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Full Professor
Department of Management and Technology

Courses a.y. 2019/2020


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Master of science (economics), Copenhagen University 1989; Phd (management), Copenhagen Business School, 1993

Academic CV

Rodolfo Debenedetti Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Bocconi University, Milano. Foss was a professor at the Copenhagen Business School until 2016. 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 was a department  head for several years at the Copenhagen Business School Foss has served as a member of the Senate of the Copenhagen Business School, as a panel member of the European Research Council, and on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society. He is a fellow of the SMS and is a member of Academia Europaea. He was listed as the “best Danish economist” by the Danish newspaper, Børsen, in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Research areas

Organization design theory particularly as it applied to strategic management and entrepreneurship issues; organizational economics; microfoundations of management thought.

Philosophy of social science. 


Main recent publications
  •  • (with Jay Barney and Jacob Lyngsie). “The Role of Senior Management in Opportunity Formation: Direct Involvement or Reactive Selection?” Strategic Management Journal (forthcoming)
    (with Tina Saebi). “Fifteen Years of Research on Business Model Innovation.” Journal of Management, 43: 200-227 (2017)
    (with Jacob Lyngsie). “The More, the Merrier? The Role of Gender in Explaining Entrepreneurial Outcomes in Established Firms.” Strategic Management Journal, 38: 487-505 (2017)
    (with Francesco Rullani and Lars Frederiksen). “Problem-solving Behaviors in Community Forms.”  Strategic Management Journal 37: 1189-1210 (2016).
     (with Libby Weber) “Putting Opportunism in the Back Seat: Bounded Rationality, Costly Conflict and Hierarchical Forms.” Academy of Management Review, 41: 41-79 (2016).
     (with Teppo Felin and Rob Ployhart). “Microfoundations for Management Research.” Academy of Management Annals 9: 575–632 (2015). 
    (with Niklas Hallberg). “How Symmetrical Assumptions Facilitate Theoretical Advance in Strategic Management: the Case of the Resource-based View.” Strategic Management Journal, 35:  903–913 (2014).
     (with Jacob Lyngsie and Shaker Zahra). “The Role of External Knowledge Sources and Organizational Design in the Process of Opportunity Exploitation.” Strategic Management Journal, 34: 1453–1471 (2013).
     (with Christian Asmussen and Torben Pedersen). “Knowledge Transfer and Accommodation Effects in Multinational Corporations: Evidence from European Subsidiaries” Journal of Management, 39: 1397-1429 (2013).
     (with Anna Jonsson). “International Expansion Through Flexible Replication: Learning From the Internationalization Experience of IKEA,” Journal of International Business Studies 42, 1079–1102 (2011).
    (with Mia Reinholt and Torben Pedersen). “Why a Central Network Position Isn’t Enough: the Moderating Roles of Motivation and Ability for Knowledge Sharing in Employee Networks.” Academy of Management Journal 54: 1277-1297. (2011)
    (with Siegwart Lindenberg). „Managing Motivation for Joint Production: The Role of Goal Framing and Governance Mechanisms.” Academy of Management Review 36: 500-525 (2011).
     (with Keld Laursen and Torben Pedersen) “Linking Customer Interaction and Innovation: The Mediating Role of New Organizational Practices,” Organization Science, 22: 980-999. (2011).
     “Micro-foundations for Resource-based Theory.” Journal of Management, 37: 1413-1428 (2011).
     (with Henk Volberda and Marjorie Lyles). “Absorbing the Concept of Absorptive Capacity: How To Realize Its Potential in the Organization Field,” Organization Science, 21: 931-951 (2010).