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

Administrative tasks

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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:
Sjoerd Beugelsdijk; Björn Ambos; Phillip C. Nell / Conceptualizing and Measuring Distance in International Business Research : Recurring Questions and Best Practice Guidelines.
In: Research Methods in International Business. ed. /Lorraine Eden; Bo Bernhard Nielsen; Alain Verbeke. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2020, p. 449-498 (JIBS Special Collections)
Book chapter > peer review
Florian Smeritschnig; Jakob Muellner; Phillip C. Nell; Martin Weiss / Intra-industry Diversification Effects Under Firm-specific Contingencies on the Demand Side
In: Long Range Planning, 2.4.2020
Journal article > peer review
Jelena Cerar; Phillip C. Nell / Manufacturing Management Practices in the Western Balkans
Vienna : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2020, 22 p.
Phillip C. Nell; Jan Schmitt; Leo Hauska / Austria’s Competitiveness in Times of Digitalization : Still a Prime Location for HQs?.
Vienna : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2019, 6 p. (Study Report. Institute for International Business. Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU))
Phillip C. Nell; Katrin Kernbichler / Brexit and its Consequences for Austrian SMEs
Wien : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2019, 8 p.
F. Smeritschnig; Phillip C. Nell / Conflicting Business Model Tandems : Antecedents, Co-evolution, and convergence.
Paper presented at The 19th European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2019, 2019
Paper > peer review
Phillip C. Nell; Jan Schmitt; Nicklas Gellner / Danish Headquarters in the Digital Age : A Study of the Opportunities, Challenges, and Changes that Digitalization Presents to Headquarters in Denmark.
Vienna : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2019, 15 p. (Study Report. Institute for International Business. Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU))
Benoit Decreton; Phillip Christopher Nell; Diego Stea / Headquarters Involvement, Socialization, and Entrepreneurial Behaviors in Mnc Subsidiaries
In: Long Range Planning, Vol. 52, No. 4, 8.2019
Journal article > peer review
Phillip C. Nell; Jan Schmitt; Vladimir Preveden; Leo Hauska / Headquarters of the Future : The Impact of Digitalization on Headquarters Structures and Value Added.
Vienna : Wirtschafts Universität Wien (WU) 2019, 14 p. (Study Report. Institute for International Business. Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU))
Jan Schmitt; Benoit Decreton; Phillip Christopher Nell / How Corporate Headquarters Add Value in the Digital Age
In: Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 8, No. 1, 12.2019
Journal article > peer review
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Primary occupation at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.