The 7th Israel Strategy Conference

Technion - Haifa, 17-19 December 2017


Technion, Haifa


December 17-19, 2017

Deadline for abstracts / full papers

November 1, 2017

Early registration deadline

November 1, 2017

About / conference overview and organization

The Israel Strategy Conference (ISC) is a voluntary initiative, not affiliated with any institution, aimed at promoting academic excellence and advancing the field of strategic management in Israel. Towards this end, ISC invites highly prestigious keynote speakers, subjects paper proposal submissions to a very strict double-blind review process, and offers the prestigious ISC Best Paper Award which carries a $1,000 cash value.

ISC provides an opportunity for scholars to exchange ideas and advance their research in strategic management and related fields such as entrepreneurship and international business. ISC is held every two years and is hosted by different Israeli universities on a rotating basis.

ISC was founded by Niron Hashai, Dovev Lavie, and Ithai Stern, with the help and advice of Avi Meshulach, Zur Shapira, and the late Avi Fiegenbaum. The first conference was held December 2007 in Jerusalem, with more than a hundred participants from all over the world. Over the years, the conference
has grown to over 160 attendees. We hope that the upcoming conference in Haifa and the ones to follow will continue to draw a growing number of participants.

ISC offers a variety of opportunities to get involved, including special session organizers, keynote speakers, panelists, presenters, discussants, volunteers, and sponsors.

Email us at for more information about these opportunities.

Niron Hashai

Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

Dovev Lavie

Bocconi University

Zur Shapira

New York University

Ithai Stern


Gabriel Szulanski


Uriel Stettner

Tel Aviv University

Amir Sasson

BI Norwegian Business School

Shiko Ben-Menahem

ETH Zurich

Dana Sheffer

Technion University

Sharon Klein-Raz

Administrative Coordinator

Conference Information / the 7th Israel Strategy Conference

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17 December 2017

Doctoral consortium
7:45am: Busses from Hotels to Technion (Doctoral consortium participants)
8:00am-4:45pm: Doctoral Consortium
5:00pm: Busses from Technion to Hotels (Doctoral consortium participants)

Regular program
6:45pm: Busses from Hotels to Technion
7:00pm: Opening Reception and Keynote
10:00pm: Busses from Technion to Hotels

18 December 2017

8:00am: ISC Busses from Hotels to Technion
8:15am-8:45am: Reception and Conference Registration
8:45am-5:00pm: Conference Program
5:15pm: Busses from Technion to Hotels
6:30pm: Busses from Hotels to Social Event
6:45pm-10pm: Social event
10:30: Busses from Social Event to Hotels

19 December 2017

8:30am: Busses from Hotels to Technion
9:00am-6:00pm: Conference Program and Award Ceremony
6:00pm: Closing Reception
6:15pm: Busses from Technion to Hotels

  • April 1, 2017: Submission and registration opens.
  • June 1, 2017: Submission deadline.
  • July 1, 2017: Application deadline Doctoral Consortium
  • Mid July, 2017: Notices to authors indicating whether the proposed paper has been selected for inclusion in the conference program, and whether it has been accepted to a paper session or an interactive session.
  • August 15, 2017: Registration deadline for presenting authors.
  • November 1, 2017:
    • Deadline for authors of paper sessions to submit an updated abstract and the full-length paper
    • Deadline for authors of poster sessions to submit an updated short abstract.
  • December 17-19, 2017: Israel Strategy Conference, Haifa
  • December 17, 2017: ISC Doctoral Consortium





  • Students must present valid student ID upon admission to the conference
  • To register for the social event add $100 per person

Please fill out the form below to register for the social event and/or day trips.

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I want to register for the Day Trip to Akko and Rosh Hanikra on December 18th, 2017
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I want to register for the Day Trip to Caesarea, Tel Aviv and Jaffa on December 19th, 2017
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Please remember to pay for your social event / family trips using the ISC Secure Payment System. You may add the fees to your conference registration fee by changing the total amount in the payment form or pay directly.

Congratulations on your acceptance to the ISC 2017 Paper Session Program! Below please find some guidelines for preparing your presentation.

We want to encourage individual paper presentations and entire sessions to be interesting, stimulating, and engaging. You will have about 15 minutes to present your paper. Your presentation will be followed by a short discussion by a discussant, and a Q&A with the audience. Towards the end of the 75 minutes session, the discussant will spend additional time integrating the papers and offering suggestions for improvement and development.

The standard meeting room will include a computer, an LCD projector with a screen, a flip chart, and markers. Please prepare your presentation using PowerPoint and bring your presentation file on a USB stick.

