Rome Extensions

The Extensions were separate one-day topical workshops individually organized at four academic institutions in four Italian cities, two before the SMS conference in Milan and Venice, two after the conference in Naples and Catania. They were aimed at furthering the scientific debate on a specific topic in smaller workshop-type settings. The Extensions provided opportunities for attendees of the main SMS conference in Rome to share and discuss emerging ideas in an interesting and enjoyable setting. They were open to be attended by additional local scholars and will offer precious occasions to establish or develop collaborations with other scholars.

Upfront registration was required to allow planning, and was open with general conference registrations. A registration fee of US$105 per participant was charged per workshop day to cover expenses. For registrations after September 1, the fee increases to US$ 155. SMS members receive a $20 reduction.

Extension 1: Milan – Thursday, Sep. 9, 2010

Location: Bocconi University - Room 24, located in the main building (Via Sarfatti 25), on the 2nd floor. Click here for a map.

Theme: Knowledge & Capabilities Research: The Road Ahead


  • Salvio Vicari, Bocconi University


  • Stefano Brusoni, Bocconi University
  • Arnaldo Camuffo, Bocconi University
  • Giovanni Dosi, Scuola Sant’Anna
  • Alfonso Gambardella, Bocconi University
  • Anna Grandori, Bocconi University
  • Rob Grant, Bocconi University
  • Franco Malerba, Bocconi University
  • Gianmario Verona, Bocconi University
  • Sid Winter, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maurizio Zollo, Bocconi University

Research on organizational knowledge and capabilities has been at the core of the development of strategy field for almost two decades. Despite the wealth of novel understanding produced, the general view is that we are still far from a generally accepted and empirically validated theory of how capabilities develop in firms, and of the conditions at which they create and sustain competitive advantage. Even more problematic is the missing linkages with other critical conditions for competitive advantage, such as cognition, motivation, values, identity, to name but a few. In this extension, we intend to identify, prioritize and begin to tackle some of the open questions from several theoretical perspectives and levels of analysis. The aspiration is to help the field chart the road ahead for future research on these fundamental questions for our field.

For more information on the Milan extension, click here.

Extension 2: Venice – Friday, Sep. 10, 2010

Location: University of Venice Ca’Foscari University, Ca' Dolfin. Dorsoduro 3825/e

Theme: Mapping Change, Changing Mappings: Conceptual Shifts in Strategy


  • Carlo Bagnoli, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari
  • Anna Comacchio, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari
  • Michael Jacobides, London Business School
  • Massimo Warglien, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari


  • Giovanni Gavetti, Harvard Business School
  • Michael Jacobides, London Business School
  • Joe Lampel, City University London
  • Paul Nakagaki, Roche Partnering
  • Joe Porac, New York University
  • Richard Whittington, University of Oxford
  • Sidney Winter, University of Pennsylvania

Strategy is embedded in the system of representations that organize the definition of its domain, the perception of competitive forces, the roles of players and the time dimension. Such representations contribute to shaping strategies by highlighting issues and making some solution “natural” while hiding other ones. A fundamental aspect still under-investigated is how such representations change and affect changes in strategy: conceptual shifts are often at the core of changes in business models, of radical innovations, or of strategic moves that alter the architecture of industries. In this “SMS extension” we want to address issues concerning how conceptual shifts in strategy happen, what is their “grammar”, and what triggers them. We also want to explore how new representations and new representation tools can help to improve the process of strategy change in a practice perspective. Furthermore, we want to promote dialogue with other fields where changes in representations and conceptual shifts are fundamental components of innovation.

For more information on the Venice extension, click here.

SMS 2010 International Conference: Rome – Sep. 12–15, 2010

Rome will be the host city of the main SMS Annual International Conference in Italy this year. The conference will start with the Interest Group Sessions on Sunday, September 12, and continue through mid-day Wednesday, September 15. Please see the Program Schedule for more information on the planned events.

Extension 3: Naples – Thursday, Sep. 16, 2010

Location: Federico II University, Monte S. Angelo Campus, Napoli, Room G04

Theme: Intangible Assets, Governance & Competitive Advantage

Co-chairs and Organizers:

  • Arturo Capasso, University of Sannio at Benevento
  • Valentina Della Corte, University of Naples Federico II
  • Mauro Sciarelli, University of Naples Federico II
  • Mario Sorrentino, Second University of Naples

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jay Barney, Ohio State University
  • Joe Lampel, City University London
  • S. Venkataraman, University of Virginia

In a growingly global and hypercompetitive context, firms' boundaries, traditional sources of competitive advantage and consolidated forms of corporate governance may not be appropriate any longer.

The main sources of competitive advantage become more and more difficult to seize, to analyze and to pursue. Even within some consolidated research streams, such as resource-based theory, the unit of analysis is the firm itself and the reference to resources not only owned or controlled but also available to the firm as a consequence of its relations with other stakeholders. This conceptual evolution inevitably evokes the process of firm’s configurations, in sets of complicated and intense relationships. This complexity, moreover, is the real strategic challenge for firms’ competitiveness.

For more information on the Naples extension, click here.

Extension 4: Catania – Friday, Sep. 17, 2010

Location: University of Catania, Facoltà di Economia, Corso Italia, 55; Room: Aula Magna

Theme: Entrepreneurship at the Crossroads: New Challenges & Emerging Issues


  • Daniela Baglieri, University of Messina
  • Francesco Garraffo, University of Catania
  • Salvatore Tomaselli, University of Palermo


  • Jay Barney, Ohio State University
  • Kathy Eisenhardt, Stanford University
  • Mike Hitt, Texas A&M
  • Robert Hoskisson, Rice University
  • Joan Enric Ricart, IESE Business School
  • Sidney Winter, University of Pennsylvania
  • Shaker Zahra, University of Minnesota

The SMS Extension in Catania presents a panel of six outstanding global scholars that will shed light on new challenges and emerging issues in the field of entrepreneurship. The new frontiers in technological innovations, the effects of globalization, and the related financial world crises, call for systematic analysis of the role of entrepreneurship in the novel evolving scenarios. While strategy scholars are involved in various research streams scrutinizing a phenomenon that is essential to the foundation of economic development, entrepreneurs are striving to find new and innovative ways to rejuvenate firms' competitive advantages whilst institutions and public actors are attempting to promote local development through multiple ventures formation. By attending Catania's SMS Extension, researcher and practitioners will learn how to crisscross traditional approaches in entrepreneurship with new perspectives that can be valuable in both erecting stronger pillars in the strategic entrepreneurship domain and effectively mingle with the current challenging environment.

For more information on the Catania extension, click here.

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