Sebastian Fourné obtained his PhD at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, in 2014. He was a visiting PhD Candidate at INSEAD in Singapore. Sebastian currently is visiting scholar at Erasmus University Rotterdam and at Singapore Management University.
Prior to joining Wilfrid Laurier University, Sebastian was Assistant Professor at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. 2007-2010 Sebastian gained practical experience in corporate finance and global strategy projects for the world’s leading diamond company, De Beers, in London, UK.
He obtained his MSc in Strategic Management 'Cum Laude' and his BSc in International Business Administration 'Cum Laude' at RSM and completed an exchange at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sebastian is also a professional golfer, an expert skier, a modestly talented tennis player, and overall a sports fan.
Sebastian is intrigued by the notion that most organizations tend to focus on existing businesses and clients, and are not able to break away from existing routines and processes in order to explore new business models and markets.
To what extent are existing firms able to facilitate the emergence of entrepreneurship within their organization and, even more difficult, balance this desire of innovation and change with a continued focus on operational excellence?
In this quest, Sebastian is interested in the strategic leadership roles as well as relationships of top and middle managers, in how they conjointly facilitate organizational change.
Sebastian's second research stream focuses on family-owned firms' and start-ups' internationalization - especially drivers of in-/decreasing commitment to foreign markets over time given competitors' actions and external shocks.
Sebastian is an award winning author (e.g., the 2017 AOM IM Division's CEIBS Best Paper Award recipient and a John Wiley & Sons high impact author) and a prized reviewer. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, California Management Review, European Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Human Resource Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, and Small Business Economics.
Fourné, S. P. L., Rosenbusch, N., Heyden, M. L. M., & Jansen, J. J. P. 2019. Structural and Contextual Approaches to Ambidexterity: A Meta-analysis of Organizational and Environmental Contingencies. European Management Journal, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2019.04.002.
Kim, P. H., Kotha, R., Fourné, S. P. L., & Coussement, K. 2019. Taking leaps of faith: Evaluation criteria and resource commitments for early-stage inventions. Research Policy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2019.02.004.
Fourné, S. P. L., & Zschoche, M. 2018. Reducing uncertainty in follow-up FDI: Imitation by family firms. Global Strategy Journal, https://doi.org/10.1002/gsj.1331.
Arndt, F. F., Fourné, S. P. L., & MacInerney, K. 2018. The Merits of Playing It by the Book: Routine versus Deliberate Learning and the Development of Dynamic Capabilities, Industrial and Corporate Change, 27(4): 723-743, doi: 10.1093/icc/dty005.
Heyden, M. L. M., Fourné, S. P. L., Koene, B., Ansari, S., & Werkman, R. 2017. Rethinking ‘Top-Down’ and ‘Bottom-Up’ Roles of Top and Middle Managers in Organizational Change: Implications for Employee Support. Journal of Management Studies, 54(7): 961-985, https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12258.
Glaser, L., Fourné, S. P. L., & Elfring, T. 2015. Achieving Strategic Renewal: The Multi-level Influences of Top and Middle Managers’ Boundary-spanning. Small Business Economics, 45(2): 305-327, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-015-9633-5.
Mom, T. J. M., Fourné, S. P. L., & Jansen, J. J. P. 2015. Managers' Work Experience, Ambidexterity, and Performance: The Contingency Role of the Work Context. Human Resource Management, 54(1): 133-153, https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21663.
Fourné, S. P. L., Jansen, J. J. P., & Mom, T. J. M. 2014. Strategic Agility in MNEs: Managing Tensions to Capture Opportunities across Emerging and Established Markets. California Management Review, 56(3): 13-38, https://doi.org/10.1525/cmr.2014.56.3.13.
Fourné, S. P. L., Guessow, D., & Schäffer, U. A. 2018. Controller Roles: Scale Development and Validation. In Performance Measurement and Management Control: The Relevance of Performance Measurement and Management Control Research (pp. 143-190). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited.
Fourné, S.P.L. 2014. Managing Organizational Tensions: A Multi-Level Perspective on Exploration, Exploitation, and Ambidexterity. Rotterdam, NL: Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/1765/76075.
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