Stephen (Steve) Smulowitz is a Term Research Professor at the IMD Global Board Center. His major research interests are in corporate governance and pay incentives. Additionally, his research examines the relations between and among community embeddedness, diversity and firm performance.
Steve’s research has been published in several internationally recognized scholarly journals, including Strategic Management Journal and Human Relations.
Steve has won several awards for his research. His paper in Human Relations was nominated for Best Paper of the Year for 2019. He was awarded the “Best Paper Award” at the 2018 EIASM 15th Workshop on Corporate Governance, the “Best Paper in Track Winner for Strategy Track” at the 2018 Southern Management Society Conference, the “Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper Award” at the 2017 Southern Management Society Conference, and was a Finalist for the Best PhD Paper Prize at the 2016 Strategic Management Society Conference in Berlin, Germany.
Steve holds a PhD in Management from IESE Business School, a Master’s Degree in Management from IE Business School and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Prior to joining IMD, Steve practiced law for several years in the areas of securities law, commercial litigation, and corporate law. He worked as a law clerk on the Delaware Court of Chancery, as an associate attorney at the international law firm Skadden Arps, and as a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC.
Steve is deeply committed to helping his community. His community service includes previous work for the Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, and as a pro bono attorney for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services. In recognition of his public service, Steve was awarded the “Achievement Award for Distinguished Pro Bono Service” from the Delaware State Bar Association.
Steve is also an Ad Hoc Reviewer for Human Relations and the Journal of Business Ethics.