Foundations and Futures of Strategic Management

43 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2019

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Michael J. Leiblein

Ohio State University

Jeffrey Reuer

University of Colorado at Boulder

Date Written: March 30, 2019


Research in strategic management has burgeoned in the last few decades. This growth and specialization not only reflects impressive progress but raises questions about the boundaries and future direction of the field. In an effort to promote the accumulation and integration of insights regarding strategic management we trace research in the field through a series of four generations of scholarship. In so doing, we highlight some of the most important challenges and contributions of each of these generations and note the tensions and opportunities presented by the field’s focus on fundamental issues and frontier research topics. We also note the various integration mechanisms that have been called for and discuss their merits and demerits. We conclude by discussing the role of the Strategic Management Review as a complement to existing strategy journals.

Keywords: Strategic Management, Competitive Strategy

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Leiblein, Michael J. and Reuer, Jeffrey, Foundations and Futures of Strategic Management (March 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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