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STR Executive Committee Candidates

Chen.pngGuoli 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.

Conti.pngRaffaele 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.

Csaszar.pngFelipe 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.

Giarratana.pngMarco 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).

Hoang.pngHa 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.

Joseph.pngJohn 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.

Luo.pngJiao 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.

Ranganathan.pngRam 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.

Sengul.pngMetin 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.

Snihur.pngYuliya 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.    

Vidal.pngElena 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. 

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.

STR Division Hotel at the AOM Conference 2019 (Boston)

Dear STR Division Members,

For those of you who are planning to attend the 2019 AOM Annual Meeting in Boston, I would like to inform you that our division’s sessions will be mostly held at Boston Park Plaza (click here for a map). At this link you will find the list of locations for all AOM Divisions, interest groups, and committees. This might be particularly useful in case your sessions are held at different locations.

Please check this link to know more about the AOM hotel accommodations and online hotel reservation. You may also want to look at this webpage for Boston travel information.

Hope this helps in your planning for AOM 2019.

See you in Boston!


Tim Folta

STR Program Chair

Screenshot-2018-12-01-13_02_05-150x150.pngTim Folta
University of Connecticut
STR Division Program Chair

2019 STR Division Outstanding Dissertation Award


STR will offer the Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award in Strategic Management again in 2019. Any doctoral dissertation may be entered that satisfies the following criteria:

  1. The dissertation addresses topics in the area of strategic management.
  2. The dissertation was completed between February 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019, where the completion date is when the degree is completed and awarded.
  3. The dissertation was not previously submitted for consideration for this award. A dissertation may be submitted to STR and other divisions simultaneously if it fits within each division’s domain statement. The STR domain statement can be found at (under About).

Interested recent graduates should submit electronically (via email) the following Word documents as attachments to an email to Division Chair Elect Samina Karim (, with the subject heading “STR Division Outstanding Dissertation Award submission”:

  1. A one-page abstract of the dissertation (without author name)
  2. A ten-page, double-spaced summary of the dissertation (without author name)
  3. A separate cover page listing your name, the dissertation’s title, the completion date, the name of the university granting your degree, your current university affiliation and any intervening affiliation, and a complete list of dissertation committee members (advisor, other committee members, any “defense opponent” etc.) and their affiliations.

In order to facilitate compliance with the STR conflict of interest policy and the blind review process, please remove any author-identifying information from your abstract and dissertation summary.

Submissions must be received by Friday February 28, 2019. (Submissions will not be accepted by fax or regular mail.) Members of the STR Division Research Committee will evaluate the dissertation summaries and invite a subset of entrants to submit their complete dissertations in March 2019 for further evaluation.

Samina_Karim-150x150.jpgSamina Karim
Northeastern University
Division Chair – Elect


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