Prof. Fabian Sting

Fabian Sting

Associate Professor of Operations Management
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


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).

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Technology and Operations Management


Key Publications (14)

Professional Publications (5)

  • 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

Scholarly Publications (20)

Semi Scientific Publications

  • C.H. Loch & F.J. Sting (2010, februari 14). Think tank: just the job to help the older hands stay in work. The Sunday Times


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


Discovery items

Encouraging help speeds up product development projects

Ensuring new product development projects stay on track is challenging at the best of times. Part of the problem can lie with how project team members behave and communicate.

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, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMME064
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Operations Management

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BAP 57
  • ECTS: 5

Primary processes

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BKB0005
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Bachelor 1


  • ERIM Top Article Junior Award (2016)