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