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 scholar at SMU and INSEAD in Singapore.
Prior to joining Wilfrid Laurier University, Sebastian was Assistant Professor at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. 2007-2010 Sebastian gained practical experience in global corporate finance and strategy projects for the world’s leading diamond company, De Beers, in London.
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 and an expert skier.
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.
Sebastian is a prized reviewer and his research on organizational learning, strategic leadership, and reconciling organizational tensions has been published in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, California Management Review, Human Resource Management, and Small Business Economics.
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