Preview of the Newsletter Announcements

Dear Members,

due to a delay in publishing this year’s Newsletter (which is outside our scope), we are here providing a “preview” of the contents we will display in our Fall 2018 Newsletter.

Thanks for your understanding.


Paolo Aversa
Associate Professor of Strategy
Cass Business School
STR Division Communications Director

Links to the Announcements

Thank you for your participation in AOM 2018!

Dear STR members,

Thank you for your participation in the Academy meeting in Chicago! The STR Division had terrific professional development workshops, many great symposia and paper sessions, and a thought-provoking plenary session where leading scholars in the field discussed the balance between the important but messy questions we study in strategy research and the improvements in methods that give us better answers. 

We celebrated our outstanding papers and dissertations, and Sharon Oster as our Irwin Award winner.  We said goodbye to Brian Silverman as Past Chair and welcomed Heather Berry as incoming Assistant Program Chair, as well as several new members of the executive committee, research committee, teaching committee, awards committee, and global representatives committee.  We also had a great response to our two off-site events (an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River and a visit to the Chicago Institute of Arts).  We are grateful to the engaged group of STR Ambassadors guiding division members to activities and handing out STR stickers and sunglasses.

Thank you for your contributions to the annual meeting and other STR Division activities!
See you in Boston in 2019!

Mary Benner
University of Minnesota
STR Division Chair


Highlights from the AOM2018 STR Division Program

Dear STR members,

As you prepare for the Chicago conference, the online program will give you access to the 27 PDWs (plus 41 co-sponsored PDWs), 100 paper and discussion paper sessions, and 73 symposia of the STR division. Here is a reminder and update of some of the plenary events for our division.

Due to circumstances outside the control of all involved, the Distinguished Scholar session in honor of Michael Porter, initially scheduled for Saturday evening, has been cancelled. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the best of our field! These include:

Finally, look for a separate announcement about two offsite events that the STR Division is organizing for its members on Sunday Aug 12. Hint: They will feature the best of Chicago’s art and architecture!

We look forward to seeing you at these and other division events in Chicago!

The STR Division Officers

Join the STR Division in Chicago at two exciting offsite events!

Dear STR Members,

The STR (Strategic Management) Division is glad to announce two exciting off-site events at the 2018 AOM Annual Meeting!

Because last year’s off-site event received such a positive response, this year we are sponsoring two off-site events on Sunday August 12 in Chicago, to give our members the opportunity to enjoy Chicago and interact outside the official conference venues. Both events are a short walk (15 minutes) from the conference hotels, and STR Ambassadors will guide you there!

The STR division is providing tickets at a deeply discounted price. Members who are interested in participating will be charged a special group rate. If you are interested in joining, you need to reserve your slot and pay in advance. Please see the details below regarding how to sign up for each event.

Make sure to book your ticket soon as places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mary Benner
Division Chair

Evan Rawley
Executive Committee Member

Libby Weber
Executive Committee Member

A Visit to The Art Institute in Chicago

When: Sunday August 12th, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.
Cost: discounted tickets at $15 per person.
Availability: 40 tickets at discounted price – first come first served.

How to sign up and reserve your ticket: click here.

A Chicago architectural boat tour

When: Sunday August 12, at 3:15 p.m.
Where: The Ogden Slip at McClurg Court, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago, IL 60611.
Cost: discounted tickets at $23 per person.
Availability: 55 tickets at the discounted price – first come first served.

How to sign up and reserve your ticket: click here.

2018 Irwin Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in MBA/Executive Education

The 2018 Irwin Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in MBA/Executive Education goes to Sharon Oster!

The Irwin Outstanding Educator Award recognizes an MBA/executive educator who has demonstrated outstanding teaching ability, an important impact on teaching pedagogy, and deep passion about the subject of strategic management and about the intellectual development of students. The Awards Committee (see the end of this Newsletter) was impressed by Sharon Oster’s outstanding range of contributions to strategic management education.

Sharon Oster is the Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management. She has been at Yale University since graduating with a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. From 2008 to 2011, she served as Dean of the Yale School of Management.

She is author of five textbooks including the highly influential Modern Competitive Analysis (in its third edition) and Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations, plus 19 cases including three of the 40 most influential Yale Management School cases as of 2017. She has made lasting contributions by designing and redeveloping influential core courses ranging from microeconomics to strategic management; by developing a pioneering course and program in non-profit management, which distinguishes the Yale School of Management as part of its mission to “Educate leaders for Business and Society”; and by shaping a ground-breaking MBA curriculum featuring integrated, cross-disciplinary courses.

Sharon Oster’s teaching style is renowned for a mix of demanding preparation and in-class rigor, engagement and insightful story telling. Her teaching has been recognized by Yale School of Management Awards for Excellence in Teaching and she was featured on Poets and Quants’ World’s Best B-School Professors and listed among the 20 most influential business professors. When she assumed the position as dean of the Yale School of Management in 2008, her appointment inspired an anonymous $1 million donation to Yale College to support education, creating the Sharon Oster Resource Fund to promote efforts to unite students with faculty.

Her consistent and comprehensive mentoring of female colleagues, especially junior ones, is widely recognized. For her exemplary career and role in the recruiting and fostering of female colleagues, she received the 2011 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association. As her former student and teaching assistant Patricia Johnson describes it, Sharon Oster’s mentoring has been instrumental in “shaping the culture of Yale SOM as a place of great learning and a community that has supported and shaped my life.”

It is with great pride that the STR Division congratulates Professor Sharon Oster on her selection as the 2018 Irwin Outstanding Educator. We hope to see you at the award session on Sunday evening (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Swissôtel Chicago) to celebrate Sharon Oster’s achievements! 

Best wishes,
Xavier Martin
STR Division Chair-elect

Call for PhD students to serve as official STR Ambassadors at AOM 2018 – Chicago

The STR (Strategic Management) Division (formerly BPS) is looking for STR Ambassadors for the 2018 AOM Annual Meeting!

Are you a Ph.D. student? Would you like to get involved with the STR Division? Are you interested in meeting as many scholars as possible during the annual meeting? If yes, then we would be happy to make you an STR Ambassador!

As a STR Ambassador, you are expected to represent the division at the conference venues, distribute promotional materials at some events during the conference, help answer general questions about the division, and provide support to other members (don’t worry, we will provide you with answers to frequently asked questions).

If you are interested in helping us out, please send an email expressing your interest to Executive Committee Member Elena Novelli at Places are limited, so hurry up! 

We look forward to having you on board.

Thank you and see you in Chicago!
Best regards,

Mary Benner
University of Minnesota
STR Division Chair

Call for Nominations: Divison & Interest Group Officers

The Academy’s Divisions and Interest Groups (DIGs) are now seeking nominations for a variety of elected volunteer roles, including STR division. Your help is needed in this important effort to identify future leaders for the Academy!

Nominating is simple: please visit and follow the onscreen instructions to log-in to your Academy profile. Once you log-in, you may select ‘Nominate Now’ for each of the DIGs in which you hold current membership.

If you know a colleague with great leadership skills who you would recommend, please submit his or her name today. Or, if you are you interested in serving your DIG personally, self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!

Volunteer roles and needs differ from division to division, so please examine each DIG’s list of available roles carefully and read the position descriptions provided to help guide your selection of nominees. In addition, each DIG’s respective Nominations Committee may send follow-up communications and special instructions relevant to their specific needs.

Most DIGs will continue to accept nominees until February 28, so please submit your nominations before that deadline. On behalf of all Divisions and Interest Groups, thank you for your participation in this important process!

Thank you,

Paolo Aversa
Associate Professor of Strategy
Cass Business School

STR Division Communications Director

Calls for STR 2018 Awards

Dear STR Community,

Please find below the calls for three awards that the Strategic Management Division will give out in 2018. The first is a new and exciting award, for STR Distinguished Scholar – recognizing the highest level of scholarly accomplishment in our field. The second is for the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award, which this year will be given for contributions to MBA and executive education. Please contribute nominations for these prestigious awards!

Last but not least, the STR division will recognize one winner and up to five other finalists for the STR Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award. If you completed or will complete a dissertation in strategic management between February 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018, please submit an abstract and summary!

Please click the following links to read more about the descriptions, criteria, and nomination process for each of the awards:

To nominate someone for the Distinguished Scholar or the Irwin Outstanding Educator awards, send an email to Xavier Martin, STR Division Chair Elect. Include a brief note explaining your reasons for nomination and either attach the nominee’s CV or include a URL link. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations will be accepted until January 15, 2018.

For the STR Outstanding Dissertation Award, recent graduates should follow the detailed guidelines and instructions on the above link. Nominations will be accepted until February 2, 2018.

The winners for all awards will be selected by a STR awards committee.

I look forward to receiving your nominations of deserving colleagues!

Best wishes,
Xavier Martin
STR Division Chair-elect

We need your help – Sign up to review for STR at AOM 2018

Calling all STR (formerly BPS) members!

We have 500 reviewers but need 1200!!!

STR is the second largest division at Academy and we get thousands of submissions. Last year we had 1200 reviewers participate in shaping our program. As of now, we only have 500 people signed up to review. Note that even if you cannot attend Academy, you can review.  Also, if you reviewed in the past for BPS (thank you!) you still need to sign up again for 2018. We use keywords to match papers to your interests, and assign 2 to 3 papers to each reviewer. The review period will be from January 17 to February 15, 2018. Best reviewers are recognized at the annual conference

Please take a moment now to sign up and commit to being a reviewer and making our 2018 STR program fabulous! Signing up to review is quick and easy:

Please go to and “Sign In”; and then be sure to choose STR as your Division!

Thank you in advance for your generous service and I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


Samina Karim
Northeastern University
STR Program Chair

STR new domain statement

Dear STR Community,

I am delighted to report that the new Strategic Management (STR) Division domain statement has been approved.  95% of voters were in favor of the revised statement. Thank you for your participation in the voting. We believe the new domain statement more accurately captures the breadth of the interests and activities of our division members.

This year we also officially changed the name of the division from Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) to Strategic Management (STR). Although we are all a little sad to see our beloved BPS disappear, the great majority of our members believed that a change was needed and that the Strategic Management name better describes what our division represents.

I’m excited about our new name and domain statement, and I am proud to be involved in important changes that have the overwhelming support of our division members.

Please also keep checking out our new division website where we will keep you updated on division news and activities!

Best regards,

Mary Benner
University of Minnesota
STR Division Chair