This is a preliminary schedule. All times are subject to change.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Interest Group Session I
Interest Group Session II
Interest Group Session III
Opening Reception

Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Mario Monti
The Future of Competition: Linking the Macro with the Micro

Mario Monti, Bocconi University

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Mario Monti has been a member of the European Commission in charge of Competition from 1999 to 2005. In the previous Commission he was in charge of the Single Market, Financial Services and Tax Policy. Mario Monti also served as Rector of Milan's Bocconi University, of which he has been appointed President in 1994. At Bocconi he was a professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Economics. Mario Monti received a degree in Economics at Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University. He taught at the Universities of Trento and Turin before returning to his alma mater. He has also been a member of the board of directors of several companies. He is author of many publications, in particular on monetary and financial economics, fiscal policy and European integration.

In his keynote speech Mario Monti, the former Competition Commissioner of the European Union, will offer his view on the new macro- and micro-level challenges of modern competition: what are the key macro-economic trends for competitive dynamics after the crisis? And how can they be better linked to industries’ evolution and to firm’s competitive advantage? Mario Monti will also discuss the role of modern strategists at both policy and firm levels, and their inter-dependencies, in an effort to stimulate the debate in our profession about the possible linkages between competitive strategy and competition policy.

Plenary Panel: Dynamic Capabilities at the Crossroads: Microfoundations, Macrofoundations and Strategic Change in Diverse Contexts


Constance Helfat, Dartmouth College — Session Chair

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Constance E. Helfat is the J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Constance Helfat’s research focuses on firm capabilities, including capabilities for technological innovation and firm adaptation and change. She also has conducted research on corporate executives, including women executives. Constance Helfat has published widely in leading academic journals, and has written and edited three academic books. She is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management, serves as Co-Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and Associate Editor of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, and is on the editorial board of other academic journals. Constance Helfat received her undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Kathleen Eisenhardt, Stanford University — Panelist

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Kathleen Eisenhardt is the S. W. Ascherman M.D. Professor and Co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University. She is the coauthor of Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World and Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which won the George R. Terry Book Award. Kathleen conducts research at the nexus of strategy and organization theory with particular emphasis on entrepreneurial firms and high velocity markets. Among her awards are the Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize from SMS, and the Scholarly Contribution to Management award from AOM. She is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and Academy of Management, and has served as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum (Davos) and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University and TCU — Panelist

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Michael A. Hitt is a Distinguished Professor and holds the Joe B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership at Texas A&M University. He has authored or co-authored many journal articles published in leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, among others. Mike Hitt is a Founding Editor of the SEJ, a former editor of the Academy of Management Journal, and former president of the Academy of Management. His involvement in the SMS runs deep with recently serving as the President of the SMS. He is a member of the SMS Fellows and is the former Deputy Dean of this organization. He has received awards from the American Society of Competitiveness for Outstanding Academic Contributions (1996) and Outstanding Intellectual Contributions (1999) to Competitiveness.

Will Mitchell, University of Toronto — Panelist

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Will Mitchell is Professor of Business Administration in Strategy and the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He is a faculty associate of Duke’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Health Sector Management Program, and Global Health Initiative. Will Mitchell teaches corporate strategy, business dynamics, and health sector strategy in the MBA, MMS, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs at Duke, as well as in partnership programs in Africa and elsewhere. He studies business dynamics, focusing on how businesses in developed and emerging markets change as the competitive environments change and, in turn, how the business changes contribute to ongoing corporate success or failure. Will Mitchell is a former SMS board member, a member of the SMS Fellows Group, a co-editor of SMJ, an editorial board member of several strategy-related journals in North America, Asia, and Europe, and a board member of Neuland Laboratories, Ltd.

Margaret Peteraf, Dartmouth College — Panelist

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Professor Margaret Peteraf is the Leon E. Williams Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She received a Ph.D. in industrial organization economics from Yale University and has served on the faculties of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern as well as the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses primarily on three topical areas: the resource based view, dynamic capabilities, and strategic groups. She is a Fellow of both the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. She has been active in the governance of both organizations, having been elected to both Boards of Governors and having served as the Division Chair of the Academy’s Business Policy and Strategy Division.

David Teece, University of California-Berkeley — Panelist

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David Teece is the Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business and director of the Center for Global Strategy and Governance at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is also chairman and cofounder of Berkeley Research Group, an expert services and consulting firm. David Teece is an authority on subjects including corporate strategy, innovation, strategic management, economics of technological change, technology transfer, and antitrust economics. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has held positions at Stanford University and Oxford University, and has four honorary doctorates. He has testified before Congress on regulatory and competition policy, is author of over 200 books and articles, and is the editor of Industrial & Corporate Change (Oxford University Press). According to Science Watch, he is the lead author on the most cited article in economics and business worldwide (1995–2005). He is a SMS Fellow.

