Faculty & Staff

Stephan D. Manning, PhD

Associate Professor of Management


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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

Additional Information



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

Courses Taught

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.