Strategic Management Society 2014

Jun 2014
Strategic Management Society 2014

34th International Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society
"Strategies in a World of Networks"
Madrid, Spain: September 21-23, 2014

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(1) Preconference Workshop 

Knowledge & Innovation and Cooperative Strategies Interest Groups
Paper Development Workshop

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 09:00-12:00
Room: Monaco

Sheryl Winston Smith, Temple University
Marie Louise Mors, Copenhagen Business School
Laura Poppo, University of Kansas
Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania

photo of Giovanni Battista Dagnino

Jay Anand
, Ohio State University
Lyda Bigelow, University of Utah 
Glenn Hoetker
, University of Arizona
Kyle Mayer, University of Southern California
Anne Parmigiani, University of Oregon
Korey PhelpsHEC-Paris
Anupama Phene, George Washington University


The Knowledge and Innovation and Cooperative Strategies Interest Groups are pleased to co-sponsor a Paper Development Workshop and Future Research Directions Workshop on Saturday, September 20, 2014 as part of the SMS Annual Meeting in Madrid. The workshop will be held from 9:00am-12:00pm and will include lunch following the session for all participants.

The workshop is open to all, but preference will be given to junior faculty. The workshop is focused on probing current and emerging questions relating to organizations’ search for novel knowledge and the impact on innovation. Broadly defined, topics of interest include: mechanisms and networks of inter-organizational knowledge development, development and integration of external sources of innovation through corporate venturing, knowledge search and entrepreneurship, and related topics. This session is intended to 1) provide collective insights from a panel of senior scholars operating at the forefront of this field; and 2) to include feedback on current papers in progress that are focused on this topic.

PS: This session is by application and invitation

(2) Invited Panelist (Saturday IG Panels)

Entrepreneurship and Strategy Interest Group Panel
"Entrepreneurial Corporate Governance"
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 08.00-09.15
Room: Moscu

Session Chair: 
Igor Filatochev, Cass School of Business London

Featured Panelists:
Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania
Bob Hoskisson, Rice University
Mike Wright, Imperial College 


This international panel of scholars is focused on corporate governance issues in entrepreneurial firms and it opens with a talk about building boards for different types of entrepreneurial firms at different life-cycle stages such as high tech start-ups and spinoffs, family firms and private equity-backed firms. What types of board configurations are more effective? What are the challenges in adapting boards at different life-cycle phases? This is followed by a discussion of property right assignment which suggests that incomplete contract theory is an interesting way to talk about these issues. A particular focus will be on exploratory joint ventures and the difficulty of assigning property rights before the innovation is fully revealed with a particular focus on dedicated institutional owners as a governance device to help deal with these issues. Finally, in academic incubators literature little consideration has been given to the network activities among firms located in incubators. To improve our understanding of incubation internal dynamics and relationship evolution, it is important to investigate incubators’ internal governance mechanisms by identifying the key elements that positively influence the establishment and development of new ventures.

(3) Paper Presentation

"Unveiling the Antecedents of International Diversification: An Agency Theory Approach"

Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania
Claudio Giachetti, Ca' Foscari University of Venice 
Maurizio La Rocca, University of Calabria
Pasquale Massimo Picone, University of Catania

Session: International Corporate Strategy
Monday, September 22, 2014
Time: 11.00-12.15
Room: Londres
Chair: Laurence Capron, INSEAD


Using a sample panel of 167 Italian firms longitudinally evaluated during the 1980-2010 period, this study tests whether the firm’s choice to spread operations in multiple geographic areas is conditioned by excess of free cash flow and debt, especially in firm-contexts where agency problems are exacerbated by managers or large shareholders’ opportunism. We find that debt has a negative effect on international diversification, while, contrary to our expectation, we find that the effect of cash flow is negative. Results also show that both high ownership concentration and low growth opportunities have a significant moderating effect on the debt - and cash flow - international diversification relationships.

(4) Invited Panelist (Conference Panel) 

"Competitive Dynamics and Strategy in Platform-Based Markets"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 15.30-16.45
Room: Roma 1

Session Chair
Ivanka Visnjic, ESADE Business School

Carmelo Cennamo, Bocconi University
Giovanni Battista DagninoUniversity of Catania
Michael Jacobides, London Business School
Geoffrey Parker, Tulane University
Robert Seamans, New York University

Elizabeth Altman, Harvard University


Platform-based markets (e.g. social networks, video game consoles, auction houses and shopping malls) have become increasingly important for today’s economy. Characterized by two-sided market economics, platform-based markets have distinct competitive dynamics that require a novel set of strategies from both platform owners and complementors. Strategy scholars in the fields of business models, evolutionary perspectives, industry architecture, value appropriation, and demand-side perspectives are only beginning to understand the phenomenon of platform-based markets. This panel session aims to stimulate the conversation between strategy scholars interested in strategies, innovation and competitive dynamics of platform-based markets. Offering a mix of presentations, panel discussions and audience interaction, we aim to further our understanding of platform-based markets and address important avenues for future research.