Vienna Conference on Strategy, Organizational Design and Innovation

On 22 and 23 June 2013, the Strategic Management Subject Area at the University of Vienna will host its biannual conference on Strategy, Organizational Design, and Innovation – an academic conference devoted to discussing fundamental research at the intersections of decision-making, organization theory, and new business developments.

The conference will commence on Saturday, 22 June, at lunch time, and it will end on Sunday, 23 June, in the late afternoon. Confirmed keynote speakers and track moderators include

Carliss Baldwin
William L. White Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School,

Sendil Ethiraj
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School,


Phanish Puranam
Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Strategy and Organizational Design at INSEAD.


In this call we solicit submissions of (unpublished) papers from researchers at all levels. While we appreciate all types of contributions that fall under the broader conference theme, we are particularly interested in research that addresses questions of basic interest in the field, such as (combinations of) the following:

  • The emergence and sustainability of firm-level heterogeneity
  • Mechanisms of value creation, value appropriation, and their interdependence
  • Agent rationality and agent behavior in complex strategic decision-making contexts (e.g. product design in high-tech industries)
  • New or innovative organization designs; organization design in non-traditional contexts (e.g. governments, NGOs, business ecosystems, open communities, supplier networks, etc.)
  • The interaction of technical design and organizational structure, e.g., the presence or absence of “mirroring”
  • The use of formal models (closed form or computational) in the analysis of organizational design
  • The use of new methodologies (laboratory and field experiments, SecondLife, etc.) in management research

We ask contributors to submit their papers electronically to

The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2013. Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their papers by 1 March 2013. The Strategic Management Subject Area in Vienna will sponsor hotel accommodation for presenting authors for up to two nights in Vienna.

For further information on the City of Vienna, its tourist attractions, and things to do before and after the conference, please visit . Whether you enjoy arts, architecture, opera, theatre, or simply the terrific landscape around the city in midsummer, we are confident that you will find something of interest.

Please find a pdf version of this call for papers here.