Competitive Strategy


Summer Institute in Competitive Strategy, University of California, Berkeley, 19-23 Jun 2023; Deadline 28 Feb

POSTING TYPE: Calls: Conferences

Author: Preyas Desai

SICS 2023


All interested researchers are invited to participate in the 21st Summer Institute in Competitive Strategy (SICS), scheduled for June 19th to June 23rd, 2023  at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. The Summer Institute is scheduled to occur in-person, subject to university policies.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide a setting that enables researchers interested in competitive strategy in marketing to meet and discuss research in this area for an extended period, exchange ideas, and engage in collaborative work.

The research area will be competitive strategy broadly defined, including both theoretical and empirical work. Topics covered may potentially include pricing, branding, product design, new product development, advertising, promotion, distribution channels, sales force management, customer relationship management, strategic alliances, digital marketing, e-commerce, social media marketing, marketing analytics, market design, ML/AI in marketing, and psychological phenomena relevant to competitive strategy.

The meeting will consist of the presentation of approximately fifteen research papers over the five days of the meeting. Each presentation will take an hour and a half, which includes presentation and discussion. In addition, time and space will be provided for the participants to engage in conversations and joint research. Current and past supporters of the conference include the Yale Center for Customer Insights, the Gilbert Center, the Fisher Center for Business Analytics, the Institute for Business Innovation, the Marketing Science Institute, and the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science.

Throughout the year, updated information on SICS will be posted to

Registration: Standard registration for the meeting can be made online at by June 1, 2023. The registration fee is $375.

Papers: Researchers interested in submitting a paper to be presented at SICS should submit the paper or abstract by February 28, 2023  to

The papers will be selected by the SICS 2023 Co-Chairs based on quality, relevance to competitive strategy, and facilitation of breadth of topics discussed. Some preference may be given to papers by junior faculty and some papers may be directly solicited from the authors. Working papers to be presented at the meeting should be available by June 1, 2023.

Doctoral students: Doctoral students interested in competitive strategy are welcome.  They should apply to register by April 15, 2023 to All applications should include a resumé and a recommendation letter from the thesis advisor.

For more information about SICS, the Haas School, UC-Berkeley, lodging options, etc., please see

We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley.


Preyas Desai
Duke University

Kanishka Misra
University of California, San Diego