Distinguished Speaker Series

Intended to be different from a traditional research paper seminar, the ISOI Distinguished Speaker Series focuses on opinion, viewpoints, and debate about our research field(s), and also to make a connection to practice. Since 2021, ISOI has invited leading academic speakers and those with experience leading organizations to participate in the Distinguished Speaker Series on the Past, Present, and Future of Strategic Organizations.

ISOI Research Paper Award

This award is presented annually to a published journal article or book that embodies and furthers the mission of ISOI, which is to address unmet demand by academic communities and corporations for transdisciplinary research in strategic organizational design and management. To be eligible for the ISOI Research Award, the journal article or book must have been authored or co-authored by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty member and published within the last five years.


ISOI Shah 500

2023 Winner
Sonali Shah
Associate Professor of Business Administration

"Jewels in the Crown: Exploring the motivations and team building processes of employee entrepreneurs," coauthored with Rajshree Agarwal (Maryland) and Raj Echambadi (Northeastern) and published in Strategic Management Journal. READ PAPER

Sonali Shah is an associate professor business administration and Robert and Karen May Faculty Fellow at Gies College of Business. She is also an Associate for the Center for Advanced Study and holds an appointment at the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. Her research interests span innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy.


Past Winners

2022: Fiona Kun Yao, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
"Do Individual Employees' Learning Goal Orientation and Civic Virtue Matter? A Micro‐Foundations Perspective on Firm Absorptive Capacity," coauthored with Song Chang (Hong Kong Baptist University) and published in Strategic Management Journal. READ PAPER

2021: Gopesh Anand, Professor of Business Administration
"Sustainable process improvements: Evidence from intervention‐based research," coauthored with Aravind Chandrasekaran (Ohio State) and Luv Sharma (South Carolina) and published in Journal of Operations Management. READ PAPER

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