Prof. 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). His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Innovation, and Project Management. His work revolves around the question of how organizations can implement, reinforce, and shape their strategy by innovating their operations. Specific topics include:

  • Manufacturing technology strategy and Industry 4.0
  • Managing change initiatives and collaborative projects
  • Employee behavior in agile operations and projects
  • Frontline product and process innovation and shopfloor employee ideation

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.

He teaches courses on undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. For his courses "Operations Management" and "Primaire Processen" Fabian Sting received 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 (16)

  • 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
  • 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 (10)

  • Decision Sciences

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • European Journal of Operational Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • International Journal of Production Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Management Science

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Operations Research

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Organization Science

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Production and Operations Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Production and Operations Management

    Associate Editor

  • International Journal of Production Economics

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

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