Keynote speakers

Becky Reuber

Becky Reuber is Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. Her research focuses on the growth strategies of entrepreneurial organizations, including internationalization, opportunity creation and the use of social media.  She is Area Editor for International Entrepreneurship at the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and is a member of the editorial board of Academy of Management PerspectivesJournal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. She served as Associate Editor of Family Business Review from 2008-2014 and is currently on the journal’s Advisory Board.

Roy Suddaby

Roy Suddaby is the Winspear Chair of Management at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. He also holds the Chair in Organization Theory at the Management School at the University of Liverpool, UK an Honorary Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and is an adjunct Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan.

Professor Suddaby is an internationally regarded scholar of organizational theory and institutional change. His work has contributed to our understanding of the critical role of symbolic resources – legitimacy, authenticity, identity and history – in improving an organization’s competitive position. His current research examines the changing social and symbolic role of the modern corporation and the intersection of craft and science in innovation.

Roy is a past editor of the Academy of Management Review and is or has been an editorial board member of the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science QuarterlyOrganization StudiesJournal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Business Venturing. He has won best-paper awards from the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management.

Roy was recently named JMI Scholar by the Western Academy of Management. Thompson Reuters identified Roy as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in business and economics in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Max von Zedtwitz

Max von Zedtwitz's research focuses on global innovation, specifically, how organizations overcome and leverage distance to innovate successfully. This research helps firms capitalize on their innovation potential, especially technology and R&D-related opportunities, in the context of changing global markets, emerging competitors, and disruptive technologies.

Max is Managing Director of the Research Center for Global R&D and Innovation (GLORAD), a network he founded in 2003 to facilitate joint research for PhD students at Tsinghua and the University of St. Gallen. The network has since grown to include researchers in Silicon Valley, Brazil, Russia, and Europe. He has visiting faculty appointments at KTU in Lithuania, USP in Sao Paulo, and SDU in Odense, Denmark. Previously, he was a professor of technology management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Skoltech in Moscow, and IMD in Lausanne. He also was a vice president/associate partner with PRTM Management Consultants in Shanghai, and ran (and later sold) a technology intelligence firm he founded in Hong Kong and Shanghai. After obtaining a PhD from the University of St. Gallen and a MSc in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, he was a postdoc at Harvard University.