Artificial Intelligence and Strategy Workshop

Developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), in particular Machine Learning (ML) and its increasing use in industry over the last few years provide strategy researchers with many opportunities.
 
The “AI & Strategy” Workshop intends to bring together a set of researchers who have interests in one or more of the themes described below through an annual meeting, the first of which will be held at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India on December 13th and 14th, 2019. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Indian School of Business and Microsoft Inc. The three objectives of this conference are
 
• To provide a focused forum of scholars, students and editors to seed and discuss work in the field of strategy that is contextually or empirically related to AI
• To provide a forum spanning both industry and academia to accelerate learning of how AI can transform organizations and their strategies
• To facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration between computer scientists who are doing interesting work in the area and strategy scholars especially those who might be interested in applying some of these techniques in their scholarly work.
 
Through this conference we propose to create an emerging body of knowledge that focuses on how the advent of AI/ML adds to a strategy researcher’s tool, understand how it will shape decision making, firm strategies and alter competitive advantage. Possible topics of interest include but are not limited to the following
 
• How AI influences organizational learning and decision making
• How the adoption of AI might shape and alter competitive advantage
• How the advent of AI might influence the performance of incumbents in an industry
• New statistical methods that are appropriate for strategy research that utilizes AI or ML
• Management issues including ethics and culture that might influence the adoption of AI or the subsequent performance of firms that adopted AI.
(In the Appendix overleaf, we provide more details on possible themes)
 
The workshop will include regular paper presentations, master classes with experts who will discuss new approaches to statistical analysis using AI that can be used by Strategy scholars, panel discussions of how to shepherd AI related papers through journal review processes, and also on how to integrate AI and ML related themes into teaching.
 
Prospective participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (Maximum 7 pages/4000 words all inclusive) - by 1 October 2019. Manuscripts will be selected based on the fit with the topic of the conference and will be notified about the acceptance of their submissions by 15th October 2019. We would also be happy to consider proposals for particular panel discussions or topics. Please note conference participants will have to pay their own airfare and accommodation near campus which we will book. The sponsors will cover local hospitality and there is no registration fee. We also do have a limited number of scholarships for doctoral students to partially cover their travel and accommodation expenses.