picture of Gary Dushnitsky Gary Dushnitsky London Business School Program Chair

picture of Niron Hashai Niron Hashai Hebrew University of Jerusalem Program Chair

picture of Dovev Lavie Dovev Lavie Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Program Chair

picture of Ithai Stern Ithai Stern INSEAD Program Chair

Welcome From The Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues:
We are delighted to introduce the SMS Special Conference in Tel-Aviv. Known as "The City That Never Sleeps", Tel-Aviv is a popular international tourist destination, renowned for its Mediterranean coastline, 24-hour culture, bars, restaurants, cafés, parks, shopping, and cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is a major performing arts center and an economic hub, in the heart of the land of the Bible and within easy reach of its numerous historical landmarks.

Tel-Aviv is where Israel's transformation from a stretch of farmland into a high-tech wonder started over two decades ago. The first startup boom took place in the 1990s, but ended shortly thereafter when the dot.com bubble burst in 2000. However, during the past several years, a new generation of startups has begun to emerge, transforming Tel-Aviv into an oasis of creativity and innovation, labeled by Wired Magazine as one of the "Hottest Startup Capitals" and ranked by Globe and Mail as the most creative city in the world. With more than 4,000 active technology startups and numerous R&D centers for world-renowned technology giants, including Intel, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, Tel-Aviv is a genuine hot bed of innovation for creative and knowledge-based industries. Tel-Aviv boasts more entrepreneurs and VC funding per capita than anywhere else on Earth. The diversity of the city's economic fabric covers a vast array of high-tech industry clusters and the full spectrum of the high-tech life cycle, from grassroots startups to multinational superpowers. Ready to prove that its high-tech industry is back in business, these numerous new and 'reborn' companies make Tel-Aviv the perfect place to hold a conference on Startup and Restart Strategies.

The Tel-Aviv Special Conference will offer you an opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues and practitioners. The conference's four competitive tracks will bring together scholars interested in competitive strategy, corporate strategy, global strategy, knowledge and innovation, entrepreneurship, and cooperation. A practitioner track will feature prominent speakers from industry and government that will debate regional development. A doctoral consortium will offer further opportunities to promote young scholarship. We have aligned an exceptional group of speakers and contributors who will enrich our understanding of the strategies that drive innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. We invite you to join us and take part in this exciting event, engage in promising discussions, and explore the wonders of the Holy Land and the vibrant city of Tel-Aviv.

A warm and sunny welcome awaits you.

Gary Dushnitsky
Niron Hashai
Dovev Lavie
Ithai Stern

Strategic Management Society

Tel Aviv