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Prof. Dr. Fabian J. Sting


Research interests

  • Supply chain strategy
  • Technology and innovation strategy
  • Project management
  • Strategy implementaion
  • Production management
  • Process innovation

Selected publications

  • P.B. Cornelius, B. Gokpinar and F. J. Sting (2020). Sparking Manufacturing Innovation: How Temporary Interplant Assignments Increase Employee Idea Values. Management Science, accepted (forthcoming). doi: 10.1287/mnsc.2020.3673
  • P. Schneider and F. J. Sting (2020). Employees' Perspectives on Digitalization-Induced Change: Exploring Frames of Industry 4.0. Academy of Management Discoveries, accepted (forthcoming). doi: 10.5465/amd.2019.0012
  • C. Fuchs, F.J. Sting, M. Schlickel and O. Alexy (2019). The Ideator’s Bias: How Identity-induced Self-efficacy Drives Overestimation in Employee-driven Process Innovation. Academy of Management Journal, 62 (5). doi: 10.5465/amj.2017.0438
  • F.J. Sting, M. Stevens and M. Tarakci (2019). Temporary deembedding buyer-supplier relationships: A Complexity Perspective. Journal of Operations Management, 65 (2), 114-135. doi: 10.1002/joom.1008
  • P. Crama, Pascale, F.J. Sting and Y. Wu (2019), Encouraging Help across Projects. Management Science, 65 (3), 995-1453. doi: 10.1287/mnsc.2017.2988
  • A. Chandrasekaran, K. Linderman and F.J. Sting (2018). Avoiding epistemological silos and empirical elephants in OM: How to combine empirical and simulation methods? Journal of Operations Management, (November), 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jom.2018.11.003
  • F.J. Sting and C.H. Loch (2016). Implementing Operations Strategy: How Vertical and Horizontal Coordination Interact. Production and Operations Management, 25 (7), 1177-1193. doi: 10.1111/poms.12537
  • A. Chandrasekaran, K. Linderman, F.J. Sting and M. Benner (2016). Managing R&D Project Shifts in High-Tech Organizations: A Multi-Method Study. Production and Operations Management, 25 (3), 390-416. doi: 10.1111/poms.12410
  • J. Mihm, F.J. Sting and T. Wang (2015). On the Effectiveness of Patenting Strategies in Innovation Races. Management Science, 61 (11), 2662-2684. doi: 10.1287/mnsc.2014.2128
  • F.J. Sting, C.H. Loch and D. Stempfhuber (2015). Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help. MIT Sloan Management Review, 56 (3), 1-9.
  • F.J. Sting and A. Huchzermeier (2014). Operational Hedging and Diversification under Correlated Supply and Demand Uncertainty. Production and Operations Management, 23 (7), 1212–1226. doi: 10.1111/poms.12196
  • Y. Kim, F.J. Sting and C.H. Loch (2014). Top-Down, Bottom-Up, or Both? Toward an Integrative Perspective on Operations Strategy Formation. Journal of Operations Management, 32 (7-8), 462–474. doi: 10.1016/j.jom.2014.09.005
  • F.J. Sting and A. Huchzermeier (2012). Dual Sourcing – Responsive Hedging Against Correlated Supply and Demand Uncertainty. Naval Research Logistics, 59 (1), 69–89. doi: 10.1002/nav.21473
  • C.H. Loch, F.J. Sting, A. Huchzermeier and C. Decker (2012). Finding the Profit in Fairness. Harvard Business Review, 90 (10), 111–115.
  • F.J. Sting and A. Huchzermeier (2010). Ensuring Responsive Capacity: How to Contract with Backup Suppliers. European Journal of Operational Research, 207 (2), 725–735. doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2010.05.044
  • C.H. Loch, F.J. Sting, N. Bauer and H. Mauermann (2010). How BMW Is Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb. Harvard Business Review, 88 (3), 99–102.

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  • Supply Chain Strategy - Specialisation Module
  • Supply Chain Innovation - Specialisation Module
  • Supply Chain Management (CEMS)
  • Project Management


  • Supply Chain Management - Strategy and Innovation

Areas of responsibilities

Journal of Operations Management, Special Issue Editor
Production and Operations Management, Senior Editor


Since 2016

Full Professor and Director of Department of Supply Chain Management - Strategy and Innovation,
University of Cologne

Since 2019

Chaired Professor of Digital Supply Chain Innovation (part-time), Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Associate Professor (tenured) of Operations Management,
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Assistant Professor of Operations Management (granted early tenure),
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Technology and Operations Management,
INSEAD, Technology and Operations Management Department, Fontainebleau, France


Doctorate in Production Management (Dr. rer. pol. summa cum laude),
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany


Doctoral studies as visiting scholar, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
Kellog School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


M.Sc. in Mathematic - Methods and Models
University of Hagen, Germany


Master studies as exchange student
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


Diploma Studies (Master equivalent) with focus on Management Science,
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt