Category Archives: Strategic Management

Post related in some way to ideas of the strategic management field.

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.

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A Case of a Hostile Acquisition

The Duke Energy’s acquisition of Progress Energy may be an interesting case of a hostile acquisition. According to a BusinessWeek’s article, Progress Energy’s CEO was going to serve as the CEO of the merged company. And he did, but only for less than two hours. The article says:

At 4:30 p.m. the Duke board elected Johnson CEO. Then, after Johnson left to celebrate, the board took another vote and ousted him. He served as chief executive for two hours, give or take a few minutes. The Duke board awarded him an exit package of $45 million in deferred compensation, severance, and other benefits. To finish an eventful afternoon, the Duke board reinstalled Rogers in the top job.

I would tend to think that a merger and acquisition contract have clauses to preempt this kind of actions. However, it does not seem to be the case.