STR Executive Committee Candidates

Asli M. Arikan is an assistant professor of Strategic Management at Kent State University. Asli’s research primarily focuses on the corporate strategy of firms from various theoretical perspectives and contexts such as the survival and growth of newly IPOed firms, technological investment decisions, and the relationship between intangible assets and firm performance. She is also interested in exploring the role of governments and markets in the emergence and valuation of new types of capital in an economy. Her work appeared or is accepted in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business, and the Journal of Finance. She is a recipient of several research awards, including the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Booz-Allen Hamilton Paper Prize and Robert Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award. She is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of Strategic Management Journal and Academy of Management Review, after completing a 3-year term for the Journal of Management. Asli Arikan has been active in the Corporate Strategy and Competitive Strategy Interest Groups as well as the Research Methods Community of the SMS as an elected representative-at-large for several terms. Currently, she is the elected Associate Program Chair for the Research Methods Community of SMS. She also served on the Research Committee of the (then) BPS division and received her Ph.D. with concentrations in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance from Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University.


Guoli Chen is an Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. Guoli’s research focuses on the influence of top executives, and boards of directors on strategic choices and organizational outcomes, as well as the dynamics in CEO-board relationships and corporate governance. He is also interested in organizational growth, renewal, sustainability, and corporate development activities, such as M&As, IPOs and innovation. His work has been published in top academic journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science among others. Guoli is the Program Chair for the Corporate Strategy division of Strategic Management Society, and serves as a member of research committee for the Academy of Management’s STR division. He also served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Strategic Management Journal. Guoli published several cases on Chinese companies, such as “Huawei’s smartphone business”, “Uber vs. Didi: The race for China’s Ride-hailing Market”. He has won the Strategic Management Society Emerging Scholar Award in 2016. Guoli received his Ph.D. in strategic management from the Pennsylvania State University.



Raffaele Conti is Associate Professor of Strategy at Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. He earned his PhD in management from Bocconi University and his MSc in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University. His research examines the relationship between institutions and strategic management, examining in particular how the institutional environment influences both the creation and the appropriation of value deriving from new business opportunities. Raffaele’s research was published in the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, the Journal of Business Venturing and the Academy of Management Annals. He was the recipient of the Best PhD Paper Award from Strategic Management Society, and of the Best Entrepreneurship Paper from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management (AOM). Raffaele was also finalist for the Emerging Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the AOM, for the Best Paper Award from the same division, and for the ISPIM-Wiley Dissertation Award. Raffaele has been a member of the Research Committee of the Strategic Management Division of the AOM, and currently serves on the editorial review board of the Strategic Management Journal.


Felipe Csaszar is an associate professor of strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His research focuses on how managers’ mental representations and firms’ decision-making structures affect firm-level outcomes such as innovation, speed, and profits. More broadly, he is interested in combining formal modeling and empirical approaches to understand how firms can make better strategic decisions.

His work has been published in top academic journals including Management Science, Organization Science, Strategy Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. Felipe sits in the editorial board of Academy of Management Review and Strategy Science and serves as associate editor for Organization Science.

Before joining the Ross School of Business, he was assistant professor of strategy at INSEAD. He received his PhD in strategy from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he was head of research of an asset management firm and CEO of an Internet startup.



Marco Giarratana is Professor of Strategy at IE Business School, and since 2017 the actual Chair of the Strategy Department.

His main research interests focus on the role of diversification, product strategies, IPRs, and performance. His second stream of research is related to strategies for social business hybrids; he is studying new strategic business models that could help firms with a strong social connotation to thrive and survive.

His work has been published in journals like Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Management Science, among others.

Professor Giarratana holds a PhD in Economics and Management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. He was assistant and associate professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2003-2010), and associate and full professor at Bocconi University in Milan (2011-2016).


Ha Hoang is Professor of Management and co-chair of the Management Department at ESSEC Business School. Her teaching and research focuses on strategic alliances, competitive and cooperative dynamics, founder role identity development, and employee entrepreneurship. Her work has been published in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Organization. She is a senior editor at Organization Studies and is an editorial review board member at Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She served as co-chair of the Strategic Management Society International Conference in 2018.  She was the Rudolf and Valeria Maag Fellow in Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, Lewis-Progressive Assistant Professor of Management at Case University, and won the Sage-Louis Pondy Award for Best Paper based on a Dissertation from the Academy of Management. She holds a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.



John Joseph is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. John received his Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  John’s research examines organizational designs for better strategic planning, technology development, and growth. John’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Long Range Planning, Advances in Strategic Management, and other peer-reviewed publications. In 2017, he received the prestigious Ralph Gomory Best Industry Studies Paper Award for “Entry Timing and Innovation Strategy in Feature Phones” published in Strategic Management Journal.  John is a member of the Academy of Management and is a representative-at-large of the behavioral strategy interest groups of the Strategic Management Society. He is co-editor for the Journal of Organizational Design, and serves as an editorial board member of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Management Journal.  He recently published a co-edited volume of Advances in Strategic Management on Organization Design.


Jiao Luo is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Her research interests lie at the intersection of non-market strategy and organization theory. She examines when and how firms participate in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, and the social impact of these activities. Jiao’s research has been published at the Strategic Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly and has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Academy of Management Meeting STR Distinguished Paper Award, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize (Honorable Mention), Alliance of Research in Corporate Sustainability Outstanding Paper Award, and Responsible Research in Management Award (Finalist). Jiao sits on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review and Strategic Management Journal, and was a co-editor for the 2018 Advances in Strategic Management volume on “Sustainability, Corporate Governance and CSR.” Jiao has previously served the division as a co-organizer for STR dissertation consortium in 2017 and 2018, as well as a member of the research committee. Jiao received a Ph.D. in Management at Columbia Business School. Prior to that, she received a B.S. in Economics from Renmin University of China, and a joint M.P.A. in Public and Economic Policy from London School of Economics and Columbia University.


Ram Ranganathan is an Assistant Professor in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin. His research focuses on institutional factors influencing firm strategy during technological change, including pressures from Wall Street analysts and investors, and the challenges of coordinating shared platform technologies in ecosystems. Ram’s work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science, where he also serves on the Editorial Board. He is a recipient of the Academy of Management’s TIM Division Emerging Scholar Award, the Stephen M. Schrader Best Paper Award, the Strategic Management Society’s Best PhD student paper award and was a finalist for the Best Dissertation award in the BPS and TIM Divisions. Ram has been a co-organizer of the STR Dissertation Consortium and the BPS Managing your Dissertation Workshop, has served on the BPS Research Committee and the TIM Best Paper Awards committee, and is currently a Representative-at-Large for SMS’ Cooperative Strategy and Competitive Strategy IGs. He holds a PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to academia, Ram worked a management consultant with Deloitte in Southern California, and as a software engineer with Siemens Public Communication Networks.


Metin Sengul is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.  Metin’s research bridges competitive and corporate strategy by exploring the interdependence of organization design and strategy choices.  Much of his work focuses on strategic decisions by managers of multiunit-multimarket firms, such as diversified firms, business groups, and multinationals, and social enterprises.  His research has been published or forthcoming in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, and has received numerous scholarly distinctions.  He is currently a co-editor for the Journal of Organization Design and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Global Strategy Journal, and Organization Science.  Metin received his PhD in management from INSEAD. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a consultant in the healthcare industry and also co-founded an advertisement agency, wherein he served as a managing-partner.


Yuliya Snihur is an Associate Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the Toulouse Business School, France. Yuliya teaches and studies strategy-formation processes in new ventures and the evolution of strategic management in existing firms based on the analysis of firms’ business models. She is researching the role of time and language in strategy-making by applying theories of organizational imprinting, complexity, and cognitive framing. To this end, she uses hand-collected interview data, fieldwork, and longitudinal datasets to build theory. Yuliya has published in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Yuliya was the finalist for the 2018 Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division’s Best Entrepreneurship Paper Award and has received the 2014 Heizer Dissertation Award by the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship division. She serves as Associate Editor at Long Range Planning. Yuliya received her PhD in management from the IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), prior to which she worked in corporate finance.    


Elena Vidal is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Baruch College, City University of New York. She completed her Ph.D. in Strategy from Duke University, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. Her research sheds light on organizational change via reconfiguration of resources, particularly looking at the antecedents and consequences of divestitures. Elena’s research has been published in journals like Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal, where she serves on the editorial review board. Elena has been an active member of the Strategic Management Society, where she was a Representative-at-Large for the Competitive Strategy Interest Group, as well as the STR Division of the Academy of Management where she has served as a member of the Research Committee since 2018. 

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