Curtis M. Grimm Memorial Best Paper Award
The conference’s best paper award is named in recognition of Curt Grimm’s monumental contribution to competitive dynamics research. Curt passed away in December 2018, a mere six months after he delivered the keynote address at the first Competitive Dynamics Conference in June of that year. Curt earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in economics from the University of California-Berkeley. He was hired as a professor at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business in 1983 where he remained as an influential and accomplished scholar and caring mentor to dozens of doctoral students for his entire career. Along with his frequent research co-author and friend, Ken G. Smith, Curt helped pioneer the field of competitive dynamics which began in earnest in the late 1980s. Since then the field has grown exponentially and is poised to continue its upward trajectory for years to come thanks to Curt’s legacy of creative scholarship, steady mentorship, and warm friendship to many of us who are proud to call ourselves members of the competitive dynamics family.