Nicolai J. Foss

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Nicolai J. Foss (born 1964) is a Danish organizational theorist, and Professor ("Ordinario") of Organization Theory and Human Resource Management at Bocconi University. He was professor at Copenhagen Business School until 2016. He is best known for his "knowledge-based approaches to the theory of the firm."[1][2]


Foss received a M.Sc. degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1989, and a Ph.D. in management from the Copenhagen Business School in 1993.[3]

After his graduation 1993 Foss kept working at the Copenhagen Business School as Assistant Professor, and got promoted Associate Professor and eventually Full Professor. He is also part-time Professor of Knowledge-based Value Creation at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and a part-time and visiting professorship at the Lund University in Sweden, LUISS Roma in Italy, and Agder University in Norway.

In addition to his professorship at Copenhagen, he is the founder and first head of the Center (now Department) of Strategic Management and Globalization there. He runs the Organizations and Markets blog with Peter G. Klein, professor at the University of Missouri.[4]

Foss studies primarily strategic management, especially the theory of the firm, economic organization and social sciences methodology. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals and written and edited over 20 books.

Selected publication[edit]

  • Foss, Nicolai J., (ed.) Resources, firms, and strategies: a reader in the resource-based perspective. Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Foss, Nicolai J., and Christian Knudsen, (eds.) Towards a competence theory of the firm. Routledge, 2013.

Articles, a selection:[5]


  1. ^ Conner, Kathleen R., and Coimbatore K. Prahalad. "A resource-based theory of the firm: Knowledge versus opportunism." Organization science 7.5 (1996): 477-501.
  2. ^ Crossan, Mary M., Henry W. Lane, and Roderick E. White. "An organizational learning framework: From intuition to institution." Academy of management review 24.3 (1999): 522-537.
  3. ^ CV, accessed at April 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Organizations & Markets blog about page, accessed at February 25, 2011
  5. ^ Google Scholar profile

External links[edit]

  • Homepage at the Copenhagen Business School