Department of Strategy and Innovation

Nicolai J.

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

Nicolai J. Foss is a Professor of Strategy and Organization.
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.

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:
Nicolai J. Foss; Anna Grandori / Entrepreneurship and the Firm : A Conversation on Foundations and Prospects.
In: Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2020, p. 581-598
Journal article > peer review
Nicholas S. Argyres; Alfredo De Massis; Nicolai J. Foss; Federico Frattini; Geoffrey Jones; Brian S. Silverman / History-informed Strategy Research : The Promise of History and Historical Research Methods in Advancing Strategy Scholarship.
In: Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, 3.2020, p. 343-368
Journal article > peer review
Alessandro Da Giau; Nicolai J. Foss; Andrea Furlan; Andrea Vinelli / Sustainable Development and Dynamic Capabilities in the Fashion Industry : A Multi-case Study.
In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Vol. 27, No. 3, 5.2020, p. 1509-1520
Journal article > peer review
Christian Bjørnskov; Nicolai J. Foss / Well-being and Entrepreneurship : Using Establishment Size to Identify Treatment Effects and Transmission Mechanisms.
In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2020
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss / Austrian Economics : A Tale of Lost Opportunities.
In: Assessing Austrian Economics. ed. /Daniel J. D'Amico; Adam G. Martin. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2019, p. 111-123 (Advances in Austrian Economics, Vol. 24)
Book chapter > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Peter G. Klein; Matthew McCaffrey / Austrian Perspectives on Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Organization
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2019, 75 p. (Elements in Business Strategy)
Book > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Henrik Jensen / Managerial Meta-knowledge and Adaptation : Governance Choice When Firms Don’t Know Their Capabilities.
In: Strategic Organization, Vol. 17, No. 2, 5.2019, p. 153-176
Journal article > peer review
Teppo Felin; Nicolai J. Foss / Microfoundations for Institutional Theory?
In: Microfoundations of Institutions. ed. /Patrick Haack; Jost Sieweke; Lauri Wessel. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2019, p. 393-408 (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 65B)
Book chapter > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Torben Pedersen / Microfoundations in International Management Research : The Case of Knowledge Sharing in Multinational Corporations.
In: Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 50, No. 9, 12.2019, p. 1594–1621
Journal article > peer review
Tina Saebi; Nicolai J. Foss; Stefan Linder / Social Entrepreneurship Research : Past Achievements and Future Promises.
In: Journal of Management, Vol. 45, No. 1, 1.2019, p. 70-95
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities


Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2020 Berlingske Commentator
2020 Warwick Business School Part-time professor
2020 Norges Handelshøyskole Professor II