Developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly Machine Learning (ML) and its increasing use in the industry over the last few years provide strategy researchers with many opportunities.

The second “AI & Strategy” workshop intends to bring together a set of researchers interested in one or more of the themes described below through an annual meeting. This meeting will be held virtually on January 22 and 23, 2021, between 9:00 – 11:00 AM, ET (10:00 PM to 12 midnight Singapore time; 7.30 PM – 9:30 PM, India). The conference is jointly sponsored by the Indian School of Business and Microsoft Inc.  As with last year’s conference, 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 AI/ML and strategy scholars, especially those interested in applying some of these techniques in their scholarly work.


Through this conference, we would like to continue 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. Hence, 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 the 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.


The workshop will include virtual paper presentations for about 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute discussion on the paper.  We are also considering virtual poster sessions.


Prospective participants are invited to submit an abstract (Maximum of 1 page 750 word all-inclusive) - by November 30, 2020. Please indicate the stage of completion of the project in the abstract (e.g., data collection, analysis in progress, paper under review, etc.) Papers will be selected based on the fit with the conference topic, and authors will be notified about the acceptance of their submissions by December 10, 2020.

Platinum Partner


Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 13,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian startups, businesses, and government organizations

Conference Chair

Conference Chair:

Please contact the Conference chairs with any questions or suggestions:


Anand Nandkumar, Indian School of Business - Anand_Nandkumar@isb.edu

Prithwiraj Choudhury, Harvard Business School   - pchoudhury@hbs.edu

Phanish Puranam, INSEAD - Phanish.puranam@insead.edu