Faculty & Staff
Stephan D. Manning, PhD
Associate Professor of Management
Areas of Expertise
My research is at the intersection of business strategy, economic development and institutional processes. I focus on global sourcing and geographic clusters, sustainability standards, and project-based entrepreneurship. I have special industry expertise in film and creative industries, automotive industry, and global business services. I have done field research in China, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Romania, South Africa and the United States. My research has been published in numerous top-tier academic journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Human Relations and Research Policy. I serve as Senior Editor of Management and Organization Review. I am co-founder of the Organizations and Social Change (OSC) Research Group, and lead editor and author of the OSC blog. I also write regularly for The Conversation, The Broker and other blog platforms.
PhD, Free University Berlin, School of Business and Economics
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Manning, S. 2017. “The Rise of Project Network Organizations: Building Core Teams and Flexible Partner Pools for Interorganizational Projects”. Research Policy. Forthcoming.
- Kannothra, C.G.; Manning, S.; Haigh, N. 2017. “How Hybrids Manage Growth and Social-Business Tensions in Global Supply Chains: The Case of Impact Sourcing”. Journal of Business Ethics. Forthcoming.
- Manning, S., Kannothra, C.G., Wissman-Weber, N. 2017. ”The strategic potential of community-based hybrid models: The case of global business services in Africa”. Global Strategy Journal, 7, 125-149.
- Manning, S.; Bejarano, T.A. 2017. “Convincing the Crowd: Entrepreneurial Storytelling in Crowdfunding Campaigns”. Strategic Organization. Forthcoming. LINK:
- Manning, S., Reinecke, J. 2016. “A Modular Governance Architecture In-The-Making: How Transnational Standard-Setters Govern Sustainability Transitions”. Research Policy, 45 (3), 618-633.
- Levy, D.L., Reinecke, J., Manning, S. 2016. “The Political Dynamics of Sustainable Coffee: Contested Value Regimes and the Transformation of Sustainability”. Journal of Management Studies, 53(3), 364-401.
- Manning, S., Larsen, M.M., Bharati, P. 2015. “Global Delivery Models: The Role of Talent, Speed and Time Zones in the Global Outsourcing Industry”. Journal of International Business Studies, 46 (7), 850-877.
- Foster, P., Manning, S., Terkla, D. 2015. “The Rise of Hollywood East: Regional Film Offices as Intermediaries in Film and Television Production Clusters”. Regional Studies, 49 (3), 433-450.
- Manning, S. 2014. “Mitigate, Tolerate or Relocate? Offshoring Challenges, Strategic Imperatives and Resource Constraints”. Journal of World Business, 49 (4), 522-535.
- Manning, S., Roessler, D. 2014. “The Formation of Cross-Sector Development Partnerships: How Bridging Agents Shape Project Agendas and Longer-term Alliances”. Journal of Business Ethics. 123 (3), 527-547.
- Manning, S., Hutzschenreuter, T., Strathmann, A. 2013. “Emerging Capability or Continuous Challenge? Relocating Knowledge Work and Managing Process Interfaces”. Industrial and Corporate Change, 22 (5), 1159-1193.
- Larsen, M.M., Manning, S., Pedersen, T. 2013. “Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Offshoring: The Interplay of Complexity, Organizational Design and Experience”. Strategic Management Journal, 34 (5), 533-552.
- Manning, S. 2013. “New Silicon Valleys or a New Species? Commoditization of Knowledge Work and the Rise of Knowledge Services Clusters”. Research Policy, 42, 379-390.
- Manning, S., Boons, F., Von Hagen, O., Reinecke, J. 2012. “National Contexts Matter: The Co-Evolution of Sustainability Standards in Global Value Chains”. Ecological Economics, 83, 197-209.
- Manning, S., Sydow, J., Windeler, A. 2012. “Securing Access to Lower-Cost Talent Globally: The Dynamics of Active Embedding and Field Structuration”. Regional Studies, 46 (9), 1201-1218.
- Reinecke, J., Manning, S., Von Hagen, O. 2012 “The Emergence of a Standards Market: Multiplicity of Sustainability Standards in the Global Coffee Industry”. Organization Studies, 33 (5/6), 789-812.
- Manning, S., Lewin, A.Y., Schuerch, M. 2011. “The Stability of Offshore Outsourcing Relationships: The Role of Relation Specificity and Client Control“; Management International Review, 51, 381-406.
- Manning, S., Sydow, J. 2011. “Projects, Paths, and Practices: Sustaining and Leveraging Project-Based Relationships”; Industrial and Corporate Change, 20 (5), 1369-1402.
- Manning, S., Ricart, J.-E., Rosatti Rique, M.S., Lewin, A.Y. 2010. “From Blind Spots to Hotspots: How Knowledge Services Clusters Develop and Attract Foreign Investment”; Journal of International Management, 16 (4), 369-382.
- Manning, S., von Hagen, O. 2010. “Linking Local Experiments to Global Standards: How Project Networks Promote Global Institution-Building“; Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26 (4), 398-416.
- Manning, S. 2010. “The Strategic Formation of Project Networks: A Relational Practice Perspective”; Human Relations, 63 (4), 551-573.
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2006-2009 Senior Research Associate, Offshoring Research Network, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC
2002-2006 Research Fellow, Free University Berlin, Institute of Management, Berlin, Germany
2001-2002 Research Assistant, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Unit Labour Market and Employment, Berlin, Germany
2000 Evaluator of UNICEF Urban Out-of-School Program and Volunteer Consultant in Lekhnath Municipality, Nepal
1999-2000 Analyst at Consulting Firm for Regional Economic Development, Berlin, German
Strategic Management (MGT490, MGT689)
Managing in the Global Economy (MGT434, MGT 675)
Business and Its Environment (MGT660)
Global and Political Economy Dimensions of Organization (CM 760)
Professional and Service Activities
I am co-editor and regular author of the Organizations and Social Change blog. I serve as ad-hoc reviewer for several management journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, and the Academy of Management Perspectives. I am member of the Academic of Management, the Academy of International Business and the European Group for Organizational Studies. I am further affiliated with the international Offshoring Research Network (ORN), based at Duke University. As ORN partner I co-moderate discussion groups on offshoring and outsourcing on XING and LinkedIn, and have been involved in corporate advisory projects and practitioner workshops, e.g. in collaboration with the Conference Board and the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.
You can also follow me on Twitter or visit my personal website.