The 7th Israel Strategy Conference

Technion - Haifa, 17-19 December 2017



Technion, Haifa


December 17-19, 2017

Submission opens

April 1, 2017

Submission deadline

June 1, 2017

About / conference overview and organization

The Israel Strategy Conference (ISC) is a voluntary initiative, not affiliated with any institution, aimed at promoting academic excellence and advancing the field of strategic management in Israel. Towards this end, ISC invites highly prestigious keynote speakers, subjects paper proposal submissions to a very strict double-blind review process, and offers the prestigious ISC Best Paper Award which carries a $1,000 cash value.

ISC provides an opportunity for scholars to exchange ideas and advance their research in strategic management and related fields such as entrepreneurship and international business. ISC is held every two years and is hosted by different Israeli universities on a rotating basis.

ISC was founded by Niron Hashai, Dovev Lavie, and Ithai Stern, with the help and advice of Avi Meshulach, Zur Shapira, and the late Avi Fiegenbaum. The first conference was held December 2007 in Jerusalem, with more than a hundred participants from all over the world. Over the years, the conference has grown to over 160 attendees. We hope that the upcoming conference in Haifa and the ones to follow will continue to draw a growing number of participants.

ISC offers a variety of opportunities to get involved, including special session organizers, keynote speakers, panelists, presenters, discussants, volunteers, and sponsors.

Email us at for more information about these opportunities.

Niron Hashai

Hebrew University

Dovev Lavie


Zur Shapira

New York University

Ithai Stern


Gabriel Szulanski


Uriel Stettner

Tel Aviv University

Amir Sasson

BI Norwegian Business School

Shiko Ben-Menahem

ETH Zurich

Dana Sheffer

Technion University

Sharon Klein-Raz

Administrative Coordinator

Conference Information / the 7th Israel Strategy Conference

We invite individuals who engage in strategic management research to submit paper proposals for possible presentation at the conference. Paper proposals, written in English, should clearly identify the research questions and the proposed/actual methodology used. If available, the main results, implications, and contributions should also be briefly discussed.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

A. Strategy formulation and implementation
B. Strategic planning and decision processes
C. Managing risk and uncertainty
D. Strategic control and reward systems
E. Resource development and allocation
F. Knowledge management
G. Global Strategy
H. Strategic alliances and networks
I. Diversification and portfolio strategies
J. Competitive strategy
K. Corporate venturing and entrepreneurship
L. Corporate governance

Download Call for Papers
  • April 1, 2017: Submission and registration opens.
  • June 1, 2017: Submission deadline.
  • August 1, 2017: Notices to authors indicating whether the proposed paper has been selected for inclusion in the conference program, and whether it has been accepted to a paper session or an interactive session.
  • September 1, 2017: Registration deadline for presenting authors.
  • November 1, 2017: Deadline for authors of accepted papers to submit a short abstract and the full-length paper (for paper sessions).
  • December 17-19, 2017: Israel Strategy Conference, Haifa
  • December 17, 2017: ISC Doctoral Consortium

The submission system opens April 1st, 2017 and closes June 1st, 2017.

Paper proposals are limited to 2 pages of text and 1 additional page of references (double spaced with 1-inch margins all around and a font size no smaller than 11 pt). The title of your paper must be included in the header of the proposal and should exactly match the title provided in the submission form. Please do not include any author identifying information in the proposal.

Presenting authors must be available to present anytime during the conference. There will be no changes in the program to accommodate specific time preferences. If the presenting author cannot be available during December 17-19, please do not submit a proposal. An author may be designated as the presenter of only one paper, but can be listed as a co-author of up to 3 papers.



  • Early registration fee applies until November 1st, 2017. After this date the registration fee is $300.
  • Payments from presenting authors must be received by September 1st, 2017.




  • Early registration fee applies until November 1st, 2017. After this date the student registration fee is $225.
  • Students must present valid student ID upon admission to the conference.
  • Payments from presenting authors must be received by September 1st, 2017.

The conference starts on the morning of December 17, 2017. Papers are assigned to paper session or poster presentation formats based on common themes, scheduled on December 17-19, 2017. Authors whose papers are accepted for presentation in a paper session will be given 15 minutes to present their paper. Following the presentations, designated discussants who have carefully read the papers will present their main comments and provide suggestions for improving the papers and getting them ready for publication. Discussants also offer an integration of the papers presented in each sessions, and sessions conclude by questions from the audience and plenary discussions. In addition, the conference features themed interactive sessions which offer authors the opportunity to interactively present their papers and discuss them with the audience. The conference feature keynote speeches from distinguished strategy scholars, and special sessions found in the conference program.

