Following the popularity of this session in Anaheim in 2016, we are delighted to invite you to a thought-provoking PDW at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Atlanta at which we’ll ask the questions: Do Lean Startup methodologies constitute a new paradigm for innovation strategy? And what research avenues does the Lean Startup phenomenon open up to scholars? [abstract below]

We are pleased to present an exciting panel of speakers and discussants:

*Vikas Aggarwal; INSEAD

*Robert D. Austin; Ivey Business School

*Aaron Chatterji; Duke U.

*Gary Dushnitsky; London Business School

*Nathan Furr; INSEAD

*Alfonso Gambardella; Bocconi U.

*Sourobh Ghosh; Harvard Business School

*Douglas Hannah; UT-Austin

*David Hsu; U. of Pennsylvania

*Rembrand Koning; Harvard Business School

*Ted Ladd; Hult International Business School

*Hart Posen; U. of Wisconsin

*Maciej Workiewicz; ESSEC

The PDW will take place on Saturday, Aug 5; 2:00PM-4:30PM at Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Regency Ballroom V

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We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Andy Wu & David Clough

PDW Organizers

Abstract: "Over the past ten years there has been a quiet revolution in how entrepreneurs think about business planning and innovation. The ‘Lean Startup’ process and the ‘Business Model Canvas’ have become widely used tools for entrepreneurs, and the principles they embody have guided many new venture launches and product innovations. Many established corporations have attempted to adopt or adapt these practices for their in-house innovation efforts, with varying levels of success. Academic work explicitly addressing the Lean Startup method is, however, scarce. Is this because the underlying principles of the Lean Startup method are already present in the academic literature, just under different labels? Or is there a research- reality gap? What new research questions does the Lean Startup movement open up? And are large companies wise to be trying this practice? This PDW will fuel a discussion of these issues. A panel of leading scholars will share their perspectives on interesting directions for future research. Following this, participants will have the chance to interact with the panelists and with each other in a roundtable discussion, exchanging ideas and getting feedback on the viability of possible research topics."