Department of Strategy and Innovation

Phillip Christopher
Associate professor
Dr. rer. soc. oec., part time employment at CBS

Room: KIL/14.A-2.81
E-mail: pcn.si@cbs.dk

Prof. Phillip Nell is a Chaired Professor at WU Wien. He is also affiliated with the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School.

Phillip Nell has studied International Economics and Business Administration in Germany, France, and Italy. He received his doctorate and habilitation from WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business).

Before joining academia, he gained considerable industry experience as a strategy consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He has conducted projects and research in cooperation with firms such as Walter Bau, ABB, Henkel, Alcatel, Oracle, SAP, Gerresheimer, Kone, Puma, Boehringer Ingelheim, A-Tec Industries, and T-Systems as well as non-profit organizations such as Diakonie, giving him lots of insights into management practice.

Phillip Nell is widely experienced both in degree-course and executive education and his teaching has received multiple awards such as the CEMS course of the year award in 2015 and 2016. Besides Copenhagen and Vienna, he has taught at ESADE Business School in Spain, and universities in Padova, Linz, St. Gallen, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro.

His research interests are centered on the organization of the multinational corporation, the management of subsidiaries, and the strategic role headquarters play in large and complex organizations. His research has been accepted for publication among others in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Journal of World Business, Global Strategy Journal, and Research Policy.


Primary research areas
  • Interorganizational relationships

  • Headquarters configurations and headquarters value-added within MNCs

  • The organization of the multinational corporation

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Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • Nell, P.C.; Laamanen, T; Kappen, P. (2017): “Reconceptualising Hierarchies: The Disaggregation and Dispersion of Headquarters in Multinational Corporations“. Journal of Management Studies 54:8, December 2017; 1121-1143.
  • Holm, A., Decreton, B., Nell, P.C., Klopf P. (2017): “The dynamic response process to conflicting institutional demands in MNC subsidiaries – An inductive study in the Sub-Saharan African e-commerce sector”. Global Strategy Journal. 7 (1), 104-124.
  • Kostova, T.; Nell, P.C.; Hoenen, A.K. (2016): “Understanding Agency Problems in Headquarters-Subsidiary Relationships in Multinational Corporations: A contextualized Model”. Journal of Management.
  • Nell, P. C., Ambos, B. (2013): “Parenting Advantage in the MNC: An Embeddedness Perspective on the Value Added by Headquarters”. Strategic Management Journal 34 (9), 1086–1103.
  • Nell, P. C., Ambos, B., Schlegelmilch, B. B. (2011): “The MNC as an Externally Embedded Organization: An Investigation of Embeddedness Overlap in Local Subsidiary Networks”. Journal of World Business 46 (4), 497–505.
  • Foss, K., Foss, N., Nell, P. C. (2012): “MNC Organizational Form and Subsidiary Motivation Problems: Controlling Intervention Hazards in the Network MNC”. Journal of International Management 18 (3), 247–259.


Publications sorted by:
Phillip C. Nell; Benoit Decreton / Structure of the MNE
In: Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management. ed. /Christian Geisler Asmussen; Niron Hashai; Dana Minbaeva. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2024, p. 372–378
Encyclopedia chapter > peer review
Daniel S. Andrews; Phillip C. Nell; Andreas Schotter; Tomi Laamanen / And the Subsidiary Lives On : Harnessing Complex Realities in the Contemporary MNE.
In: Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 54, No. 3, 4.2023, p. 538-549
Journal article > peer review
Benoit Decreton; Esther Tippmann; Phillip C. Nell; Andrew Parker / More Effective Solutions? : Senior Managers and Non-routine Problem Solving.
In: Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 44, No. 10, 10.2023, p. 2566-2593
Journal article > peer review
Tina C. Ambos; Esther Tippmann; Phillip C. Nell / Realizing Subsidiary Initiatives : A Network Mobilization View.
In: Journal of International Management, Vol. 29, No. 6, 12.2023
Journal article > peer review
Nicolai J. Foss; Michael Glock; Phillip C. Nell; Torben Pedersen / Strategy Implementation in Firms : How a Climate of Headquarters Intervention Shapes Subunit Strategy Implementation.
Paper presented at Strategic Management Society 43rd Annual International Conference. SMS 2023, 2023
Paper > peer review
Jelena Cerar; Benoit Decreton; Phillip C. Nell / What’s in a Name? : How Senior Managers use Name-based Heuristics to Allocate Financial Resources in Multinational Corporations.
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 60, No. 5, 2023, p. 1147-1177
Journal article > peer review
Jan Schmitt; Chiara Fabrizi; Phillip C. Nell / Die Landschaft von Firmenzentralen in Österreich : Ein Überblick.
Wien : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2022, 16 p. (Headquarters in Austria (HiA))
Jan Schmitt; Chiara Fabrizi; Phillip C. Nell / Die Landschaft von Firmenzentralen in Österreich : Firmenzentralen in Wien.
Wien : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2022, 8 p. (Headquarters in Austria (HiA))
Jan Schmitt; Chiara Fabrizi; Phillip C. Nell / Die Landschaft von Firmenzentralen in Österreich : Internationale Firmenzentralen.
Wien : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2022, 8 p. (Headquarters in Austria (HiA))
Jelena Cerar; Mihaela Dimitrova; Phillip C. Nell / Fostering Operational Management “Best Practices” in Subsidiary Plants in the Western Balkans : The Role of MNC Home-country Environment and Resource Allocation.
In: Journal of International Management, Vol. 28, No. 2, 6.2022
Journal article > peer review
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Primary occupation at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.