Welcome to the homepage for the Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop, "Lean Startups and Innovation Strategy."

The 2019 workshop took place at the Boston Hynes Convention Center from 2:00pm to 4:30pm on Saturday 10th August as part of the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Boston. Presenters' slides from this session can be found on this page and slides from the workshop introduction are here.

The abstract for the workshop is as follows:

Over the past ten years there has been a quiet revolution in how entrepreneurial managers think about strategy and innovation. The ‘Lean Startup’ method has been widely adopted by entrepreneurs, and the principles it embodies have guided many new venture launches and product innovations. Established corporations have attempted to adopt these practices for their in-house innovation efforts with varying levels of success. Academic work explicitly addressing the Lean Startup method is, however, limited. While many underlying principles of the Lean Startup method are already present in the academic literature, emerging work suggests a research-reality gap between extant theory and practice inspired by the Lean Startup method. What new research questions does the Lean Startup movement open up? In our fourth iteration of this highly popular workshop, we will continue our discussion of these issues, and others. A panel of leading scholars will share their perspectives on interesting directions for future research, and round-table discussion will allow participants to exchange ideas and get feedback on the viability of possible research topics.

Four iterations of this workshop have now been held, at the Academy of Management Annual Meetings in Anaheim (2016), Atlanta (2017), Chicago (2018), and Boston (2019). Each was very well attended and stimulated a lot of discussion. As organizers we extend our thanks to the AOM's TIM division, ENT division, and STR division, for sponsoring the PDWs, and to our excellent sets of speakers and our highly engaged audience members for participating in these workshops! Thank you!

David Clough, Sourobh Ghosh, & Andy Wu