Please arrive at your session’s meeting room at least 10 minutes before the session begins. Take time to familiarize yourself with the room set-up. The discussant or one of the organizers will help you upload your presentation to the computer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the organizing committee.

Congratulations on getting your work accepted for presentation at the “Research Bazaar” at ISC 2017! The objective of this session is to benefit from the advantages of traditional poster and interactive sessions while avoiding their disadvantages. Traditional poster sessions offer participants an opportunity to visually present their research in a clear and concise way, but limit their ability to present their research verbally in a formal manner. Interactive sessions, on the other hand, offer participants an opportunity to discuss their research, but suffer from the lack of visual aids. The Research Bazaar session will provide you the opportunity to both visually present your research, using a poster, and the time and place to discuss your research with others.

To that end, accepted proposals have been grouped by topic. Each group of presenters has been reserved a designated a room where posters will be displayed and presentations will be given, with the coordination of an assigned facilitator. You have about 5 minutes to present your work. After all presenters have completed their formal presentations, in the remaining time, you will have the opportunity to informally discuss your work with the audience and with other presenters.  With only 5 minutes per presentation, please use this limited time to talk about the following items:

  • The paper’s research question and why it is interesting.
  • The paper’s main premise and hypotheses.
  • The research setting.
  • The paper’s main findings and conclusions.

Please update the submission system with your abstract of up to 1000 characters by November 1st, 2017. This abstract will be included in the ISC Abstracts document and distributed to conference participants.


Points to consider when preparing your presentation:

  • We want to encourage papers and presentations to be interesting, stimulating, and engaging.
  • Please arrive at your session’s meeting area at least 10 minutes before the session begins. Hang your poster and take time to familiarize yourself with the set-up. The facilitator or one of the organizers will help you hang your poster if needed.


Points to consider when designing your poster:

  • The standard poster size is A0: 1189mm x 841mm, 46.82 inches x 33.11 inches.
  • Divide the contents of your poster into appropriate sections. For instance, title, author, affiliation, research question, methodology, data, results, and conclusions.
  • Posters should be readable from a distance of at least two meters. Use font size 16 or larger. You may also want to bring hand-outs for the audience. This can be especially helpful for figures and information presented in tabular form.
  • Be concise with your written material. Save elaborative points for discussion/interaction with other presenters.  For conclusions, focus on a central finding that lends itself to informal discussion.
  • Use graphs, charts and/or tables (color if possible) to show results. Graphics help make your poster interesting.
  • A neutral poster or matte board is more amenable to the eye than a bright colored background. A splash of color here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your poster “stand out” from the crowd.
  • A mailing tube or portfolio case is recommended for transporting your poster.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the organizing committee.

Select paper proposals which receive the highest assessment in the review process will be nominated as finalists for the ISC Best Paper Award. The finalists will be asked to submit a full paper for an additional blind-review process by a distinguished panel. The selected winner(s) of the Fiegenbaum Best Paper Award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. The winning paper will be announced in the concluding session of ISC.

Keynote Speakers / distinguished scholars speaking at ISC 2017

Javier Gimeno


Marvin Lieberman


Christopher L. Tucci

EPFL Lausanne

Shaker Zahra

University of Minnesota

gimeno-2Javier Gimeno is Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he holds the Aon Dirk Verbeek Chair in International Risk and Strategic Management. Javier’s research focuses on understanding competitive strategy decisions, and how these decisions lead to competitive interactions and performance consequences. He has done research and developed pedagogical materials in industries like travel and transportation (airlines), mobile telecommunication services, energy, and computer equipment. His current research integrates a risk management perspective on the analysis of strategic opportunities.

hqdefaultMarvin Lieberman is a Professor in the Policy area at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Professor Lieberman’s current research focuses on issues relating to (1) market entry and (2) productivity and performance comparisons of American and foreign manufacturing firms. His broader teaching and research interests are in the areas of competitive strategy, industrial economics and operations management. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, on topics such as cost reduction and productivity improvement, market entry and exit, and strategic investment.

tucc-2Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. Dr. Tucci’’s primary area of interest is in technological change and how waves of technological changes influence entrant / incumbent dynamics. He is also studying how the technological changes brought about by the popularization of the Internet affect firms in different industries.

zahra-2Shaker A. Zahra is the Department Chair, Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Shaker’s research examines: (1) entrepreneurial knowledge and capability development in global industries; (2) international entrepreneurship & capability development; and (3) the role of corporate entrepreneurship in knowledge creation, absorption and conversion.

Doctoral Consortium

ISC will be holding its annual Doctoral Consortium on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 9AM to 4PM. The world of research is all about communicating with a community of scholars with overlapping interests. Doctoral consortia are most valuable in providing an intimate setting for a cohort of doctoral students to get to know each other and meet senior scholars in the field. The ISC Doctoral Consortium aims to offer such a setting for Ph.D. students interested in conducting cutting-edge research in strategy and related areas.

