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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). Fabian Sting serves as Associate Editor for Management Science and as Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management. 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 (23)
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.


  • RSM BV
    Start date approval: 05 Nov 2022
    End date approval: 04 Nov 2025
    Place: ROTTERDAM
    Description: Teaching activities for various programs by RSM BV


  • ERIM Top Article Junior Award (2016)


OLD STYLE - Research Methods and Skills

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMRM3SCM
  • Level: Master

Past courses

Supply chain simulation

  • Study year: 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME069
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Operations Management

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: BAP057
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1

Primary processes

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: BKB005
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Bachelor 1

Supply chain simulation

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMME064
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

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