Department of Strategy and Innovation

Nicolai J.

Room: KIL/14.A-2.58
E-mail: njf.si@cbs.dk
Nicolai Foss

Nicolai J. Foss (b. 1964) is a Professor of Strategy at the Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS, Honorary Adjunct Professor, Department of Marketing & Management, Southern Denmark University, and External Chair, Danish Institute for Advanced Studies, 2020-2025. He is a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog.

Trained as an economist at the Copenhagen University (M.Sc.,1989), Foss his received his PhD degree from the Copenhagen Business School in 1993, where he was Assistant, Associate and Full Professor. From 2016-2019 he was the Rodolfo Debenedetti Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Bocconi University, Milano. He has held part-time and visiting professorships at the Warwick Business School, Norwegian School of Economics, Lund University, Luiss Guido Carli-Roma, ERC Rennes, and Agder University.

Foss founded the Center (later Department) of Strategic Management and Globalization at the Copenhagen Business School in 2005, and served as its Director/HoD until 1 April, 2015. He managed two CBS “World Class Environment” programs at CBS (2008-2015; 2014-2016). Foss has served as a panel member of the European Research Council and on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society. Foss is a member of Academia Europaea, and a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. He is the 2020 Chairperson of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group.

Encompassing 224 articles in reviewed journals, 102 book chapters, 26 books (edited as well as monographs), and many op-eds, magazine pieces, etc. Fosswork has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and several other leading journals. His google scholar citations are above 37,500, and he is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher. Foss was one of the founders of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics and a co-founderd of the  Center for Policy Studies. He was listed as the “best Danish economist” by the Danish newspaper, Børsen, in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Foss is a columnist at Berlingske.


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



Curriculum Vitae
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Selected publications

Nicholas S. Argyres, Alfredo De Massis, Nicolai J Foss, Federico Frattini, Geoffrey Jones, and Brian S. Silverman). 2020. “History-informed Strategy Research: The promise of History and Historical Research Methods in Advancing Strategy Scholarship.” Strategic Management Journal, 41: 343-368.
Jay Barney, Nicolai J Foss, and Jacob Lyngsie. 2018. “The Role of Senior Management in Opportunity Formation: Direct Involvement or Reactive Selection?” Strategic Management Journal, 39(5): 1325-49.
Jacob Lyngsie and Nicolai J Foss. 2017. “The More, the Merrier? The Role of Gender in Explaining Entrepreneurial Outcomes in Established Firms.” Strategic Management Journal, 38: 487-505.
Nicolai J Foss and Libby Weber. 2016. “Putting Opportunism in the Back Seat: Bounded Rationality, Costly Conflict and Hierarchical Forms.” Academy of Management Review, 41: 41-79.


Publications sorted by:
Phillip C. Nell; Nicolai J. Foss; Peter G. Klein; Jan Schmitt / Avoiding Digitalization Traps : Tools for Top Managers.
In: Business Horizons, Vol. 64, No. 2, 3.2021, p. 163-169
Journal article > peer review
Christian G. Asmussen; Kirsten Foss; Nicolai J. Foss; Peter G. Klein / Economizing and Strategizing : How Coalitions and Transaction Costs Shape Value Creation and Appropriation.
In: Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2.2021, p. 413-434
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Peter G. Klein; Lasse B. Lien; Thomas Zellweger; Todd Zenger / Ownership Competence
In: Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2.2021, p. 302-328
Journal article > peer review
Peter Holdt Christensen; Nicolai J. Foss / Present-but-online : How Mobile Devices May Harm Purposeful Co-presence in Organizations (And What Can Be Done About It).
In: European Management Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2.2021, p. 84-94
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss / The Impact of the Covid‐19 Pandemic on Firms’ Organizational Designs
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 58, No. 1, 1.2021, p. 268-272
Comment/debate > peer review
Massimo G. Colombo; Nicolai J. Foss; Jacob Lyngsie; Cristina Rossi-Lamastra / What Drives the Delegation of Innovation Decisions? : The Roles of Firm Innovation Strategy and the Nature of External Knowledge.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 50, No. 1, 1.2021
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss / Behavioral Strategy and the COVID-19 Disruption
In: Journal of Management, Vol. 46, No. 8, 2020, 8 p., p. 1322-1329
Editorial > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Matilde F. Kirkegaard / Blended Ambidexterity : The Copresence of Modes of Ambidexterity in William Demant Holding.
In: Long Range Planning, Vol. 53, No. 6, 12.2020
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Peter G. Klein / Entrepreneurial Opportunities : Who Needs Them?.
In: Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 34, No. 3, 8.2020, p. 366-377
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Anna Grandori / Entrepreneurship and the Firm : A Conversation on Foundations and Prospects.
In: Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 29, No. 3, 6.2020, p. 581-598
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities


Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2020 - 2021 Berlingske Commentator
2020 - 2021 Warwick Business School Part-time professor
2020 - 2021 Norges Handelshøyskole Professor II
2021  Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Visiting Virtual Professor