Strategic Management Society 2015

35th International Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society
“Strategy Expanding: Making Sense of Shifting Field and Firm Boundaries”
Denver, Colorado: October 3-6, 2015

(1) Preconference Workshop 

The Interplay of Competition and Cooperation:
SMJ Special Issue Workshop and Discussion Forum

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 09:00-12:00
Room: TBD

photo of Giovanni Battista Dagnino Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania
picture of Anna Minà Anna Minà, Sapienza University of Rome

Ming-Jer ChenUniversity of Virginia
Werner HoffmannWU Vienna
Samina Karim
Northeastern University
Dovev LavieTechnion-Israel Institute of Technology
Laura Poppo, University of Kansas
Jeffrey ReuerUniversity of Colorado
Andrew ShipilovINSEAD


The Competitive Strategy IG and Cooperative Strategy IG are pleased to offer a jointly organized Paper Development Workshop at the upcoming SMS Conference in Denver. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:00-13:00, and is open to all interested emerging and established scholars. The theme of the workshop is “The Interplay of Competition and Cooperation: SMJ Special Issue Workshop and Discussion Forum”.

The workshop aims to stimulate conversation at the interfaces between competitive and cooperative strategies. It will deal with questions such as: How do firms engage in coopetition in horizontal and vertical alliances? What are the benefits and challenges stemming from cooperation with rivals? What are the antecedents of such coopetitive behavior? How can scholars measure competitive behaviors in strategic alliances? The workshop will offer invaluable opportunities for scholars to discuss prospective research avenues and challenges associated with the juxtaposition and interaction between competition and cooperation in general, as well as provide specific feedback to authors interested in submitting their work to the SMJ special issue.

The workshop begins with a panel discussion on the interplay of competition and cooperation. The co-editors of the Strategic Management Journal Special Issue will discuss the aims and scope of the special issue, followed by a Q&As session. After the break, it will continue with parallel roundtables in which participants will briefly present their paper summaries and the assigned panelists, as well as the other participants, will offer feedback on these summaries. The developmental feedback is meant to help authors improve the quality of their ideas as well as indicate whether they may be appropriate for the SMJ special issue. After regrouping, there will be a plenary discussion marshalling the key insights emerging from the roundtables.

Submission Guidelines

Please note that to ensure high quality of interaction, pre-registration is required. Participation in the workshop will be limited to authors of 32 proposals although late registrants are welcome to join as observers.

To apply, please submit one file that includes the following items by September 1, 2015 on the Denver Saturday Workshops website:

  • your current CV;
  • and a 2-page summary of the paper that you would like to discuss.

Note that the summaries submitted to and discussed in this workshop will not give any priority or preference for submission to the SMJ special issue, which is subject to the usual SMJ policy. Selected participants will be notified by September 1, 2015.

For questions regarding your submission to the PDW, please contact the workshop organizers:

Anna Minà (University of Rome “La Sapienza”):
Giovanni Battista Dagnino (University of Catania):

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 Submission deadline for proposals
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 Accepted participants are notified
OCTOBER 3, 2015 SMJ Special Issue Workshop and Discussion Forum
OCTOBER 3-6, 2015 SMS Annual International Conference

PS: This session is by application and invitation

 Paper Presentation

“Coopetition: The Role of Technological and Market Uncertainty”

Anna Minà, Sapienza University of Rome
Naga Lakshmi Damaraju, Indian School of Business
Giovanni Battista Dagnino
, University of Catania

Session: The Dynamics of Coopetition
Monday, October 5, 2015
Time: 13.45-15.00
Room: Director’s Row J
Chair: Jonathan Sims, Babson College


his paper aims at understanding the role of uncertainty in shaping cooperation, competition, and coopetition behaviors within alliances. In particular, the aim is to understand and investigate the interplay of technological and market uncertainties in influencing partner behaviors in alliance contexts. While there are several kinds of uncertainty that are relevant to studying coopetition, these particular dimensions of uncertainty are chosen because they are among important drivers of alliance formation and ensuing outcomes. Therefore, understanding these dimensions and their influence on coopetitive behaviors can help us decipher the coopetition phenomenon in a much fine-grained manner which can be utilized to predict partner behaviors under other forms of uncertainty as well.

(3) Paper Presentation

“Temporary Competitive Advantage: An Investigation into the Core of the Literature and Challenges for Research

Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania
Pasquale Massimo Picone, University of Catania
Giulio Ferrigno, University of Catania

Session: Temporary and Long Term Competitive Advantage
Monday, October 5, 2015
Time: 16.45-18.00
Room: Governor’s Square 11
Chair: Cathy Maritan, Syracuse University


vidence of over 350 citations recorded by the articles published in the 2010 special issue on “The Age of Temporary Advantage” of the Strategic Management Journal shows that the inquiry on temporary nature of competitive advantage is an emergent research area in strategic management. They also exhibit that, most likely, it is going to be a significant research area for the coming years. To assess the current status of the literature as well as to fathom the directions and challenges of future research on temporary advantage, we review prior empirical research on temporary advantage so as to offer a conceptual map that provides a comprehensive appreciation of antecedents, processes, and consequences of temporary advantage. We then advance a research agenda on temporary competitive advantage.