Sidney Winter, University of Pennsylvania — Panelist

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Sidney G. Winter is the Deloitte and Touche Professor of Management, Emeritus, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During his career he has held regular or visiting appointments at seven universities, served on the staffs of the U.S. General Accounting Office, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, been a consultant for various governmental and non-profit organizations, and appeared as an expert witness in antitrust and other litigation. With Richard Nelson, he co-authored An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change (1982). His recent research focus has been on the study of management problems from the viewpoint of evolutionary economics. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Sidney Winter is a graduate of Swarthmore College, and received his doctorate in economics from Yale University. He is also a member of the SMS Fellows.

“Dynamic capabilities” has attracted an enormous amount of interest and scholarship in the past decade, and has important implications for practitioners. Much of the work has focused on conceptual issues, and researchers have begun to converge on the broad outlines of key attributes of dynamic capabilities. Empirical research on dynamic capabilities also is starting to take off. Much work remains, however. Firstly, the microfoundations of dynamic capabilities in terms of the role of individual managers, including their cognition and actions, remain relatively unexplored. Secondly, with regard to macro-organizational foundations of dynamic capabilities, we have much to learn about how the organizational routines and cognition that underpin dynamic capabilities are related to the microfoundations of these capabilities, and how these factors together facilitate strategic change. Thirdly, we do not yet understand how these factors might affect the nature of dynamic capabilities in different external environments, and how strategic outcomes might differ. This panel will bring together leading scholars of dynamic capabilities to address these challenges for both academic research and practice.

Plenary Session:
Big Physics, Small Particles and Bridging Communities: How Does CERN Connect the Micro and Macro Worlds?


Timo Santalainen, Aalto University — Moderator

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Timo J. Santalainen's career concept is a combination of academia, business and consulting. His previous academic positions include professorships at Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management, Texas Tech University and Management Centre Europe. He has held senior executive positions in retailing, banking and world sports organizations. Currently he is President of STRATNET, a Geneva-based network of strategy advisors, and Adjunct Professor of Strategy and International Management at Aalto University Business School, Lappeenranta University of Technology and Finnish Defence University. His most recent field of interest is strategic management and thinking in transformational and parastatal organizations such as telecommunications, energy, sports, public service and research. He has been a strategy adviser and Board member for many of these organizations throughout the world. Timo Santalainen is Founding Member of Strategic Management Society. He is the author or co-author of ten books, numerous chapters in books and articles in leading international publications.

Sergio Bertolucci, CERN — Panelist

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Sergio Bertolucci serves as Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN. Before his time at CERN, he chaired the LHC committee and was a member of DESY’s physics research committee. He was also vice-president and a member of the Board of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). A former Pisa scholar, Sergio Bertolucci has worked at DESY, Fermilab and Frascati. He was a member of the group that founded Fermilab’s CDF experiment and has been involved in the design, construction and running of the CDF detector. Sergio Bertolucci has been technical coordinator of the team responsible for the design and construction of the KLOE detector at the DAFNE storage ring at the Frascati National Laboratories (LNF). He was appointed head of the LNF accelerator division and the DAFNE project, becoming Director in 2002.

Rome acted as the central stage for the thriller “Angels and Demons” but the trigger for all the excitement and street chases around the Vatican actually originated in Geneva, at CERN, where large physics experiments were producing antimatter. CERN does actually exist and it does design, build and operate large physics research facilities of industrial scale. And yes, it does produce antimatter, albeit in tiny quantities. CERN is looking for experimental evidence for theories some of which suggest the existence of worlds beyond ours with extra dimensions and other peculiar properties. But how do they connect? Where does the micro world of the infinitely small meet the macro world of our daily environment and the visible cosmos? How can the theories of the quantum and the cosmos be so different but yet describe the same things? On the individual or organizational level, how do such large scientific collaborations work, given that there is no centralized learning logic? What is then the “business model”, if any? Is there a strategy? Is there leadership? Given the complexity of the devices with millions of components, where do (technological) architectures come from? This plenary talk which involves the Director of CERN research and a scholarly discussant will highlight, in simple and illustrative words, the crossroads that particle physics has reached and how it is attempting to make sense of our micro and macro worlds. The organizational design and human dimensions related to such large scientific endeavors are described, connecting the role of individual scientists in such global projects. The innovation process resolving encountered technological challenges while constructing the research instruments is explained. Interactions with and imposed boundary conditions by stakeholder governments are outlined, both in terms of financial and scientific aspects. The purpose of the talk is to inspire management scholars to think of research in the new competitive landscape.

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