The Academy of Management will honor Professor Emeritus Ken G. Smith with its Distinguished Educator Award in San Antonio next month. The Academy of Management, the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world with nearly 20,000 members, selected Smith for his work developing doctoral students and junior faculty.
Through 2010, Smith held the title dean’s chair and professor of business strategy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. During his career, Smith has published in premier journals with more than 40 different doctoral students and junior faculty, helping many in their career development and professional success.
Smith is a three-time winner of Krowe Award for outstanding teaching from the Smith School and was granted the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award in 1996. A former entrepreneur, Smith was editor of the Academy of Management Review from 1996-99, elected a fellow of the Academy of Management in 1998, and served as president of the Academy of Management from 2006-07.
Smith is well-known in business circles for his groundbreaking research on all areas of competition and competitive advantage. He has published widely in academic journals and co-authored three books on competition in business. With a long list of academic honors, Smith was a Fulbright Fellow in Strategic Management at the University of Limerick in Ireland, an Academy of Management Fellow, and a visiting professor in strategy at INSEAD, one of the world’s largest graduate business schools, in France. He currently teaches at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he got his BA and MBA. His PhD is from the University of Washington.