Executive Summary of the SAP Membership Survey 2017

Paul Spee, Chair of the SAP IG

We are excited to share some metrics and feedback obtained during our most recent membership survey. We are very grateful for all those who were part of the 206 members (or 32% of the SAP IG membership) who participated in the survey.

Below, you will find an executive summary of the survey results. Aggregated responses on each question are available on the Strategizing, Activities & Practices Interest Group’s (PDF).

Executive Summary of Membership Survey 2017

Division Metrics

  • At the membership census of the Academy, SAP had 724 members, with the majority being international members (465).
  • SAP has generated membership growth in times in both U.S. members (29%, 5-year % average) and international members (24%, 5-year % average), when AOM has seen a net loss of members (US: -0.7%; International: 10.1%).
  • Satisfaction with services and SAP Interest Group.
  • SAP attracts and represents a community comprised of relatively young scholars in terms of both AOM membership tenure (0-3 years: 60%) and age (30-39 years: 29%; 40-49: 32%).

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SAP Community Day at EGOS 2018: Apply Now!

0x9C8DFC68ED943276F44C4B1BD3BC2A2CLetter from the organizers of the SAP Community Day at EGOS 2018 in Tallinn


Dear SAP Friends,

We hope you enjoyed any of the SAP Community Days at EGOS Colloquiums in previous years. We are again planning a full-day pre-conference SAP event for this year’s EGOS Colloquium in Tallinn – and registrations are now open.


We would be happy, if you joined us for this year’s exciting SAP Community Day on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. In keeping with the overall Community Day topic “Inspiring and Expanding Strategy-as-Practice Research”, this year’s Research Community Platform features two related parts: The morning is dedicated to sparking and developing new ideas based on a keynote speech by Paul Adler and interactive roundtable sessions that allow scholars to pitch their nascent ideas to international experts in the area of SAP research. In the afternoon, we will explore how the SAP Community can be expanded by building on recent achievements such as the SMJ Special Issue on Strategy Process and Practice, providing “behind the scenes” into the review process of recently published SAP-related papers and discussing “the future of SAP research” with renowned panelists. For both parts, we were able to win leading scholars in each of the respective research areas, so make sure not to miss this workshop. Given that many SAP scholars will be spread across different sub-themes for the main conference, this pre-colloquium workshop will allow you to renew and maintain your SAP relationships while discussing issues of concern to the SAP Community.

Applications to participate can be submitted via the EGOS website until April 9, 2018. For more information, including the full Call for Participation, click here: https://goo.gl/cwEnBo. Please make sure to register early, spaces are limited.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Tallinn!
Kind regards,

Georg, Matthias, Philip & Tania

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AOM ELECTIONS: Seeking Nominations!

Message from Jane Lê, Outgoing Chair of the SAP Interest Group


Dear Members, Dear Friends of SAP,

As you will have already seen, the AOM is calling for nominations for the upcoming elections. This year there is ample of opportunity to get involved in SAP with four position up for election. We are thus invitation nominations and self-nominations for the positions of PDW Chair (5 year leadership track) and three representative-at-large positions (3 years, 2 years, 1 year).

There is still plenty of time before the deadline on 28 February 2018 to nominate.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with SAP or would like to nominate someone else, please register your interest via the official AOM website here (please note that you must be an AOM member to be eligible for nomination):


Thank you in advance for your interest in SAP.

Kind regards,


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SMJ Special Issue on Strategy Processes and Practices (SAPP): An Overview

SMJ_leftThe CfP for a Special Issue on “Strategy Process and Practice: Dialogues and Intersections” in the Strategic Management Journal––edited by Robert Burgelman, Steven Floyd, Tomi Laamanen, Saku Mantere, Eero Vaara, and Richard Whittington––has attracted tremendous interest. In the meanwhile, all accepted papers are available online, and they will appear in print very soon. Given that this Special Issue is considered as a major milestone in the development of SAP research, the time is ripe to provide an overview of the papers in this Special Issue.

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AOM 2018: Sign up as Reviewer for the SAP Interest Group!

Letter from Rajiv Nag, SAP IG Program Chair 2018

Dear Colleague,

Heartiest greetings for the New Year. I hope that you and your dear ones have a peaceful, productive, and prosperous 2018.

This is a “special” year for the the Strategizing Activities and Practices Interest group, as we move towards a possible division status. Therefore the forthcoming AOM conference in Chicago is a crucial juncture for all of us as a community.

I am reaching out to you because you had most graciously signed-up and helped out with the paper and symposia review process for the AOM meeting held in Atlanta 2017. Last year we had a total of 132 individual scholars who had signed up as reviewers. The number of reviewers signed up for 2018 stands at 66 presently. I am therefore requesting you to consider helping out our interest group once again (if you haven’t already signed up).

Your renewed participation will be of critical importance to our collective efforts towards a much needed and long overdue divisionship. I am hoping that with your help we can not only meet last year’s attainment of 132 reviewers but perhaps exceed it for this year given a strong possibility that we will attract even more paper and symposia submissions for 2018.

Do rest assured that it will be my solemn commitment to ensure that I do not overload any reviewer with excessive review requests -given that we already have a lot of other tasks to pursue. That said, the more reviewers we have, the more we can share the workload.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/suggestions. Please go to the http://review.aom.org  link and click the “Sign In” button.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Best Wishes,
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SAP Best Paper of 2015 now published in Strategic Management Journal

Rebecca Bednarek

Paula Jarzabkowski

In 2015, Paula Jarzabkowski (Cass Business School) and Rebecca Bednarek (Birkbeck, University of London), received SAP’s Best Paper Award for their paper “Toward a Social Practice Theory of Relational Competing“.

Recently, their excellent paper has been accepted for publication in the prestigious Strategic Management Journal and is already available online. The research summary reads as follows:

This article brings together the competitive dynamics and strategy-as-practice literatures to investigate relational competition. Drawing on a global ethnography of the reinsurance market, we develop the concept of micro-competitions, which are the focus of competitors’ everyday competitive practices. We find variation in relational or rivalrous competition by individual competitors across the phases of a micro-competition, between competitors within a micro-competition, and across multiple micro-competitions. These variations arise from the interplay between the unfolding competitive arena and the implementation of each firm’s strategic portfolio. We develop a conceptual framework that makes four contributions to: relational competition; reconceptualizing action and response; elaborating on the awareness-motivation-capability framework within competitive dynamics; and the recursive dynamic by which implementing strategy inside firms shapes, and is shaped by, the competitive arena.

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SAP-Related Sub-Themes at #EGOS2018: An Overview

0x9C8DFC68ED943276F44C4B1BD3BC2A2CEGOS 2018 in Tallinn is special in many regards. One of the ways in which this colloquium is (somewhat) special relates to the portfolio of sub-themes: for the first time in several years, there won’t be a sub-theme that explicitly relates to practice-based strategy research. However, this does not mean that the portfolio of sub-themes does not invite SAP-related research – quite the contrary. Here, we provide a short overview of sub-themes that display interest in SAP research. Continue reading

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