Who Goes to the Strategic Management Society’s Annual Meetings?

The Strategic Management Society (SMS) holds an Annual Meeting since the 80’s. The meeting is hosted in USA and in an international location (mostly in Europe) every other year. Since the SMS is the most important academic society focused on strategic management, I wanted to know who goes to the meetings (I had my chance at the Special Conference in Rio de Janeiro!). Thus, I collected the data that is publicly available at the SMS website in order to build some tables summarizing the data (No! I didn’t personally visit each session’s page. I built a python script similar to this one).

In the following table, I show the number of papers that have one or more authors from an USA’s university. I only show the data of paper sessions and not of panel sessions, that is, I exclude here panel session’s chairs and panelists. I selected the first 15 universities with the most number of papers. It is important to note that some papers are assigned to more than one university, since there are papers written by scholars from different universities. UT-Dallas ranking assigns a score of 1/n to the affiliation of each author, where n is the number of authors of the paper. I kept my count simple. I assigned a score of 1 to the affiliation of each author, but I did not count twice (or more) in those cases in which there are two (or more) authors from the same university.

Number of Papers Presented at SMS’s Meetings: USA’s Universities

DC Rome Miami Prague
Rank University 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
1 University of Pennsylvania 7 14 16 11 48
2 Ohio State University 6 10 12 12 40
3 University of Minnesota 7 6 11 7 31
4 Texas A&M University 7 8 8 7 30
5 University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign 10 9 6 4 29
6 Michigan State University 7 6 7 8 28
6 University of Maryland 10 6 7 5 28
7 Temple University 4 7 7 9 27
8 Arizona State University 2 8 10 6 26
9 Purdue University 7 7 6 4 24
10 Florida International University 4 4 7 8 23
10 Northeastern University 6 7 6 4 23
10 University of Colorado-Boulder 6 2 9 6 23
10 University of Houston 6 5 7 5 23
10 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 6 5 7 5 23
11 Duke University 5 6 6 5 22
12 George Washington University 6 7 7 1 21
12 Rice University 4 6 5 6 21
12 University of Texas-Austin 3 6 5 7 21
12 Virginia Tech 3 8 4 6 21
13 Rutgers University 2 6 8 4 20
13 University of South Carolina 6 6 5 3 20
14 Georgia Institute of Technology 5 3 3 7 18
14 Indiana University 4 5 4 5 18
14 New York University 4 5 7 2 18
14 University of California-Irvine 3 6 7 2 18
15 Brigham Young University 4 3 6 4 17
15 Georgia State University 2 6 3 6 17
15 Harvard University 5 4 6 2 17

Overall, I am not surprised about the universities that appear in this list. Given that there is a limit of two papers per author for each meeting, business schools with a greater number of faculty members (and probably with a greater number of doctoral students) appear at the top of the list. I am surprised, however, about the number of papers written by Europe-based scholars. In the following table, I show the 10 world’s universities with the most number of papers presented at SMS’s meetings since 2009. Note that in this list University of Pennsylvania appears in the 4th place.

Number of Papers Presented at SMS’s Meetings: World’s Universities

DC Rome Miami Prague
Rank University 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
1 University of St. Gallen 17 25 18 17 77
2 Bocconi University 13 15 20 25 73
3 Erasmus University – Rotterdam 8 16 17 15 56
4 University of Pennsylvania 7 14 16 11 48
5 HEC-Paris 8 10 16 12 46
6 Aalto University 7 12 10 13 42
7 Ohio State University 6 10 12 12 40
8 INSEAD 3 10 14 11 38
9 Copenhagen Business School 6 9 12 10 37
10 IESE Business School 5 10 10 9 34

What about the authors? Only three scholars have presented two proposals (the maximum per author) every year since the Meeting in DC, 2009: Michael Mannor (Notre Dame), Seemantini Pathak (U. of Houston), Tomi Laamanen (U. of St. Gallen).

I know that the number of papers presented at the SMS’s meetings it is not an adequate proxy of university’s productivity in the strategic management field. I just wanted to know who goes to the meetings. Moreover, I wanted to continue learning python!

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