The Best Strategy ConferencesPosted: November 9, 2011
There are dozens of academic strategy conferences these days. Mike’s post about the HBS Strategy conference made me think about other excellent strategy conferences. Here are some thoughts on a few of my favorites:
- BYU-Utah Winter Strategy conference. I’m biased – but this conference is really fantastic. It is in its 13th year, I think. The conference is usually limited to around 30 scholars – nice and small. Presenters get plenty of time to present (not your usual 10-15 min slots) and the discussants do a brilliant job (Joel Baum has delivered some classic discussant comments at this conference over the years). The panels are usually on the latest and greatest in strategy, involving top scholars (I believe all my co-bloggers have been to this conference at some point or another). I like the informality of the conference – lots of down-time and opportunities to informally interact with others (on the ski slopes etc). Next year’s conference will be at Snowbird.
- Academy of Management. Academy is a bit of a zoo – lots of people, cramped, short presentation slots, etc. But – it still is a fantastic venue for interesting panels, professional development workshops, debates etc – and a chance to meet up with friends and co-authors.
- Organization Science Winter Conference. I haven’t been to OSWC for a while – but it is a great conference. The location (usually Steamboat Springs) can be a bit tough to get to – but the resort and environment is fantastic for productive interactions.
- Strategic Management Society. Going on this week in Miami. The conference alternates between a location in the US and an international location (usually Europe). The conference is a bit pricey. But, good stuff nonetheless.
- Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference (ACAC). Haven’t been yet but have heard great things.