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Sixth Annual Meeting -- May 19 to 21, 2009
At Emory University's Goizueta Business School

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (alphabetically):

  • Rajshree Agarwal, University of Illinois
  • Juan Alcacer, Harvard University
  • Bruce Kogut, Columbia University
  • Marvin Lieberman, UCLA
  • Joe Porac, New York University


  • Russell Coff, Emory University


  • Rich Makadok, Emory University


  • Russ Coff & Rich Makadok, Emory University
  • Asli Arikan, Ilgaz Arikan, Bill Bogner, Irene Duhaime, & Greg Henley, Georgia State University
  • Marco Ceccagnoli, Vivek Ghosal, & Frank Rothaermel, Georgia Institute of Technology

Academic Sponsors:

The Roberto C. Goizueta School of Business at Emory University
The J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University
The College of Management at Georgia Institute of Technology


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Herman J. Russell, Sr. International Center for Entrepreneurship
Beckmill Research

The "big picture" strategy questions...

  • Where do competitive & distinctive advantages come from, and how are they sustained?
  • Why do some companies & new ventures consistently outperform their competitors?
  • Why do some businesses succeed in the same industry environments where others fail?
  • And what, if anything, can managers and entrepreneurs actually do about it?

The aim of this annual conference series is to improve our ability to answer these "big picture" questions and other related questions by engaging some of the world's top researchers on competitive advantage in Atlanta for 3 days each year. 

We expect to:

  • Share cutting-edge research, ideas, and theories.
  • Foster collaborative research efforts.
  • Build a worldwide association and network of researchers who are dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge about competitive advantage.

The conference organizers invite the submission of unpublished working papers that advance the state of knowledge about competitive advantage...

  • Conference registration fee will be WAIVED for ALL authors of accepted papers. Authors of accepted papers will also receive catered meals and deeply discounted hotel rates (but will be expected to pay for their own hotel, airfare, & other travel expenses).  
  • Submitted papers will undergo a selection process, NOT a formal review process -- so we will not provide reviews or other feedback on any submitted manuscript.
  • Submitting a paper represents a commitment that at least one of the authors will attend and participate in whatever session the paper gets scheduled for, whenever during the conference that session is scheduled. Authors who commit to attend and participate but then fail to do so, for any reason other than an immediate genuine emergency, may be excluded from participation in future ACAC meetings.
  • In addition to regular paper-presentation sessions, authors may also choose to allow their submitted papers to be considered for two other alternative session formats: a poster-presentation session (held at the time and place where refreshments are being served, in order to maximize audience size), or a research-development workshop session (where authors to provide feedback to each other on their papers, under the guidance of an experienced facilitator).
  • Papers must be submitted via the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) conference submission system at Submitters must create a SSRN account. Any technical problems with the SSRN submission system should be reported by e-mailing or calling 877-SSRNHELP (877.777.6435 or 585.442.8170). 
  • Papers must be submitted in PDF format, but documents can be converted to PDF format for FREE (with no software required) by using any of five on-line file-conversion web sites -– see the submission web page above for links and details. 
  • When submitting a paper, please select 3 to 5 topic codes from the ACAC topics list that best describe your paper's topic. These codes are listed under topic headings in the Classification section of the submission process. 
  • The DEADLINE for submissions is Friday February 27, 2009.

Additional information about the Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference is available on-line at:

For any questions or technical problems about the SSRN submission system, please e-mail or call 877-SSRNHELP (877.777.6435 or 585.442.8170).

For any questions or comments about the conference or its policies, please e-mail





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