Message from the STR Program Chair

Greetings! The 2019 AOM Annual Meeting is August 9-13 in Boston, MA USA. We have nearly finalized the STR conference program, and I am confident that you will find it exciting and interesting. Please note that STR sessions, meetings, and socials will all be in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel so consider booking your accommodations there for easy access to all of our events. Below is a table of key STR events not to be missed!

Sunday STR Irwin Outstanding Educator Award Reception in Honor of David Mowery 6:00pm – 8:00pm Boston Park Plaza: Statler
Monday STR Plenary: “The Next 50 Years of STR Scholarship: Looking Back to See Forward” (with Jay Barney, Don Hambrick, and Anita McGahan) 11:30am – 1:00pm Boston Park Plaza
Monday STR Best Dissertation Finalists’ Presentations 3:00pm – 4:30pm Boston Park Plaza: Grand Ballroom B
Monday STR Business Meeting (celebrate paper and reviewer awards) 6:30pm – 7:30pm Boston Park Plaza: Grand Ballroom AB
Monday STR Social (catch up with old friends and network with new colleagues) 7:30pm – 9:00pm Boston Park Plaza: Grand Ballroom AB

We have many excellent symposia and paper sessions for our conference in what is shaping up to be a great program. The STR division received 825 papers and 97 symposium submissions (a 2% increase from 2018) from authors representing 41 different countries (down from 51 last year), reflecting the global nature of our STR community.

50 percent of all paper submissions were accepted as either divisional (372) or discussion (36)  papers, consistent with the Academy of Management (AOM) target acceptance rate. Obviously, this means that many fine papers were left off the program.  So that we can accommodate as many papers as possible, we do not use discussants in the sessions.  This structure allows each of the sessions to have four papers presented. Therefore, as in the past few years, we ask Session Chairs to serve as moderators and take an active role in guiding discussions during Q&A.

We accepted 79 symposia (80% acceptance rate), of which 75 are jointly sponsored with other divisions. Accepting so many symposia requires close collaboration with Program Chairs of other divisions (especially TIM, OMT and ENT) to find co-sponsoring divisions. Nearly half of these jointly sponsored symposia will be scheduled by our division and will be in the Boston Park Plaza.

It requires a team effort to process the 922 conference submissions and 3065 reviews in a condensed time frame. A fundamental part of this process are the 1,320 reviewers from 60 different countries that registered to assist with this important work. We are deeply grateful to all of the new and continuing reviewers who gave their time and offered developmental and high-quality reviews, undertaking significant effort to serve our division in this important way. As a result of this collective effort, the vast majority of submissions received three reviews.

There are many other people to thank for their help on the program this year. Jenna Rodrigues, my doctoral student from University of Connecticut, served as Program Chair Assistant this year and did a fantastic job helping in a sundry of important tasks. Emily Cox Pahnke and Vikas Aggarwal served as Associate Editors, helping with accept/reject decisions, recruiting Track Chairs, and Dexter/Newman Award nominations. Eight scholars served as Division Track Chairs, helping to organize papers into cohesive sessions: Andrew Boysen (Corporate and International Strategy Track); Joon Mahn Lee (Strategic Leadership and Governance Track); Christiane Bode (Stakeholder Strategy Track); Dan Olson (Competitive Strategy Track); Douglas Hannah (Innovation Strategy and Industry Dynamics Track); Daniel Armanios (Cooperative Strategy Track); Beverly Tyler (Behavioral Strategy, Process, and Change Track); and Vera Rocha (Strategic Entrepreneurship Track). Thanks also to the AOM Staff, especially Gabe Bramson and Jel Erica Hampson, for all of their assistance during the past year. Finally, warm thanks to the other STR officers –Mary Benner, Xavier Martin, and Heather Berry, with particular thanks to Samina for enthusiastically fielding my many inquiries. 

So, what do we have to look forward to in Boston in August, 2019? Some highlights below:

Conference Track Information

The STR program is organized within tracks, to create opportunities for attendees to interact across related sessions, foster the development of research communities, and minimize time conflicts across sessions. For these reasons, we try to schedule track sessions within a particular room on Monday and Tuesday. The tracks and chairs for 2019 are noted above. Once the program schedule is finalized, we will also publish the conference tracks on the STR listserv and the STR webpage ( These quick guides will help you search for sessions on a common theme within the larger conference program.

Plenary Session

The STR Plenary Session is scheduled on Monday from 11:30am-1pm (in Boston Park Plaza).  The idea behind the plenary session format is to give division members the possibility (with very few other divisional sessions scheduled in parallel) to gather and discuss an important theme. This year, STR features an exciting plenary session entitled “The Last 50 Years of STR Scholarship: Looking Back to See Forward.” The panel, will be moderated by Xavier Martin (Division Chair), and is composed of an extraordinary group of scholars having particular insight on this theme: Jay Barney, Donald Hambrick, and Anita McGahan.

Business Meeting & Social

We will recognize various conference best paper awards at our Monday (6:30-7:30 pm) STR Business Meeting. Recognition will also be given to outstanding reviewers (providing especially detailed, constructive, and timely feedback to authors) for the 2019 program. The social follows immediately afterward (7:30-9:00 pm).

Post slides

Finally, please note that AOM is inviting authors of accepted papers to post their slides to the online program. Authors will also have their full-length papers automatically posted (they can opt out of this choice if they wish). Materials posted will only be available to conference registrants during a given timeframe (likely May-September).

What an experience this has been for me to organize the program for STR! It has been humbling and gratifying to work with so many committed individuals. Having seen so many written words of authors and referees, I look forward to seeing presented in Boston the outstanding research of our members. I am counting on many constructive comments of engaged scholars. I eagerly anticipate meeting the faces that match the names.  I welcome the opportunity to thank all the contributors. Finally, I trust you will find AOM Boston 2019 as valuable and interesting as I do. See you in August!

Timothy B Folta
University of Connecticut
STR Division Program Chair

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