Ken G. Smith

Professor Emeritus

Management & Organization
Ph.D., University of Washington

Ken G. Smith is professor emeritus and formerly held the Dean’s Chair in Strategic Management, Smith School of Business.  He is well known for his research in the areas of competition, competitive advantage, and strategic decision-making. Many of his articles have been published in leading scholarly journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. He has also co-authored two books: The Dynamics of Competitive Strategy (Sage Publishing, 1992); and Strategy as Action: Competitive Dynamics and Competitive Advantage (Oxford Publishing, 2005) and co-edited the International Handbook of Organizational Teamwork and Cooperative Working (Wiley & Sons, 2003), and Great Minds in Management (Oxford Publishing, 2005).

Smith's research has won a number of awards, including the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Journal in 1999, Best Published Paper Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management in 2001, and the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Management in 2003. In 1991, Ken served as a Fulbright Fellow in Strategic Management at the University of Limerick, Plassey, Ireland, he was Visiting Professor of Strategy in Spring 2000 at INSEAD, France and was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, spring 2007.

Ken is a three-time winner of the Krowe Award for outstanding teaching from the Smith School of Business,  was granted the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award in 1996, and in 2011 won the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management. A former entrepreneur, Ken was editor of the Academy of Management Review from 1996-1999, elected a fellow of the Academy of Management in 1998 and from 2006-2007 served as President of the Academy of Management.  He was also elected fellow to the Strategic Management Society in 2006.   Ken currently lives with his wife Laurie in Wakefield, RI.