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Korcan Kavusan is an Associate Professor of Strategy in the Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Management at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.


His research focuses on interfirm relationships such as strategic alliances and acquisitions with a particular interest on how companies develop new technological and managerial capabilities through alliances and acquisitions, and how different stakeholders, such as managers and investors, make decisions regarding firms’ alliance and acquisition activities. His work is accepted for publication in the Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, and Research Policy.


Korcan teaches graduate-level courses on strategic management, innovation strategy, and technology-driven interfirm relationships. Prior to earning his doctorate, he worked as an internal auditor for the UniCredit Group.


Academic (4)
  • Kavusan, K., Ates, NY., & Nadolska, A. (2020). Acquisition target selection and technological relatedness: The moderating role of TMT demographic faultlines. Strategic Organization.

  • Blagoeva, R., Kavusan, K., & Jansen, J. (2020). Who violates expectations when? How firms’ growth and dividend reputations affect investors’ reactions to acquisitions. Strategic Management Journal, 41(9), 1712-1742.

  • Kavusan, K., & Frankort, HTW. (2019). A behavioral theory of alliance portfolio reconfiguration: Evidence from pharmaceutical biotechnology. Strategic Management Journal, 40(10), 1668-1702.

  • Kavusan, K., Noorderhaven, NGN., & Duysters, GM. (2016). Knowledge acquisition and complementary specialization in alliances: The impact of technological overlap and alliance experience. Research Policy, 45(10), 2153-2165.

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Past courses

International Business

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015
  • Code: BAP072
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1

Managing innovation with alliances and acquisitions

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME091
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Strategic management & renewal

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BM03MIM
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

External innovation strategies through alliances and mergers and acquisitions

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMME087
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Strategic management & renewal

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: BKM03GM
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master