Select paper proposals which receive the highest assessment in the review process will be nominated as finalists for the ISC Best Paper Award. The finalists will be asked to submit a full paper for an additional blind-review process by a distinguished panel. The selected winner(s) of the Fiegenbaum Best Paper Award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. The winning paper will be announced in the concluding session of ISC.

Keynote Speakers / distinguished scholars speaking at ISC 2017

Javier Gimeno


Marvin Lieberman


Christopher L. Tucci

EPFL Lausanne

Shaker Zahra

University of Minnesota

gimeno-2Javier Gimeno is Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he holds the Aon Dirk Verbeek Chair in International Risk and Strategic Management. Javier’s research focuses on understanding competitive strategy decisions, and how these decisions lead to competitive interactions and performance consequences. He has done research and developed pedagogical materials in industries like travel and transportation (airlines), mobile telecommunication services, energy, and computer equipment. His current research integrates a risk management perspective on the analysis of strategic opportunities.

hqdefaultMarvin Lieberman is a Professor in the Policy area at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Professor Lieberman’s current research focuses on issues relating to (1) market entry and (2) productivity and performance comparisons of American and foreign manufacturing firms. His broader teaching and research interests are in the areas of competitive strategy, industrial economics and operations management. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, on topics such as cost reduction and productivity improvement, market entry and exit, and strategic investment.

tucc-2Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. Dr. Tucci’’s primary area of interest is in technological change and how waves of technological changes influence entrant / incumbent dynamics. He is also studying how the technological changes brought about by the popularization of the Internet affect firms in different industries.

zahra-2Shaker A. Zahra is the Department Chair, Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Shaker’s research examines: (1) entrepreneurial knowledge and capability development in global industries; (2) international entrepreneurship & capability development; and (3) the role of corporate entrepreneurship in knowledge creation, absorption and conversion.

Doctoral Consortium

ISC will be holding its annual Doctoral Consortium on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 9AM to 4PM. The world of research is all about communicating with a community of scholars with overlapping interests. Doctoral consortia are most valuable in providing an intimate setting for a cohort of doctoral students to get to know each other and meet senior scholars in the field. The ISC Doctoral Consortium aims to offer such a setting for Ph.D. students interested in conducting cutting-edge research in strategy and related areas.

The consortium is organized by Gino Cattani (NYU) and Niron Hashai (The Hebrew University) and features an international panel of senior faculty members with proven research records. The consortium cover key topics of academic life including current and future research themes in strategy, thesis development, the job market, and the publication process.

Gino Cattani

New York University

Niron Hashai

The Hebrew University

gino_dcDoctoral students in the proposal/dissertation stage will have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback in a thesis development workshop. Doctoral students who do not wish to present their research are still invited to apply to and attend the doctoral consortium. Preference will be given to students whose research is in the dissertation proposal stage.

Students attending the doctoral consortium must register to the Israel Strategy Conference (ISC). Only electronic applications will be considered. Student discount rates apply.

The application deadline for students wishing to present their work is July 1st 2017.

The application deadline for students wishing to attend without presentation is November 1st 2017.

If you have questions regarding the doctoral consortium, please contact Gino Cattani (

Conference Sponsors

Past Conferences

Ben Gurion University, Be’er Scheva , 2009

Technion University, Haifa, 2010

Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, 2012

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2015

Conference Location / Technion, Haifa

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

The 2017 Israel Strategy Conference will be held at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.  Technion is a global pioneer in teaching and research in fields such as biotechnology, stem cells, space, computer science, nanotechnology, and energy, with 12,850 students and 80 graduate programs.

Israel’s third largest city and one of its prettiest, Haifa has a lot to offer visitors. It has the country’s largest port, a particularly active beach and is the home of the World Center of the Bahai Faith. Surrounded by abundant nature sites, the city contains an interesting mix of modern neighborhoods and older districts; churches and mosques; mountain and sea.

Haifa is a multi-faceted city with several unique characteristics making it an attractive place to visit. Its proximity to the sea and its active port contribute to its prominence. The bustling port area draws merchants, shoppers and tourists. The beautiful beaches are popular for sports and recreation, and are filled with people during summer weekends. In addition, because of their excellent surfing conditions, the beaches serve many of Israel’s top sailing enthusiasts and host sailing competitions and other sporting events.

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Please check back for more information on accommodation, conference hotels, and leisure activities for the entire family as the opening of the registration system approaches.

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