Department of Strategy and Innovation


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Michael Mol
Dr. Michael J. Mol is a Professor of Strategic and International Management in the Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at Copenhagen Business School. He obtained his PhD in Strategic and International Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he also got an MSc degree with double majors in strategy and logistics. Michael further holds a CEMS Master Degree. Prior to joining CBS Michael was a Professor in and Head of the Strategy and International Business Department at Warwick Business School. In the United Kingdom he also worked at London Business School and Henley Business School. Michael is a Dutch national and has worked, studied or been an official visiting scholar at eleven universities in six countries, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds a part-time professorial appointment at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (UK).


Michael's research focuses on the strategic management of larger firms, with particular interests in innovation, especially management innovation (creation of new management practices) and open innovation, and sourcing strategy, especially offshoring and outsourcing, and strategy in Africa. He tackles these issues from a variety of theoretical and methodical angles. His numerous publications have appeared in among others Academy of Management Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Strategic Organization, and Strategic Management Journal. He has (co-)authored four books including ‘Outsourcing: Design, Process and Performance’ (Cambridge University Press) and Giant Steps in Management: Innovations that Change the Way we Work (FT Prentice Hall). Michael has won several awards for his research including the prestigious best article award from Academy of Management Review. He has also received a variety of national and international research grants. Michael serves on the editorial boards of seven academic journals, including Africa Journal of Management, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Management and Organization Review. He has been the recipient of grants from various (inter)national institutions. He appears regularly on a variety of global media outlets and has acted as a consultant to various firms and national and supranational institutions. He has a broad range of experience teaching at all levels and in program management. Michael's Google Scholar profile is:


Primary research areas
  • The strategies of large and multinational corporations
  • Sourcing strategy, particularly outsourcing and offshoring strategies
  • Innovation, especially management innovation (the creation of new management practices) and open innovation


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Michael J. Mol; Nicolai Juul Foss; Julian Birkinshaw / The System of Management Ideas : Origins, Microfoundations, and Dynamics.
In: The Oxford Handbook of Management Ideas. ed. /Andrew Sturdy; Stefan Heusinkveld; Trish Reay; David Strang. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2019, p. 25-41
Book chapter > peer review
Michael J. Mol; Kristin Brandl / Bridging What We Know : The Effect of Cognitive Distance on Knowledge-intensive Business Services Produced Offshore .
In: International Business Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, 6.2018, p. 669-677
Journal article > peer review
Jedrzej George Frynas; Michael J. Mol; Kamel Mellahi / Management Innovation Made in China : Haier’s Rendanheyi.
In: California Management Review, Vol. 61, No. 1, 2018, p. 71-93
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Michael J. Mol / Reflections on “The Sources of Management Innovation” Mol & Birkinshaw, 2009
In: Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2018, p. 278-281
Michael J. Mol; Christian Stadler; Africa Ariño / Africa : The New Frontier for Global Strategy Scholars.
In: Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2017, p. 3-9
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Kristin Brandl; Michael J. Mol; Bent Petersen / The Reconfiguration of Service Production Systems in Response to Offshoring : A Practice Theory Perspective.
In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 37, No. 9, 2017, p. 1246-1264
Journal article > peer review
L. Felipe Monteiro; Michael J. Mol; Julian Birkinshaw / Ready to be Open? : Explaining the Firm Level Barriers to Benefiting From Openness to External Knowledge.
In: Long Range Planning, Vol. 50, No. 2, 18.1.2016, p. 282-295
Journal article > peer review
Kamel Mellahi; Michael J. Mol / Africa Is Just Like Every Other Place, In That It Is Unlike Any Other Place
In: Africa Journal of Management, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2015, p. 201-209
Michael J. Mol; Kamel Mellahi; Sun Hye Lee / Disasters that Never Were : What Helps Prevent CSR Failure in Offshore Outsourcing Relationships?.
In: Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business: Global Networks: Organizations and People. . ed. /Ram Mudambi; Tunga Kiyak. East Lansing, MI : Academy of International Business 2015, 1 p., p. 224 (Academy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings, Vol. 57)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
L. Felipe Monteiro; Michael J. Mol; Julian Birkinshaw / Ready to be Open? : Explaining the Firm-Level Barriers to Benefiting from Openness to External Knowledge.
Fontainebleau : INSEAD 2015, 42 p. (INSEAD Working Paper, No. 2015/24/STR)
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Outside activities
Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2018 University of Birmingham Since 2015 Part-time professorship
2019 University of Birmingham  Since 2015 Part-time professorship