Strategy and entrepreneurship are two interrelated fields concerned with creating, growing, and managing businesses. Though they have developed as separate research streams, they are increasingly recognized as complementary fields that can learn from and inform each other.
The competitive landscape is dynamic and ever-shifting. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated technological advancements, the adoption of digital transformation, evolving consumer preferences, and shifting market dynamics. These changes have highlighted the need for organizations to be resilient and adapt by rethinking their ways of competing and innovating in order to survive and thrive in the new landscape. Research in strategy and entrepreneurship needs to keep pace and adapt to these new realities by developing new frameworks and methods that can help firms navigate the rapidly changing business environment.
In addition, the fast-paced business environment has blurred the boundaries between value creation and value appropriation. Today, a more integrated approach that blends strategy and entrepreneurship research is needed to understand the full lifecycle of businesses, from conception to growth and maturity. This requires a willingness to bridge disciplinary boundaries and develop new frameworks and methods.
The SMF Convention, hosted by the Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli (IIMT) from December 18–20, 2023, on the IIMT campus in Tiruchirappalli, seeks to provide a platform for strategy and entrepreneurship researchers to reflect, share, and debate on the future of strategy and entrepreneurship in the country. The convention will feature plenary sessions, workshops, and paper presentations that focus on strategy and entrepreneurship as separate research streams, as well as the potential for cross-pollination of ideas between the two fields.
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