The consortium is organized by Gino Cattani (NYU) and Niron Hashai (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya) and features an international panel of senior faculty members.

The Consortium is comprised of three components:

  1. Current and future themes in Strategy: panelists will present their views of emerging “hot” topics in the general management field, and students will be invited to suggest ideas and jointly speculate how they may play in the wider audience of strategy research.
  2. Getting published in top journals: a panel discussions aimed at conveying to students some proven techniques of (1) framing research questions, (2) research design, (3) packaging, (4) dealing with editors and reviewers.
  3. Thesis Development workshop: a select group of doctoral students will have an opportunity to present their research and receive guidance and commentary from senior faculty. Selection for this workshop is highly competitive. Students admitted to this program will receive a 50% discount on the ISC registration fee (the doctoral consortium will be offered at no charge to all attending students).

Gino Cattani

New York University

Niron Hashai

Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

Georg von Krogh
Georg von Krogh
ETH Zurich
Aharon Cohen-Mohliver
Aharon Cohen-Mohliver
London Business School
Michaël Bikard
Michaël Bikard
London Business School
Shaker Zahra
Shaker Zahra
University of Minnesota
Marvin Lieberman
Marvin Lieberman
Dovev Lavie
Dovev Lavie
Bocconi University
Ithai Stern
Ithai Stern
Brent Goldfarb
Brent Goldfarb
University of Maryland
Andrew Shipilov
Andrew Shipilov

Doctoral students in the proposal/dissertation stage will have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback in a thesis development workshop. Students attending the doctoral consortium must register to the Israel Strategy Conference (ISC). Only electronic applications will be considered. Student discount rates apply. An additional 50% discount will be offered to students presenting their research at the Thesis Development workshop.

Admission preference will be given to students whose research is at the dissertation proposal stage. Doctoral students who do not wish to present their research at the thesis development workshop are still invited to apply and attend the doctoral consortium. Only those students wishing to present their research will be required to submit an abstract and a nomination letter. The dissertation should be sufficiently developed to allow for a clear presentation of the theory and research design, but leave significant room for revision based on comments received at the consortium. A nomination letter by a faculty member relating to the state of the applicant’s dissertation research is required as part of the application process.

To apply, please complete the application form below and upload the following documents:

– A Curriculum Vitae.

Students applying to the Thesis Development workshop should also submit:

– A brief abstract of your dissertation research. The abstract should be no longer than two pages of text and one page of references (adhering to the ISC proposal submission guidelines).

– A signed nomination letter from a supervising faculty member attesting that the student is in good standing and referring to the progress of the applicant’s dissertation research.

All of the documents should be integrated in one file (.pdf or .doc).

The application deadline for students wishing to present their work is July 1st 2017.

The application deadline for students wishing to attend without presentation is November 1st 2017.

If you have questions regarding the doctoral consortium, please contact Gino Cattani (

Conference Location / Technion, Haifa

The 2017 Israel Strategy Conference will be held at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.  Technion is a global pioneer in teaching and research in fields such as biotechnology, stem cells, space, computer science, nanotechnology, and energy, with 12,850 students and 80 graduate programs.


Haifa  is the third-largest city in the State of Israel. The city of Haifa forms part of the Haifa metropolitan area, the third-most populous metropolitan area in Israel. It is also home to the Bahá’í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a destination for Baha’i pilgrims.

Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the settlement has a history spanning more than 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: being conquered and ruled by the Phoenicians, Persians, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, British, and the Israelis. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the Haifa Municipality has governed the city.

As of 2016, the city is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometres (24.6 sq mi). It lies about 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel.

The city plays an important role in Israel’s economy. It is home to Matam, one of the oldest and largest high-tech parks in the country; Haifa also owns the only underground rapid transit system located in Israel, known as The Carmelit. Haifa Bay is a center of heavy industry, petroleum refining and chemical processing. Haifa formerly functioned as the western terminus of an oil pipeline from Iraq via Jordan.

For more information about Haifa

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Attendees of ISC can benefit from special rates at the following hotels:
(Shuttle services will be available from these hotels to the Technion)

Dan Carmel Haifa

As the first exclusive hotel in the City of Haifa, The Dan Carmel’s perfectly placed mountain top location allows for panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea with a breathtaking backdrop. Overlooking Haifa Bay and the Galil & Golan Landscapes, the sheer magnificence is simply overwhelming.
The Dan Carmel’s recently refurbished rooms and suites are all designed with classic and elegant tones, complete with modern accessories and luxurious comforts, as expected in the best hotels in the world. Extra-Large bathrooms designed for indulgence and 42-Inch LED screens with multimedia outlets enable you to relax and unwind after a rigorous day of touring or work.
Dan Carmel’s stylish lobby and public areas are a perfect place to gather ones thoughts, and the large swimming pool, hidden between the all trees of the luscious gardens, create an enchanting relaxation zone, enabling one to reconnect and re-energize.

