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 novelli@city.ac.uk. 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