Prof. dr. F.J. (Fabian) Sting

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

Prof. dr. Fabian Sting is chaired professor of Digital Supply Chain Innovation at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (part-time). As the main affiliation, he holds the chair of Supply Chain Management – Strategy and Innovation at the University of Cologne, Germany (see here). He explores how organizations implement, reinforce, and shape their strategy by innovating their operations and processes. Specific research and teaching topics include:

  • Implementing digital innovation and Industry 4.0
  • Leading change initiatives and collaborative projects
  • Managing employee behavior in agile operations and projects
  • Sparking and integrating front-line employee ideas and innovation.

This research has been published or is forthcoming in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management as well as in premier practitioner journals such as Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review. For his scholarship, he received prestigious awards, including the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize by the MIT Sloan Management Review, the Jürgen Hausschildt Award for Innovation Management by the German Association of Business Research (VHB), and the Top Academic Article Award by the Erasmus Institute of Management (ERIM). He teaches courses on undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. For his courses "Operations Management" and "Primaire Processen" Fabian Sting earned multiple teaching awards. 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 here). He was a visiting professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at the Singapore Management University and at IESE Business School of the University of Navarra. Before joining RSM Fabian Sting was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INSEAD's Technology and Operations Management Department and visiting scholar at Northwestern University (USA). He holds a Doctorate from WHU and graduate degrees in Management Science (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) and Applied Mathematics (FU Hagen).


  • Academic (22)
    • Salvador, F., & Sting, F. (2022). How Your Company Can Encourage Innovation from All Employees. Harvard Business Review (digital).

    • Cornelius, P., Gokpinar, B., & Sting, F. (2021). Sparking Manufacturing Innovation: How Temporary Interplant Assignments Increase Employee Idea Values. Management Science, 67(4), 2231-2250.

    • CORNELIUS, PHILIPP. B., GOKPINAR, BILAL., & STING, FABIAN. J. (2021). How temporary assignments boost innovation: When front-line manufacturing employees are exchanged between company sites, they contribute more valuable ideas. MIT Sloan Management Review, 62(3), 9-11.

    • Schneider, P., & Sting, F. (2020). Employees’ Perspectives on Digitalization-Induced Change: Exploring Frames of Industry 4.0. Academy of Management Discoveries, 6(3).

    • Fuchs, C., Sting, F., Schlickel, M., & Alexy, O. (2019). The Ideator’s Bias: How Identity-induced Self-efficacy Drives Overestimation in Employee-driven Process Innovation. Academy of Management Journal, 62(5).

    • Sting, F., Stevens, M., & Tarakci, M. (2019). Temporary deembedding buyer-supplier relationships: A Complexity Perspective. Journal of Operations Management, 65(2), 114-135.

    • Crama, P., Sting, F., & Wu, Y. (2018). Encouraging Help across Projects. Management Science, 65(3), 955-1453.

    • Chandrasekaran, A., Linderman, K., & Sting, F. (2018). Avoiding epistemological silos and empirical elephants in OM: How to combine empirical and simulation methods? Journal of Operations Management, 63(November), 1-5.

    • Sting, F., & Loch, CH. (2016). Implementing Operations Strategy: How Vertical and Horizontal Coordination Interact. Production and Operations Management, 25(7), 1177-1193.

    • Chandrasekaran, A., Linderman, K., Sting, F., & Benner, MJ. (2016). Managing R&D Project Shifts in High-Tech Organizations: A Multi-Method Study. Production and Operations Management, 25(3), 390-416.

    • Mihm, J., Sting, F., & Wang, T. (2015). On the Effectiveness of Patenting Strategies in Innovation Races. Management Science, 61(11), 2662-2684.

    • Sting, F., Loch, CH., & Stempfhuber, D. (2015). Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help. MIT Sloan Management Review, 56(3), 1-9.

