T.H. (Taco) Reus

Endowed Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2009

Taco Reus is professor in Global Strategy at the Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

His research examines how firms are influenced by the environment in which they strategize, operate and expand, and how organizational capabilities and experience help or hurt firms in this environment. Commonly, Taco Reus studies these topics in the context of mergers and acquisitions. His current research focuses on the role of contextual factors in post-merger integration such as cultural and institutional differences in cross-border acquisitions. His other related projects look at the role of procedural qualities during post-merger integration, such as procedural justice, emotional capability, and other integration capabilities, and how firms can manage the post-merger integration process successfully.

Taco Reus' articles have been published in several high-profile academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and Management International Review. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review for which he received Outstanding Reviewer awards in both 2009 and 2011, and Strategic Organization.

Professor Reus teaches courses on the institutional context of firms in RSM's BA and IBA programmes and on international firm strategies in the school's Global Business & Stakeholder Management Master's programme. He was nominated professor of the year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by his BA students.

Taco Reus obtained his master's degree in psychology from the University of Amsterdam, and his Ph.D. in strategic management from Florida State University. With his dissertation entitled 'A Knowledge-Based View of International Acquisitions,' he was a finalist in the Organisation Science 2003 Dissertation Proposal Competition and the 2004 Gunnar-Hedlund Competition for best dissertation in international business. Prior to joining RSM, he worked at Florida Atlantic University.

  • Reus, T.H., Lamont, B.T. & Ellis, K.M. (2015). A darker side of knowledge transfer following international acquisitions. Strategic Management Journal.

Editorial positions

  • Academy of Management Review

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of International Business Studies

    Editorial Board

  • Strategic Management Journal

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Management

    Editorial Board

  • Strategic Organization

    Editorial Board

Organization Membership

  • Academy of Management

    Member Awards Committee

Past courses

PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University provides a strong research environment, with numerous faculty members and PhD students working across nearly all relevant fields of the wider strategic management field. Three characteristics make the Department an excellent environment for high-quality candidates to pursue a PhD.

  • First, we pride ourselves in our excellent PhD placement record, and our graduates routinely find placements in top schools worldwide. Recent placements include INSEAD, Judge (Cambridge), Desautels (McGill), HEC Paris, ETH Zurich, Otto Besheim (WHU), and Moore (University of South Carolina).
  • Second, the department hosts specialists in a wide variety of methodological traditions, including survey and archival data analysis, longitudinal econometric analysis, meta-analysis, case studies, grounded theory, and fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis.
  • Third, our department is well-connected internationally. It structurally hosts visiting professors like Gerry George (SMU) and Ed Zajac (Northwestern), and our own faculty have held visiting positions at schools like Imperial, Kellogg, MIT, and Wharton.

In short, the Department offers one of the most stimulating and productive environments for pursuing a PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in North-western Europe.

PhD research in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group at the Rotterdam School of Management is expected to take place within four main research themes that represent currently ongoing research:

  1. Corporate Entrepreneurship;
  2. Strategic Renewal: New Managerial Roles and Organizational Forms;
  3. Corporate Governance and Competitiveness.
  4. Global Strategy.

Although research that cuts across these four themes is encouraged, candidates are expected to express and explain their preferences for one or more research themes in the cover letter of their application.

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Managing Cross-Border Acquisitions in Europe

Within the Global Strategy domain, this project revolves around cross-border acquisitions involving European firms, either as acquirers or as targets. Both of these acquisition types (i.e., outbound and inbound European acquisitions) have witnessed a spectacular rise over the previous 20 years. Yet, academic research from a global strategy perspective on such acquisitions still is rather scant, and has so far largely failed to address three important questions such as: (1) How do ties and varieties among European countries influence forming and implementing cross-border acquisitions? (2) What determines the successful (or unsuccessful) integration of European cross-border acquisitions?; and (3) Under what conditions are alternative expansion modes superior to European cross-border acquisitions?

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions are easily identifiable events, which facilitate examination of organizational practices and make their impact on cross-border interactions more clearly discernible. Together with the candidate, a research agenda will be specified that can include quantitative studies on large data sets to test theory, as well as case-based research to ground new theory. Moreover, theoretical and practical insights will be applied to key areas where European ties and varieties are likely to play a role, such as stakeholder influences, corporate governance differences, and management practice transfer. The project intends to be unique in the research questions being raised, diversity of contexts and thematic foci, combination of research methods, and urgent practical insight with implications for collaboration and decision-making across borders.

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ERIM Inaugural Address Research in Management Series
ERIM Research Seminar


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T07-54
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Work in progress

Reus, T.H., Lamont, B.T. & Ellis, K.M. (2015). A darker side of knowledge transfer following international acquisitions. Strategic Management Journal.

Latest publication

Reus, T.H. (2015). A psychological lens on the acquisition process. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 22 (2), 17-19.