The purpose of the Fellows of the Strategic Management Society is to recognize and honor members of the Strategic Management Society who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management, as well as to provide opportunities for fellowship and a forum for discussion among persons so recognized and honored.
In Memoriam: José de la Torre
We at SMS are very sad to share with you that our colleague and friend, José Ramón de la Torre Jr. passed away on April 25, 2022. He was an SMS Fellow and a beloved member of our community. He studied engineering at Pennsylvania State University and later earned a doctorate from Harvard. For more than 50 years he taught International Business at several universities in the U. S. and abroad, making lasting connections across the world. He lived a full life, enjoyed his work and traveling the world with family and friends, always searching for the best food in all places he visited. As all who met him know, he loved bringing people together and was always ready to help. He touched many lives and leaves a big empty space in our hearts. He will be sorely missed.
In Memoriam: Andrew Van de Ven
We at SMS are very sorry to share with you the sad news that our friend and colleague Andy Van de Ven, who was inducted into the SMS Fellowship last year, passed away on April 30th. Andy is survived by his wife Martha, children Jim and John, and grandson, Ben. He earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and had a long and distinguished career, beginning with serving on the faculty at Kent State University and at the Wharton School, before joining the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in 1981. He held the Vernon Heath Endowed Chair in Organizational Innovation and Change until he retired in 2016. Andy was one of the most influential scholars in the field of organization theory and management with over 93,000 Google Scholar citations, over 120 articles and 13 books. Andy's motto was to "pass it on" and "pay it forward." In that spirit, he and wife Martha have endowed a professorship, faculty fellowships, and a conference based on Engaged Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. We shall miss him terribly.
Recent Fellows Webinars
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Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard Business School discussed themes from her book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, which was shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey 2020 Business Book of the Year Award. In the book, Rebecca debunked the worldview that the only purpose of business is to make money and maximize shareholder value. She argued that as a society, we have failed to reimagine capitalism so that it is not only an engine of prosperity but also a system that is in harmony with environmental realities, striving for social justice, and the demands of truly democratic institutions. With rich discussions of how the worlds of finance, governance, and leadership must also evolve, Rebecca’s book provided a pragmatic foundation for navigating a world facing unprecedented challenges.
Rajshree Agarwal, SMS Fellow, Rudolph Lamone Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland was the discussant for the session.
The Membership Committee reviews nominations for new fellows and determines who will be a candidate in the election. Click here to see who is currently on the Membership Committee.