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

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Interest Group Session I
Lunch
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

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“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?

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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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