Value. Seattle Convention Center, Tahoma 4
3:00-4:30PM: Best Dissertation Finalists' Presentations, Sheraton Grand Metropolitan A
4:30-5:30PM: STR Business Meeting, Sheraton Grand Metropolitan A
5:30-7:00PM: STR Social, Sheraton Grand Ballroom C
STR Program Paper and Symposium Session Highlights by Track
The STR program features many exciting sessions across the three different formats. To show you the variety of sessions across the eight different STR tracks, I have chosen to highlight three sessions within each track. All times listed are local time in Seattle (Pacific Time zone).
Corporate and International Strategy
Geography and Strategy in Developing Countries
AOM Virtual Session
Tuesday Aug 9
7:00 – 8:30AM
Shaping the Future: Past, Present, and Future Avenues for Research on Market Shaping
Seattle Convention Center, Chelan 4
8:30 – 10:00AM
Human Capital and Corporate Strategy
In-person Paper Session
Seattle Convention Center, Ballroom 6A
11:30AM – 1:00PM
Organization Structure, Networks and Relational Strategies
The Influence of Management on Organizations
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Dashpoint
Sunday Aug 7
Beyond JV's and Alliances: Organizational Implications of Markets, Platforms and Clusters
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Diamond B
Monday Aug 8
1:30PM – 3:00PM
What can Management Scholars and Economists Teach Each Other About Interorganizational Governance
Seattle Convention Center, Tahoma 3
1:00PM – 2:30PM
Resources, Capabilities, and Strategic Factor Markets
Resource Decay and Business Innovation
Virtual Paper Session
6:00AM – 7:30AM
Dynamic Capabilities: Capabilities to Terminate
Seattle Convention Center, Tahoma 1
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Redeployment and Reconfiguration
Seattle Convention Center, Ballroom 6B
10:45AM – 12:15PM
Stakeholder Theory and Strategy
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Jefferson B
Firms' Market and Non-market Strategies in Response to the Climate Crisis
Seattle Convention Center, Skagit 3
8:00AM – 9:30AM
State and Nonmarket Strategy in China
11:00AM – 12:30PM
Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Strategy
Innovation and Search: Antecedents and Consequences
7:00AM – 8:30AM
Platform Structure and Governance
A Brief Perspective of Time and Innovation
Seattle Convention Center, Room 302
Industry, Competition, and Strategic Entrepreneurship
Adapting to Industry Change and Crises
Sheraton Grand Seattle, Aspen
Geographies of Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities
Seattle Convention Center, Yakima 1
Seattle Convention Center, Ballroom 6C
10:00AM – 11:30AM
Strategic Leadership, TMT, and Corporate Governance
Isolating (Causal) Effects in Strategic Leadership Research: Natural Experiments and Diff-in-Diff-de
Pushing the Boundaries: Theoretical Developments in Strategic Leadership
DEI at the Top? A Corporate Governance View on the Composition and Characteristics of Firm Leaders
Seattle Convention Center, Room 307
A Behavioral View of Organizational Theory
How to Experiment: Lessons from Economics
Seattle Convention Center, Tahoma 2
What to do with Rejections?
1:15PM – 2:45PM