The 7th Israel Strategy Conference

Technion - Haifa, 17-19 December 2017


Technion, Haifa


December 17-19, 2017

Submission system open

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

The submission system closes on 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. Each author may be listed as a co-author of up to 3 papers.

Submit Your Proposal Now!

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



  • 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 Location / Technion, Haifa

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.


Haifa  is the third-largest city in the State of Israel. The city of Haifa forms part of the Haifa metropolitan area, the third-most populous metropolitan area in Israel. It is also home to the Bahá’í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a destination for Baha’i pilgrims.

Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the settlement has a history spanning more than 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: being conquered and ruled by the Phoenicians, Persians, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, British, and the Israelis. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the Haifa Municipality has governed the city.

As of 2016, the city is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometres (24.6 sq mi). It lies about 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel.

The city plays an important role in Israel’s economy. It is home to Matam, one of the oldest and largest high-tech parks in the country; Haifa also owns the only underground rapid transit system located in Israel, known as The Carmelit. Haifa Bay is a center of heavy industry, petroleum refining and chemical processing. Haifa formerly functioned as the western terminus of an oil pipeline from Iraq via Jordan.

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

Attendees of ISC can benefit from special rates at the following hotels:
(Shuttle services will be available from these hotels to the Technion)

Dan Carmel Haifa

As the first exclusive hotel in the City of Haifa, The Dan Carmel’s perfectly placed mountain top location allows for panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea with a breathtaking backdrop. Overlooking Haifa Bay and the Galil & Golan Landscapes, the sheer magnificence is simply overwhelming.
The Dan Carmel’s recently refurbished rooms and suites are all designed with classic and elegant tones, complete with modern accessories and luxurious comforts, as expected in the best hotels in the world. Extra-Large bathrooms designed for indulgence and 42-Inch LED screens with multimedia outlets enable you to relax and unwind after a rigorous day of touring or work.
Dan Carmel’s stylish lobby and public areas are a perfect place to gather ones thoughts, and the large swimming pool, hidden between the all trees of the luscious gardens, create an enchanting relaxation zone, enabling one to reconnect and re-energize.

Rate per night on bed & breakfast basis:

Deluxe Sea View – 200$

Supplement for double room: 45$ per room per night.

Special Benefits for conference guests:

  • Free entrance to business lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi internet

Reservations at Dan Carmel


Dan Panorama Haifa

The Dan Panorama Hotel, rising twenty-one stories high on Mount Carmel, offers you a choice of spectacular views: one side commands a splendid panorama of the city of Haifa, Mount Carmel and the sea. Another vantage point presents the huge curve of Haifa Bay and the endless stretches of Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline. The only Haifa hotel that’s a city landmark, the Dan Panorama Hotel is contemporary in style with spacious public areas and guest rooms featuring floor to ceiling windows. The hotel also adjoins the city’s upscale Panorama Mall that houses fine boutiques, elegant cafes and entertainment venues. Close by are the outdoor coffee bars and stores of the bustling Carmel Center, a favorite gathering place for visitors and locals. Designed for the young at heart, the informal, easy-going ambiance of this Haifa hotel invites you to relax and feel at home.

Rate per night on bed & breakfast basis:

Superior Room – 140$

Supplement for double room: 20$ per room per night.

Special Benefits for conference guests:

  • Free entrance to business lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi internet

Reservations at Dan Panorama


Crown Plaza Haifa Bay View Hotel

The new Haifa Bayview Hotel is located at the top of Mount Carmel overlooking the spectacular view of Haifa Bay. It features 109 sea-facing guestrooms and suites ideal for vacations as well as business accommodation.

Hotel guests are welcomed by a unique, energetic entrance complex featuring an open lobby, restaurants and a bar. Relaxing lounge areas combine chic and comfort to provide a contemporary working environment and at the same time a recreational setting for social gathering or a culinary treat. The lobby offers a variety of menus throughout the day: Chinese menu, Dairy menu and a wine and alcohol menu.

Bayview Haifa Hotel offers the ideal location near the Carmel tourist sites, within walking distance from the entertainment center, including coffee shops, shops, the Carmelit (the sole underground in Israel), Louis Promenade – from which you can enter and explore the wonders of the Bahai Gardens, the Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, art galleries and museums, and a short drive from the University of Haifa and the Technion.

Rate per night on bed & breakfast basis:

Single Standard Room – 160$

Single Deluxe Room – 175$

Supplement for double room: 30$ per room per night.

Supplement for Dinner: 40$ per meal, per person, per day.

Special Benefits for conference guests:

  • Daily newspaper upon request
  • Free Wi-Fi internet

Download Crown Plaza Haifa Bay View Hotel reservation form

Please e-mail your completed reservation form to:

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

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