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

Full Professor
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 main affiliation, he holds the chair of Supply Chain Management – Strategy and Innovation at 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 frontline 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).

Before joining RSM Fabian Sting was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INSEAD's Technology and Operations Management Department 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 (18)

  • F.J. Sting, M. Braun & A. Huchzermeier (2010). Simulationsstudie: Exogene Risiken in der Beschaffung - Zusammenspiel von Diversifikation und Flexibilitat. In Supply Management Research: Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse 2009 (pp. 147-171). Wiesbaden: Gabler doi: 10.1007/978-3-8349-8833-1_6
  • 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

Editorial positions (13)

  • Operations Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • European Journal of Operational Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Production and Operations Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • International Journal of Production Economics

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Decision Sciences

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • International Journal of Production Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Journal of Product Innovation Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Administrative Science Quarterly

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Management Science

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Organization Science

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Production and Operations Management

    Associate Editor

Organization Memberships (5)

Side positions

  • European Industrial Excellence Award (

    Academic Director and Jury Member

  • ERIM Top Article Junior Award (2016)


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-43
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam