Department of Strategic Management and Globalization

Phillip Christopher
Associate professor
Dr. rer. soc. oec.

Room: KIL/14A-2.66
E-mail: pcn.smg@cbs.dk

Phillip is a Professor of International Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is also affiliated with the Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at Copenhagen Business School.

Phillip holds a European Master of Business Sciences (EMBSc) and a Diplom-Kaufmann from University of Bamberg and ESC Clermont-Ferrand. He received his doctorate and his habilitation from WU Wien.

Before joining academia, Phillip gained considerable industry experience as a consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He has conducted projects and research in cooperation with firms such as Walter Bau, Gerresheimer, Kone, Puma, Boehringer Ingelheim, ATB, Nike, and T-Systems as well as non-profit organizations such as Diakonie, giving him lots of insights into practice.

Phillip is widely experienced both in degree-course and executive education. Besides Copenhagen and Vienna, he has taught at ESADE Business School in Spain, Università di Padova, Universität Linz, and at VSE in Prague.

Research Interest

His research interests are centered on the organization of the multinational corporation, the management of subsidiaries, and the role headquarters play in large and complex organizations. Furthermore, he is interested in the role analytics and data management play for strategic decision making and firm performance. His research has been accepted for publication in Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning, Journal of International Management, Journal of World Business, and Research Policy among others. He is currently on the editorial board of Journal of International Business Studies, the most important journal in the field of international business.

Primary research areas
  • Interorganizational relationships

  • Headquarters configurations and headquarters value-added within MNCs

  • The organization of the multinational corporation

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Selected publications
  • Hoenen, A., Nell, P.C. and Ambos, B. Forthcoming. Entrepreneurial capabilities at the regional level - the role of intra-regional similarity and regional embeddedness. Long Range Planning.

  • Nell, P. C. and B. Ambos. Forthcoming. Parenting Advantage in the MNC: An Embeddedness Perspective on the Value Added by Headquarters. Strategic Management Journal.

  • K. Foss, N. Foss and P.C. Nell. 2012. MNC Organizational Form and Subsidiary Motivation Problem: Controlling Intervention Hazards in the Network MNC. Journal of International Management 18 (3), 247-259.

  • Nell, P. C., B. Ambos and B. B. Schlegelmilch. 2012. The MNC as an externally embedded organization: An investigation of embeddedness overlap in local subsidiary networks. Journal of World Business (46), p. 497-505.

  • Piekkari, R., Nell, P.C. and Ghauri, P. 2010. Regional Management as a System - A Longitudinal Study. Management International Review, 50, p. 513-532. 

  • M. L. Lehrer, P. C.  Nell and L. Gärber. 2009. A National Systems View of University Entrepreneurialism: Inferences from Comparison of the German and US Experience. Research Policy, 38 (2009), p. 268-280.

  • Hoenen, Anne K., Nell, Phillip C. and Ambos, Björn. 2014. MNE Entrepreneurial Capabilities at Intermediate Levels: The Roles of External Embeddedness and Heterogeneous Environments. Long Range Planning. 47, (1-2): 76-86.

  • Nell, Phillip C. and Ambos, Björn. 2013. Parenting Advantage in the MNC: An Embeddedness Perspective on the Value Added by Headquarters. Strategic Management Journal. 34 (9): 1086-1103.

Publications & dissemination
Benoit Decreton; Phillip Christopher Nell; Diego Stea / Headquarters Involvement, Socialization, and Entrepreneurial Behaviors in Mnc Subsidiaries
In: Long Range Planning, 9.6.2018
Journal article
Patricia Klopf; Phillip Christopher Nell / How “Space” and “Place” Influence Subsidiary Host Country Political Embeddedness
In: International Business Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2018, p. 186-197
Journal article
Tina Ambos; Esther Tippmann; Phillip Christopher Nell / Subsidiary Initiatives in MNCs : Network Mobilization and Fluidity Across Initiative Phases.
Paper presented at Strategic Management Society 38th Annual International Conference. , 2018
Benoit Decreton; Henrik Dellestrand; Philip Kappen; Phillip Christopher Nell / Beyond Simple Configurations : The Dual Involvement of Divisional and Corporate Headquarters in Subsidiary Innovation Activities in Multibusiness Firms.
In: M I R: Management International Review, Vol. 57, No. 6, 2017, p. 855–878
Journal article
Phillip Christopher Nell; Philip Kappen; Tomi Laamanen / Reconceptualising Hierarchies : The Disaggregation and Dispersion of Headquarters in Multinational Corporations.
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 54, No. 8, 2017, p. 1121-1143
Journal article
Nina Zobel; Phillip Christopher Nell; Björn Ambos; Sven Kunisch / The Antidote to Envy? : Socialization’s Role in Alleviating the Influence of Envy in Headquarters-subunit Alignment.
Paper presented at Strategic Management Society 37th Annual International Conference. , 2017
Alison E. Holm; Benoit Decreton; Phillip Christopher Nell; Patricia Klopf / The Dynamic Response Process to Conflicting Institutional Demands in MNC Subsidiaries : An Inductive Study in the Sub-Saharan African E-commerce Sector.
In: Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2017, p. 104-124
Journal article
Jakob Müllner; Patricia Klopf; Phillip C. Nell / Trojan Horses or Local Allies : Host-country National Managers in Developing Market Subsidiaries.
In: Journal of International Management, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2017, p. 306-325
Journal article
Sjoerd Beugelsdijk; Phillip C. Nell; Björn Ambos / When Do Distance Effects Become Empirically Observable? : An Investigation in the Context of Headquarters Value Creation for Subsidiaries.
In: Journal of International Management, Vol. 23, No. 3, 9.2017, p. 255-267
Journal article
Tatiana Kostova; Phillip Christopher Nell; Anne Kristin Hoenen / A Contextualized Model of Headquarters-subsidiary Agency Problems
Paper presented at SMS Special Conference Hong Kong, 2016
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