Department of Strategic Management and Globalization

Nicolai J.

Room: KIL/14.A-2.58
E-mail: njf.smg@cbs.dk
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • Strategic management (particularly the resource-based view and micro-foundations for strategic management)

  • Organizational design (particularly as it pertains to knowledge processes, including open innovation).

  • Entrepreneurship (cross-country analyses; strategic entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship theory).

  • The methodology of the social sciences

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Nicolai J. Foss is a Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Department of Strategy and Globalization, Copenhagen Business School.
Foss has served as a member of the Senate of the CBS, is a panel member of the European Research Council, member of Academia Europaea, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society. Educated as an economist from the Copenhagen University (1989), Foss has received his PhD degree from the Copenhagen Business School in 1993, where he has been Assistant, Associate and Full Professor.
Encompassing 170 journal articles, 100  book chapters and 23 books (edited as well as monographs), his work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and several other leading journals. He has published books with leading publishers, such as Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.His google scholar cites are above 18,000 and his SSCI cites are above 4,000. Foss has supervised 19 PhD students.



Selected publications
  • (with Libby Weber) “Putting Opportunism in the Back Seat: Bounded Rationality, Costly Conflict and Hierarchical Forms.” Academy of Management Review (2016).
  • (with Francesco Rullani and Lars Frederiksen). “Problem-solving Behaviors in Community Forms.”  Strategic Management Journal (2016).
  • (with Julian Birkinshaw and Siegwart Lindenberg). “Purpose With Profits: How to Make Your Pro-Social Goals Pay.” MIT Sloan Management Review, 55 (2): 49-56 (2014).
  • (with Peter G Klein). “Why Managers Still Matter”. MIT Sloan Management Review, 56 (1) 73-81 (2014). (Spanish language version in Harvard Deusto Business Review, 2015).
  • (with Niklas Hallberg). “How Symmetrical Assumptions Facilitate Theoretical Advance in Strategic Management: the Case of the Resource-based View.” Strategic Management Journal, 35:  903–913 (2014).
  • (with Jacob Lyngsie and Shaker Zahra). “The Role of External Knowledge Sources and Organizational Design in the Process of Opportunity Exploitation.” Strategic Management Journal, 34: 1453–1471 (2013).
  • (with Christian Asmussen and Torben Pedersen). “Knowledge Complementarities and Thresholds: Evidence from European MNCs,” Journal of Management, 39: 1397-1429  (2013).
  • (with Nicholas Argyres, Teppo Felin, and Todd Zenger) “The Organizational Economics of Organizational Capability: a Research Agenda”. Organization Science 23: 1213-1226 (2012).
  • (with Anna Jonsson). “International Expansion Through Flexible Replication: Learning From the Internationalization Experience of IKEA,” Journal of International Business Studies 42, 1079–1102 (2011).
  • (with Mia Reinholt and Torben Pedersen). “Why a Central Network Position Isn’t Enough: the Moderating Roles of Motivation and Ability for Knowledge Sharing in Employee Networks.” Academy of Management Journal 54: 1277-1297. (2011)
  • (with Siegwart Lindenberg). „Managing Motivation for Joint Production: The Role of Goal Framing and Governance Mechanisms.” Academy of Management Review 36: 500-525 (2011).
  • (with Keld Laursen and Torben Pedersen) “Linking Customer Interaction and Innovation: The Mediating Role of New Organizational Practices,” Organization Science, 22: 980-999. (2011).
  • (with Henk Volberda and Marjorie Lyles). “Absorbing the Concept of Absorptive Capacity: How To Realize Its Potential in the Organization Field,” Organization Science, 21: 931-951 (2010)


Kim Bongsun; Eonsoo Kim; Nicolai Juul Foss / Balancing Absorptive Capacity and Inbound Open Innovation for Sustained Innovative Performance : An Attention-Based View.
In: European Management Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2016, p. 80-90
Journal article
Kirsten Foss; Nicolai Juul Foss; Peter G. Klein / Managerial Authority in the Coasean Firm : An Entrepreneurial Perspective.
In: The Elgar Companion to Ronald H. Coase. ed. /Claude Ménard; Elodie Bertrand. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated 2016, p. 160-171
Book chapter
Kristian J. Sund; Marcel Bogers; J. Andrei Villarroel; Nicolai Juul Foss / Managing Tensions Between New and Existing Business Models
In: M I T Sloan Management Review, Vol. 57, No. 4, 2016, p. 8-10
Journal article
Nicolai Juul Foss; Libby Weber / Moving Opportunism to the Back Seat : Bounded Rationality. Costly Conflict, and Hierarchical Forms.
In: Academy of Management Review, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2016, p. 61-79
Journal article
Nicolai Juul Foss / Reflections on a Decade of Microfoundations Research
In: Revista de Administração (São Paulo), Vol. 51, No. 1, 2016, p. 117-120
Journal article
Oscar Llopis; Nicolai Juul Foss / Understanding the Climate-knowledge Sharing Relation : The Moderating Roles of intrinsic Motivation and Job Autonomy.
In: European Management Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, 4.2016, p. 135-144
Journal article
Diego Stea; Kirsten Foss; Nicolai Juul Foss / A Neglected Role for Organizational Design : Supporting the Credibility of Delegation in Organizations.
In: Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2015, p. 3-17
Journal article
Stefan Linder; Nicolai Juul Foss / Agency Theory
In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. ed. /James D. Wright. Amsterdam : Elsevier Science 2015, p. 344-350
Encyclopedia chapter
Nicolai Juul Foss; Nils Stiglitz / Business Model Innovation : The Role of Leadership.
In: Business Model Innovation: The Organizational Dimension. . ed. /Nicolai J. Foss; Tina Saebi. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2015, p. 104-122
Book chapter
Nicolai Juul Foss (Editor) ; Tina Saebi (Editor) / Business Model Innovation : The Organizational Dimension.
Oxford : Oxford University Press 2015, 336 p.
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