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Dr. Mariano L.M. Heyden (b. Curaçao, 1984), affectionately known as Pitòsh, is Associate Professor of Strategy & International Business in the Department of Management at the Monash Business School (Melbourne, Australia). He obtained his PhD in Management (specialization in strategy) in 2012 from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Rotterdam, Netherlands). Prior to joining Monash, he held Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions at the Newcastle Business School (Newcastle, Australia), where he was recognized with a Vice Chancellor’s grant for Research & Innovation Excellence in 2015. He is among the youngest professoriate-level appointments in the “Group of 8” universities in Australia.


A/Prof Heyden’s research interests are at the intersection of strategic leadership, corporate governance, and organizational adaptation. His research appears in leading international outlets ranked A/A* by the Australian Business Deans Council, such as: Journal of Management (A*), Organization Studies (A*), Journal of Management Studies (A*), Human Resource Management (A*), Regional Studies (A*), Leadership Quarterly (A*), Long Range Planning (A), Global Strategy Journal (A), Industrial & Corporate Change (A), Journal of Business Ethics (A), International Journal of Human Resource Management (A), and MIT Sloan Management Review (A) as well as book chapters in volumes published by Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, and Springer. His research-informed thought leadership on topical issues appear in ABC News, Business Insider, The Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, Manage Magazine, and the World Economic Forum’s Agenda.


Pitòsh has taught undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral courses and seminars across Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the US, as well has global cohorts online. His teaching covers topics such as Strategic Management, International Business Strategy, Managing under Uncertainty, and Advanced Research Methods. He has received several commendations for outstanding teaching performance from the Director of Postgraduate Education of the Newcastle Business School (2012-2016). He has further been a visiting scholar at institutions such as Singapore Management University (Singapore, 2016), WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany, 2011, 2013, 2019), Hofstra University (USA, 2013-2018), INSCOPE Institute for Innovation (Netherlands, 2013-2016), and has held the prestigious Lazaridis Visiting Chair at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada, 2018).


A/Prof Heyden served as associate editor at the European Management Journal (Elsevier) from 2016-2019 and has served/is serving as guest editor for special issues of Journal of Management Studies (A*), Long Range Planning (A), and Journal of Management Control (A). He is also a member of flagship international learned societies, including the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, and Strategic Management Society and serves as a member of the Engagement Committee of the Strategy Division of the Academy of Management. He has served on the scientific committee of the European Academy of Management and commonly presents and chairs sessions at various international conferences. As a reviewer, his research expertise is regularly sought from international peer-refereed journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Management Studies.


In 2017 he was awarded AU$ 379,000 by the Australian Research Council under the prestigious Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) scheme for a global multi-year research project examining the effectiveness of gender quotas for corporate boards. His expertise has further been sought as a grant assessor for the National Science Foundation of the USA and the Australian Research Council

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2012 2019

Coming home and (not) moving in? Examining reshoring firms’ subnational location choices in the United States

Rasel, S., Abdulhak, I., Kalfadellis, P. & Heyden, M. L. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Regional Studies. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Four decades of CEO–TMT interface research: a review inspired by role theory

Georgakakis, D., Heyden, M. L. M., Oehmichen, J. D. R. & Ekanayake, U. I. K., Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Leadership Quarterly. 14 p., 101354.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Structural and contextual approaches to ambidexterity: a meta-analysis of organizational and environmental contingencies

Fourné, S. P. L., Rosenbusch, N., Heyden, M. L. M. & Jansen, J. J. P., 1 Oct 2019, In : European Management Journal. 37, 5, p. 564-576 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)

The conjoint influence of top and middle management characteristics on management innovation

Heyden, M. L. M., Sidhu, J. S. & Volberda, H. W., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Management. 44, 4, p. 1505-1529 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)

Unpacking functional experience complementarities in senior leaders’ influences on CSR strategy: a CEO–top management team approach

Reimer, M., Van Doorn, S. & Heyden, M. L. M., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 151, 4, p. 977-995 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review