Ken G. Smith joined the University of Rhode Island in 2010 as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the College of Business Administration. Formally, he held the Dean's Chair and was Professor of Business Strategy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park.
Ken 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, 2006) and co-edited the International Handbook of Organizational Teamwork and Cooperative Working (Wiley & Sons, 2003), and Great Minds in Management (Oxford Publishing, 2005).
Ken'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 Krowe Award for outstanding teaching from the Smith School of Business, and was granted the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award in 1996. 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 elected a fellow of the Strategic Management Society in 2009. From 2006-2007 he served as President of the Academy of Management, the world’s largest management professional organization.