STR Assistant Program Chair Candidates

Michael Leiblein (PhD, Purdue)is an Associate Professor with expertise in competitive strategy and innovation management.

Michael’s research explores the causes and consequences of resource allocation and organizational design choices. He has published over a dozen articles in FT 50 journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategy Science and had his work disseminated into practice through prominent periodicals including the Financial Times. His dissertation was a finalist for the BPS Free Press Doctoral Dissertation award and his subsequent research has received honors and recognitions from the STR (BPS), TIM, and OM divisions of the Academy of Management as well as the Academy of International Business (AIB), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Michael’s service to the field has been consistent and significant. He is the founding co-editor of the Strategic Management Review (2020 launch) and currently serves on the editorial and review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategy Science. He has received the development reviewer of the year award from the Academy of Management Review and several outstanding editorial board member awards from the Strategic Management Journal. He is co-chair of the Strategic Research Foundation where he oversees the disbursement of research grants through three SMS funding programs. He has served as an advisory panelist for the National Science Foundation, as a guest editor for a special issue at Strategy Science that addressed “What makes a decision strategic?”, and as an associate editor for the Journal of Management. He has also served as Chair of the Competitive Strategy Interest Group at SMS and on the executive committee and research committee for the STR / BPS division of the Academy of Management.

Vision Statement

I am honored to be nominated and grateful for the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Program Chair for the STR division.

If elected, I will continue many of the important programs that have led to our division’s prior accomplishments and strive to institute additional programs to ensure our future success. In particular, I will continue to support rigorous and relevant research and teaching activities from multiple theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches through PDWs and co-sponsored sessions. I will seek to expand programs to welcome new members and fully engage our global community of scholars through mentorship programs and directed welcoming sessions. I will aim to initiate crowdsourcing efforts to identify new needs and programming formats including interactive online formats. I will aim to expand our efforts to support teaching through PDW’s that focus on particular strategy topics, course modules, or pedagogical tools.

I believe that ensuring the future success of our division requires that we take steps to address important changes in higher education and the field of Strategic Management. In my opinion, we should consider: (1) creating plenary sessions and other forums to discuss the apparent disconnect between the research topics debated in our journals and the content featured in our textbooks; (2) creating plenary and panel sessions to identify opportunities to better integrate research across thematic tracks within our division and between our division and other divisions; (3) sponsoring programs and webinars to help faculty more effectively generate and manage external research funds (e.g., through interactions with NSF) or engage with practice (e.g., through involvement with organizations such as the YPO/WPO).

In sum, I believe the role of our division leadership is to facilitate conversations that identify challenges and opportunities facing our field and to direct resources to collectively advance our research, teaching, and outreach activities.



Libby Weber is an Associate Professor in the Strategy Area in the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategy from the University of Southern California. In her research, she integrates psychology into transaction cost economics to examine the influences of cognitive factors (e.g. perceptions, frames, expectations, attributions and biases) on interfirm and intrafirm exchanges, as well as organizational design. She has published her research in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, as well as the Academy of Management Proceedings. She also won a BPS (now STR) Division Distinguished Paper Award in 2014 and was a finalist for the Strategic Management Society Conference Best Paper Award in 2016. Libby serves on the editorial board at the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review. She was also an elected Representative-at-Large for the Corporate Strategy interest group in the Strategic Management Society and previously served on the BPS Executive Committee in the Academy of Management. During her tenure on the executive committee, Libby developed and instituted the Ambassador’s Program, creating a more visible role for PhD students in the division, co-developed the first STR community-building social event at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta (with Giada Di Stefano), and enhanced division awareness through swag creation and distribution. Following the end of her term, Libby was asked by STR officers to informally reprise this role by managing the executive committee members in charge of membership outreach and helping STR create a permanent membership outreach chair position on the executive committee and a membership outreach committee to further engage new and current members, as well as enhance STR’s inclusivity and community.

Vision Statement

I feel incredibly honored to be nominated to run for assistant program chair of the STR division. This division has been my home at the Academy of Management since I entered my PhD program and has played such a significant role in my development as a scholar. As such, I am excited at the prospect to be able to give back to this division in this role by further enhancing the experience for current and future STR members. The STR division has always been dedicated to the development of PhD students and the support of junior and senior scholars through its expansive offerings of PDWs and consortia. It has also been a place to share research and get insightful feedback on your ideas through paper sessions and symposia. In addition, STR has been a source of great support and understanding, as fellow STR members often share the triumphs and frustration of crafting high quality theory, using novel methods, and trying to convince Reviewer 2 that their paper is worthy of publication. STR has also offered resources for developing courses and introducing novel approaches to teaching through PDWs and online resources. As such, this division already provides significant scholarly, career and teaching support to its members.

So where should STR go from here? Building on this solid foundation, as well as our recent name change and updated Division Statement, I believe that STR is poised to move to the next level in best serving its members. First, STR can benefit significantly by expanding our community-building efforts. As a former executive committee member, I worked with past program chairs to establish the membership outreach program designed to increase participation of scholars from diverse subject areas, geographies and institutions in our division. However, these initial efforts were largely limited to the annual conference and primarily focused on engaging PhD students. While this is a wonderful first step, I believe that we need to keep expanding both our social and academic events to allow for greater community-building both within and outside of the annual meeting. Second, although our social media platform has significantly expanded, there is much more that we can do with these digital tools to provide members with cutting edge teaching, research and career support. These efforts do not have to be limited solely to when we converge for our annual meetings. Finally, I believe that we should open up new opportunities for participation from our diverse membership. As our updated division statement reflects, STR has a membership with diverse interests that hail from various geographic locations and institutions. This diversity fuels novel ideas that can benefit our division. By mobilizing this membership to participate in our division by creating various roles that are accessible to scholars of all levels, STR will be able to benefit from these novel ideas, leading to even more innovation and success in our future.

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