Prof. 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 holds the Chair of Supply Chain Management – Strategy and Innovation at University of Cologne, Germany (see ). He is also Associate Professor of Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (part-time). His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Operations and Technology Strategy, Supply Chain Management, and Operations Management. His work revolves around the question of how organizations can reinforce and shape their strategy by innovating their process and project operations. Specific topics include:

  • Innovation and flexibility in complex production systems
  • Collaboration in operational and innovating systems
  • Human behavior in operations and projects
  • Strategy deployment and manufacturing management

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 ).

Before joining RSM Fabian Sting was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INSEAD 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 (14)

  • 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
  • F.J. Sting, C. Fuchs, M. Schlickel & O. Alexy (2019). How to Overcome the Bias We Have Toward Our Own Ideas. Harvard Business Review, (online). Retrieved from
  • F.J. Sting (2016). Shift happens: how to manage changing projects. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 25 (1), 17-19.
  • F.J. Sting (2015). Encouraging help speeds up product development projects. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 21 (1), 16-17.
  • C.H. Loch & F.J. Sting (2009, januari 1). A Seismic Shift in the Car Industry: The Management Challenge and Responsibility. Automotive Industries , pp. 70.
  • F.J. Sting (2009). Flexible Sourcing—Operational Hedging, Diversification and Contracting under Supply and Demand Uncertainty. In BVL 26. Deutscher Logistik-Kongress Berlin . Berlin: DVV Media Group
Dynamic Decision Making under Supply Chain Competition
  • 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 (8)

  • 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

  • Operations Research

    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 (4)

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