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

STR Distinguished Scholar Award

Introduced in 2018, the STR Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes the most outstanding and distinguished career contributors to strategic management scholarship. The recipient of the award is a scholar:

  • whose body of research has contributed substantial knowledge to the field of strategic management,
  • whose intellectual contributions have been central to the development of the field,
  • who has personally contributed significantly to thought leadership of the field.

The inaugural STR Distinguished Scholar Award goes to
Michael E. Porter.

Michael Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard University and Harvard Business School.  Following a BSE with high honors in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Princeton University, an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in business economics from Harvard University, he has spent his career at Harvard Business School. In addition to a tremendously influence body of academic research, he has co-founded the consulting firm The Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte) and FSG, a social impact consultancy, plus three non-profit organizations (the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement) and large academic endeavors such as the Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness and the Cluster Mapping Project. The STR Awards Committee (see the end of this Newsletter) recognized Michael Porter’s extraordinary intellectual achievements and contributions to the field of strategic management. He has (co)authored 19 books alongside over 125 academic and practitioner articles. Starting with “Competitive Strategy” (1980), he contributed a disciplined analytical foundation to strategy scholarship, and then developed the implications of his work on industry structure, the value chain, and strategic positioning for a variety of enterprise forms and levels of analysis – such as diversified corporations, multinational firms, strategic alliances, industrial clusters and agglomerations, and national socio-economic systems. In addition to his groundbreaking contributions to the strategic analysis of industry competition and the competitive and corporate advantage of firms, he has tackled some of the most salient “grand challenges” of our times, such as national economic development and sustained industrial competitiveness, environmental policy, socially responsible business models and corporate philanthropy, the value and costing of health care, and the transformative power of information technology. Furthermore, his extraordinary contributions to the spread of strategy as an academic discipline and as practice have included the development of highly influential course material and cases; an unprecedented seven McKinsey Awards for the best Harvard Business Review article of the year; consulting to major corporations; and advising governments and non-profit / non-governmental organizations and participating in leading global forums where strategic management thus addresses major issues of our time.

STR congratulates Professor Michael Porter on his selection as the first-ever recipient of this award! Please join us at a dedicated session on Saturday (6:30pm – 8:30pm, Fairmont International Ballroom), featuring an extended presentation by Michael Porter and a reception afterwards. 

Best wishes,
Xavier Martin
STR Division Chair-elect

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

The STR 2017 Fall Newsletter is now available!

Dear STR Community,

We are glad to announce the STR 2017 Fall Newsletter is now available online, with a new “STR-inspired” design! This Newsletter edition features several important news and updates that explain and discuss the recent changes in our division.

Notable material in this Newsletter includes the following:

  • Greetings from the STR Division Chair 
  • 2017 Division Paper Award Winners
  • STR Call for Reviewers
  • New STR Communications Tools
  • New STR Teaching Resources
  • STR Consortia and Workshop News and Previews
  • Message from 2018 STR Division Program Chair
  • PDWs – Call for Proposals
  • Calls for STR Awards Nominations
  • STR Leadership – Calls for Nominations
  • AOM Specialized Conference (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Announcements
  • News from the STR Global Representatives
  • STR Division Leadership

We hope you will find the newsletter useful.

Paolo Aversa
STR Division Communications Director

AOM Specialized Conference: “Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy”

Dear division members,

We are glad to bring to your attention the AOM Specialized Conference Initiative: a multi-year experiment that aims to develop a portfolio of smaller, meaningful and sustainable new meeting opportunities that complement our large Annual Meeting. Several new conference models that will allow members to connect and engage throughout the year, virtually and in varied locations that are reflective of the geographic dispersion of our international membership, are envisioned as part of this initiative. In addition to these models, new ideas that reflect the creative energy of our membership are expected to emerge. The plan for realizing this vision for AOM conference activity is designed to continuously evolve as we experiment with new program structures, delivery modes, content features, and conference designs.

The next Specialized Conference will be dedicated to “Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy” – hosted at the University of Surrey, UK on April 18-20, 2018 (submission deadline October 3, 2017). The Conference is in collaboration with the STR Division (among others.)

For more information visit our page AOM Meetings or the Conference website.

We look forward to meeting you in Surrey!


Paolo Aversa
Associate Professor of Strategy
Cass Business School

STR Division Communications Director

BPS becomes STR!

Dear division members,

We are happy and excited to announce that on Monday August 7th our Division Chair Brian Silverman has officially announced the change of our Division name from Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) to Strategic Management (STR). This decision was supported by a division-wide survey where the great majority of our members chose the new name over two other options (“Strategy” or just the original name). Although we were all attached to the original Division name and to a certain extent we are sad to see it “retire”, we believe Strategic Management better embraces what our Division represents today and  in the future. Most importantly, we are proud to foster a decision that was collectively supported by the great majority of our community members.

Name % of first-ranked votes Overall ranking
Strategic Management 52% 2.38
Strategy 27% 1.92
Business Policy and Strategy 22% 1.72

As you probably noticed, the division has also adopted a new logo that represents a modern reinterpretation of the original one, and thus offers a graphical bridge between past and future. The STR Division official colors remain  burgundy, grey and black/white.

Please remind that from now on, official AOM communications and conference-related texts will report the new division name and acronym instead of the original one.

On behalf of our Division officers and Executive members we are therefore happy to welcome you to the Strategic Management – STR Division: (still) “the Best Place for Strategy!”



Paolo Aversa
Associate Professor of Strategy
Cass Business School

STR Division Communications Director

Join BPS for our Award events in Atlanta!

Dear BPS Community,

The BPS Division would like to highlight a few of our award events at AOM:

Please join us to honor Glenn Carroll, the winner of the 2017 BPS Irwin Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in PhD Mentoring, Sunday August 6, 6-8 p.m. in the Atlanta Hyatt Centennial Ballroom II.

The six finalists for the BPS Wiley Blackwell Dissertation Award will present their dissertation research Monday August 8, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom V.
We will have our annual award ceremony as part of the BPS Business Meeting Monday evening, 6:30-7:30 in the Hyatt Centennial Ballroom II.
Join us to recognize the winners of the BPS best paper awards and the finalists and winner of the Wiley Blackwell Dissertation Award.  We will also honor Duane Ireland, winner of the first BPS Distinguished Service Award and Zeke Hernandez, winner of the first BPS Emerging Scholar award.


Safe travels to Atlanta, see you there!

Mary Benner

Associate Professor
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

BPS Division Chair – Elect