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

The 2018 workshop took place at the Swissotel Chicago on Saturday 11th August as part of the AOM Annual Meeting in Chicago. Presentations from the 2018 workshop can be found here. Those from earlier workshops can be found here (2017) and here (2016).

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’ process and the ‘Business Model Canvas’ have been widely adopted by entrepreneurs, and the principles they embody 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 third 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.

Three iterations of this workshop have now been held, at the Academy of Management Annual Meetings in Anaheim (2016), Atlanta (2017), and Chicago (2018). 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 PDW, and to our excellent set of speakers and our highly engaged audience members for participating in these workshops! Thank you!

David Clough, Sourobh Ghosh, & Andy Wu