F.J. (Fabian) Sting

Associate Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Associate Member ERIM
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2010

Fabian Sting is Associate Professor of Operations Management. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Operations and Technology Strategy, Supply Chain Management, and Operations Management. His work revolves around the question of how operational and innovating systems can be designed to provide companies with a competitive advantage in complex and uncertain environments. Specific topics include:


  • Innovation and flexibility in complex production systems
  • Collaboration in operational and innovating systems
  • Human behavior in operational and innovating processes
  • Strategy deployment and manufacturing management

This research has been published or is forthcoming in leading academic journals such as Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, as well as in practitioner journals such as Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

He teaches courses on undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. For his courses "Operations Management" and "Primaire Processen" Fabian Sting was nominated for and received the "Best Professor Award", respectively.

Collaborating with the business schools IESE (Spain), INSEAD (France) and WHU (Germany), he serves as Academic Director of the Industrial Excellence Award in Europe (see www.industrial-excellence-award.eu ).

Before joining RSM Fabian Sting was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INSEAD and visiting scholar at Northwestern University. He holds a Doctorate from WHU and graduate degrees in Management Science (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) and Applied Mathematics (FU Hagen).

Key Publications (8)

  • Sting, F.J. (2009). Flexible Sourcing—Operational Hedging, Diversification and Contracting under Supply and Demand Uncertainty. In BVL 26. Deutscher Logistik-Kongress Berlin. Berlin: DVV Media Group.
  • Loch, C.H. & Sting, F.J. (2009, Januari 01). A Seismic Shift in the Car Industry: The Management Challenge and Responsibility. Automotive Industries, pp. 70.

Editorial positions

  • Decision Sciences

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • European Journal of Operational Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • International Journal of Production Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Operations Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Production and Operations Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • International Journal of Production Economics

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

Organization Membership

Side positions

  • European Industrial Excellence Award (www.industrial-excellence-award.eu)

    Academic Director and Jury Member


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-45
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Mihm, J., Sting, F.J. & Wang, Tan (2015). On the Effectiveness of Patenting Strategies in Innovation Races. Management Science, accepted (forthcoming).