M. (Merieke) Stevens

RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Associate Member ERIM
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2011

Merieke Stevens is an Assistant Professor at the department of Technology & Operations Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She obtained a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on relations between organizations. She is particularly interested in interfirm relationship dynamics over time; cooperation between buyers and suppliers to achieve competitive advantage; trust asymmetries; and power and dependence in the supply chain. Merieke lived in Japan for several years, where she did extensive (on-site) research in the automotive industry. She applies this experience to other sectors such as healthcare, and is involved in a large project on purchasing in the Dutch healthcare sector. Merieke’s teaching topics include Operational Excellence, Service Operations, Lean, and Procurement in Healthcare. Merieke has held visiting positions at The Wharton School, the University of Tokyo Faculty of Economics, and École Polytechnique Paris. She serves on the Editoral Review Board of the Journal of Operations Management. At Cambridge, Merieke was a member of Queens’ College, where Desiderius Erasmus studied between 1510 and 1515.

  • Stevens, M. (2012). Renault-Nissan Alliance: Not just a handshake. In J. Cunningham & B. Harney (Eds.), Strategy and Strategists: Legacies, Dilemmas and Trajectories. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Stevens, M. & Fujimoto, T. (2009). Nissan: From the brink of bankruptcy. In M. Freyssenet (Ed.), Second Automobile Revolution: Trajectories of the world carmakers in the 21st century. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stevens, M. (2008). Foreign Influences on the Japanese Automobile Industry: The Nissan-Renault mutual learning alliance. In R. Rasiah, Y. Sadoi & R. Busser (Eds.), Multinationals, Technology and Localization: Automotive and electronics firms in Asia. London: Routledge.

Editorial positions

  • Journal of Operations Management

    Member Editorial Review Board

  • Organization Studies

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

ERIM Research Seminar


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-28
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Stevens, M. (2015). Inter-organisational trust: is more always better? RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 24 (4), 8-10.