Mary-Anne Williams Mary-Anne at TheMagicLab.org
Mon Apr 25 23:52:15 EST 2011


*Program Co-Chairs:* Russell Coff (University of Wisconsin-Madison),
Andreas Raharso (Hay Group) and  Gabriel Szulanski (INSEAD Singapore)

The Strategic Management Society (SMS) is pleased to announce a special
conference in Singapore. The event will serve as a congregation point for
leading researchers, business practitioners and entrepreneurs, as well as
consultants all specializing in innovation.

The world of business has become more interconnected with multiple cross
border sharing of resources and capabilities, knowledge and skills. The
information and technological revolutions have further emphasized innovation
as a critical element in sustaining corporate and economic growth. With the
growing importance of emerging, non-Western economies in the global economy,
the need to search for innovation and innovative strategies becomes
paramount. The time has passed for conventional strategies, based on
efficiency models or ‘benchmarking’ best practices in competition or
well-run companies to be successful. Companies must become innovation-driven
and ‘dare to be different’ in order to stay relevant and competitive in
today’s business competition.

Innovation and start-ups have traditionally been associated with places like
Silicon Valley, with multiple internationally successful juggernauts
emerging from this region in the United States. A survey conducted by the
Boston Consulting Group in 2009 on 110 companies worldwide reports a shift
in emphasis to Asia. Asian countries such as Singapore and South Korea have
topped the results with the most pro-innovation government policies and
corporate performances, beating countries with strong innovation traditions.
A tiny island nation with a population of 5 million, Singapore aims to be at
the focal point of innovation in Asia and therefore is the right place to

This conference invites research that deepens our understanding of
innovation in a global context. Key questions include the following:

*Process:* Innovation Processes within Firms
Why are some firms considered ‘hotbeds’ of innovation? How does corporate
culture and structure impede or promote innovative capacity? Do firms in
different parts of the world achieve innovative outcomes using different
processes? To what extent can processes be implemented by firms in other
parts of the world? What are the linkages between innovation and

*Place: *How Location, Geography and Institutions Shape Innovatory
What mechanisms drive the formation of innovative clusters? Why, for
example, have so many new innovative companies emerged from Silicon Valley?
To what extent have innovation clusters in Asia fostered innovations? How do
the Asian cultures and institutional environments affect innovation? How can
companies utilize that to complement their innovatory and integrative
capabilities? How well does innovation research in Western contexts
generalize to Asian firms and countries? Do firms in different Asian
countries such as China and India take different paths or approaches to
innovation? Is frugal innovation a model for the rest of the world? How do
public policies and state-firm relationship promote or hinder innovation
and/or the formation of innovative clusters and innovatory capabilities?

*People: *Assembling Resources and Capabilities for Innovation in a Global
How do some firms assemble superior human capital and other critical
resources to support innovatory efforts in a global economy? How does the
uneven distribution of essential resources shape innovatory efforts
throughout the world? How can dynamic capabilities in innovation be
identified and learned? Idea generation, imagination and creativity are core
innovatory skills. Can these be taught in leveraging human capital? How do
firms span their boundaries to reach different companies, industries, and
regions of the world to access human capital in ways that generate
creativity and innovation?

This conference offers an opportunity to address these issues and deepen our
understanding of innovation in a global context. With these and additional
relevant topics, the conference opens up new opportunities by bringing
together thought leaders from the research, business and consulting arenas
for intriguing, in-depth discussions.

Proposals (5-7 pages, for paper and panel sessions) relating to the
conference theme are invited. Only original, unpublished work is sought.
*Deadline for Submission of Proposals: November 30, 2011*

*Program Committee:*
William Hesterly, University of Utah
David Lepak, Rutgers University
Ishtiaq Mahmood, National University of Singapore.
Ted Tschang, Singapore Management University
Lai-Si Tsui-Auch, Nanyang Technological University
Mary-Anne Williams, University of Technology, Sydney
Toru Yoshikawa, Singapore Management University

To learn more about the SMS Special Conference in Singapore and the
submission process, please go to: singapore.strategicmanagement.net a
professional society for the advancement of strategic management

The Strategic Management Society (SMS) is unique in bringing together the
worlds of reflective practice and thoughtful scholarship. The Society
consists of more than 2,500 members representing over 65 different
countries. Membership, composed of academics, business practitioners, and
consultants, focuses its attention on the development and dissemination of
insights on the strategic management process, as well as fostering contacts
and interchange around the world. The Society is probably best known through
the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ) published by John Wiley & Sons. This
Class A journal has become the leading scholarly publication in the field of
Strategic Management and is consistently rated one of the top publications
in the management area. The Society launched a new quarterly journal, the
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ) in 2007 and will now start a third
quarterly journal, the Global Strategy Journal (GSJ). The intent is for the
GSJ and the SEJ to soon also become a Class A journal and to promote the
development and dissemination of advances in the field by maintaining the
highest standards of intellectual thought combined with practical relevance,
just as their sister publication SMJ has done for many years.
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