Rate per night on bed & breakfast basis:

Deluxe Sea View – 200$

Supplement for double room: 45$ per room per night.

Special Benefits for conference guests:

  • Free entrance to business lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi internet

Reservations at Dan Carmel


Dan Panorama Haifa

The Dan Panorama Hotel, rising twenty-one stories high on Mount Carmel, offers you a choice of spectacular views: one side commands a splendid panorama of the city of Haifa, Mount Carmel and the sea. Another vantage point presents the huge curve of Haifa Bay and the endless stretches of Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline. The only Haifa hotel that’s a city landmark, the Dan Panorama Hotel is contemporary in style with spacious public areas and guest rooms featuring floor to ceiling windows. The hotel also adjoins the city’s upscale Panorama Mall that houses fine boutiques, elegant cafes and entertainment venues. Close by are the outdoor coffee bars and stores of the bustling Carmel Center, a favorite gathering place for visitors and locals. Designed for the young at heart, the informal, easy-going ambiance of this Haifa hotel invites you to relax and feel at home.

Rate per night on bed & breakfast basis:

Superior Room – 140$

Supplement for double room: 20$ per room per night.

Special Benefits for conference guests:

  • Free entrance to business lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi internet

Reservations at Dan Panorama


Haifa Bay View Hotel

The new Haifa Bay View Hotel is located at the top of Mount Carmel overlooking the spectacular view of Haifa Bay. It features 109 sea-facing guestrooms and suites ideal for vacations as well as business accommodation.

Hotel guests are welcomed by a unique, energetic entrance complex featuring an open lobby, restaurants and a bar. Relaxing lounge areas combine chic and comfort to provide a contemporary working environment and at the same time a recreational setting for social gathering or a culinary treat. The lobby offers a variety of menus throughout the day: Chinese menu, Dairy menu and a wine and alcohol menu.

Bayview Haifa Hotel offers the ideal location near the Carmel tourist sites, within walking distance from the entertainment center, including coffee shops, shops, the Carmelit (the sole underground in Israel), Louis Promenade – from which you can enter and explore the wonders of the Bahai Gardens, the Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, art galleries and museums, and a short drive from the University of Haifa and the Technion.

Rate per night on bed & breakfast basis:

Single Standard Room – 115$

Single Deluxe Room – 145$

Supplement for double room: 30$ per room per night.

Supplement for Dinner: 40$ per meal, per person, per day.

Special Benefits for conference guests:

  • Daily newspaper upon request
  • Free Wi-Fi internet

Download Haifa Bay View Hotel reservation form

Please e-mail your completed reservation form to:

December in Haifa is an amazing opportunity to experience co-existence, harmony, and beautiful neighborhoods in the time of “the holiday of the holidays”.

We will enjoy the views of beautiful Haifa from the Loui promenade, and walk to the spectacular Bahai gardens. The route continues along the German colony with its Hannuka and Christmas lights.

After the tour, we will continue for a fun night out at a unique dining site located at the heart of the Carmel Mountain. Dinner will be followed by a live music show by the ‘Ritalin Band‘ with top-notch musicians and a rich repertoire of different music styles. It will be a great party!

Price USD 100 per participant / companion

Register for the social event.


Day 1: December 18th 2017 – Tour to Akko and Rosh Hanikra
09:00-16:00. Price: USD 130 per person

The Mediterranean shore provides and outstanding view with a rich history.

We will travel back in time to the Crusaders and Ottomans era and visit underground Akko and the Turkish bath. We will drive along the sea to the Northern point of Western Israel–Rosh Hanikra, where we will enjoy the beautiful setting of ice caves and the waves. Lunch is included.

Register for this day trip.


Day 2: December 19th 2017 – Tour to Caesarea, Tel Aviv and Jaffa
08:30-17:30. Price: USD 115 per person

Throughout history, many empires have tried to conquer Israel due to its strategic location. We will meet Herod the Great and his magnificent port city of Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the ancient theater. We continue our drive South along the shore all to way to Jaffa–with its history dating back to early antiquity. We will end the day in Sarona Market, a commercial area in a former 19th Century German colony, which today is a lively gastronomic hotspot.

Register for this day trip.


Conference Sponsors

Past Conferences

Ben Gurion University, Be’er Scheva , 2009

Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 2010

Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, 2012

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2015

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