    • Kim, YH., Sting, F., & Loch, CH. (2014). Top-Down, Bottom-Up, or Both? Toward an Integrative Perspective on Operations Strategy Formation. Journal of Operations Management, 32(7-8), 462-474.

    • Sting, F., & Huchzermeier, A. (2014). Operational Hedging and Diversification under Correlated Supply and Demand Uncertainty. Production and Operations Management, 23(7), 1212-1226.

    • Loch, CH., Sting, F., Huchzermeier, A., & Decker, C. (2012). Fairness zahlt sich aus. Harvard Business Manager, October(Oktober), 1-8.

    • Loch, CH., Sting, F., Huchzermeier, A., & Decker, C. (2012). Finding the Profit in Fairness. Harvard Business Review, 90(10), 111-115.

    • Loch, CH., Sting, F., Stempfhuber, D., & Huchzermeier, A. (2012). Das Prinzip der Roten Karte. Harvard Business Manager, 2011(January), 44-51.

    • Sting, F., & Huchzermeier, A. (2012). Dual Sourcing – Responsive Hedging Against Correlated Supply and Demand Uncertainty. Naval Research Logistics, 59(1), 69-89.

    • Loch, C., & Sting, F. (2010). A seismic shift in the car industry: The management challenge and responsibility. Automotive Industries AI, 190(3).

    • Sting, F., & Huchzermeier, A. (2010). Ensuring Responsive Capacity: How to Contract with Backup Suppliers. European Journal of Operational Research, 207(2), 725-735.

    • Loch, CH., Sting, F., Bauer, N., & Mauermann, H. (2010). How BMW Is Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb. Harvard Business Review, 88(3), 99-102.

    • Loch, CH., Sting, F., Bauer, N., & Mauermann, H. (2010). Keine Angst vor der alternden Belegschaft. Harvard Business Manager, 2010(April), 68-74.

  • Popular (1)
    • Loch, CH., & Sting, F. (2010). Think tank: just the job to help the older hands stay in work. Unknown.

  • Professional (6)
    • Sting, F., Fuchs, C., Schlickel, M., & Alexy, O. (2019). How to Overcome the Bias We Have Toward Our Own Ideas. Harvard Business Review,

    • Schneider, P., & Sting, F. (2019). Die Sicht der Mitarbeiter. Harvard Business Manager, 2019(April).

    • Sting, F. (2016). Shift happens: how to manage changing projects. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 25(1), 17-19.

    • Sting, F. (2015). Encouraging help speeds up product development projects. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 21(1), 16-17.

    • Sting, F., & Huchzermeier, A. (2012). Hedge Risks Appropriately With Backup Suppliers. Inside Supply Management.

    • Loch, CH., & Sting, F. (2009). A Seismic Shift in the Car Industry: The Management Challenge and Responsibility. Unknown, 70.

  • Academic (1)
    • Sting, F., Braun, M., & Huchzermeier, A. (2010). Simulationsstudie: Exogene Risiken in der Beschaffung - Zusammenspiel von Diversifikation und Flexibilitat. In Supply Management Research: Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse 2009 (pp. 147-171). Gabler.

  • Academic (1)
    • Kuhn, H., & Sting, F. (2005). Bestimmung von Losgrößen, Transportzyklen und Sicherheitsbeständen in mehrstufigen Wertschopfungsketten. In Operations Research Proceedings 2005 Springer-Verlag.

  • Professional (1)
    • Sting, F. (2009). Flexible Sourcing—Operational Hedging, Diversification and Contracting under Supply and Demand Uncertainty. In BVL 26. Deutscher Logistik-Kongress Berlin DVV Media Group.

  • Academic (1)
    • Huchzermeier, A., Hoehn, M., & Sting, F. (2007). Impact Study of RFID Adoption in Manufacturer-Retailer Supply Chains: Results from a European Industry Survey. Excerpt of the EU-Project SMART.

  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Xishu Li
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2019
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Timo van Balen
  • Time frame: 2014 - 2019
  • ERIM Top Article Junior Award (2016)


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