Nicolai J. Foss

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Nicolai J. Foss (born 1964) is a Danish organizational theorist and entrepreneurship scholar, and The Rodolfo de Benedetti Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Bocconi University. He was professor at Copenhagen Business School until 2016.


A Danish citizen with residence in Italy Nicolai J(uul) Foss (b. 1964; PhD 1993; Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog 2015) is the Rodolfo de Benedetti Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Bocconi University, Milano. He was a professor at the Copenhagen Business School until 2016. He has held part-time and visiting professorships at the Warwick Business School, Norwegian School of Economics, Lund University, Luiss Guido Carli-Roma, ERC Rennes, and Agder University. Foss served as department head at CBS for 10 years, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society, and is one of the very few Danish social science members of Academia Europaea.

Foss has written on many different subjects, including the theory of the firm in management research, methodological issues in management research (particularly the role of microfoundations), organizational antecedens of entrepreneurship, the history and content of entrepreneurship research, the Austrian school of economics, human resource management and other subjects.

Encompassing 190 journal articles, 101 book chapters and 23 books (edited as well as monographs), his work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and several other leading journals. He has published books with leading publishers, such as Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. His google scholar citations are above 24,000. He was listed as the “best Danish economist” by the Danish newspaper, Børsen, in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Selected publication[edit]

Jacob Lyngsie and Nicolai Foss. 2017. “The More, the Merrier? The Role of Gender in Explaining Entrepreneurial Outcomes in Established Firms.” Strategic Management Journal, 38: 487-505.

Nicolai Foss, Francesco Rullani and Lars Frederiksen. 2016. “Problem-solving Behaviors in Community Forms.” Strategic Management Journal, 37: 1189-1210.

Nicolai Foss and Libby Weber. 2016 “Putting Opportunism in the Back Seat: Bounded Rationality, Costly Conflict and Hierarchical Forms.” Academy of Management Review, 41: 41-79.

Teppo Felin, Nicolai Foss and Rob Ployhart. 2015. “Microfoundations for Management Research.” Academy of Management Annals 9: 575–632.

Nicolai Foss and Niklas Hallberg. 2014. “How Symmetrical Assumptions Facilitate Theoretical Advance in Strategic Management: the Case of the Resource-based View.” Strategic Management Journal, 35: 903-913.

Nicolai Foss, Jacob Lyngsie and Shaker Zahra. 2013. “The Role of External Knowledge Sources and Organizational Design in the Process of Opportunity Exploitation.” Strategic Management Journal, 34: 1453–1471.

Nicholas Argyres, Teppo Felin, Nicolai Foss, and Todd Zenger. 2012. “The Organizational Economics of Organizational Capability: a Research Agenda”. Organization Science 23: 1213-1226.

Mia Reinholt, Torben Pedersen, and Nicolai Foss. 2011. “Why a Central Network Position Isn’t Enough: the Moderating Roles of Motivation and Ability for Knowledge Sharing in Employee Networks.” Academy of Management Journal 54: 1277-1297.

Siegwart Lindenberg and Nicolai Foss. 2011. „Managing Motivation for Joint Production: The Role of Goal Framing and Governance Mechanisms.” Academy of Management Review 36: 500-525.

Nicolai Foss, Keld Laursen and Torben Pedersen) “Linking Customer Interaction and Innovation: The Mediating Role of New Organizational Practices,” Organization Science, 22: 980-999. (2011).


External links[edit]

  • Homepage at the Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi