Personal profile


Dr. Mariano (Pitòsh) Heyden joined the Monash Business School in 2017, where he is currently a full Professor of Strategy & International Business, having served as Director of the PhD Program in the Department of Management until 2024. He holds a PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (2012).


Prof. Heyden has been awarded the Monash Business School’s Excellence in Research Award and previously received a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research and Innovation at the University of Newcastle (Australia), where he was a faculty member from 2012-2017. Prof. Heyden has been funded over AU$800k in his career, including the prestigious Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA-17)  for a comprehensive large-scale global project on gender diversity policies for corporate boards. 


Prof Heyden’s research tackles the diverse characteristics of senior business leaders that enable innovation and change. His interdisciplinary approach intersects strategic leadership, corporate governance, and strategic renewal; being published in top international journals, such as Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Research Policy, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, and The Leadership Quarterly; as well as book chapters by Oxford, Palgrave Macmillan, and Springer. His research-informed engagement with topical issues features in ABC News, Business Insider, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, The Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, and World Economic Forum. His ~250k reads in The Conversation are top-ranked all-time in the Department of Management at Monash.


Pitòsh teaches undergraduate, postgraduate, executive, and doctoral students across the world through innovative hybrid modes. His classes include Strategic Management, Global Business Strategy, Contemporary topics in Management, and Advanced Research Methods, while also teaching directly to industry through customized in-house curricula. He has received several commendations for teaching excellence throughout his career. As an acknowledged world-class educator, he was hand-picked by the director of the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) program to be a PRME Twitter Voice. He was also nominated as Monash PhD Supervisor of the Year (2021) for his excellence in PhD supervision.


Prof Heyden’s has an enduring international record of service to the professional community. Among others, he is a Senior Editor at Journal of Business Research (IF >11.00 ) and sits on the editorial boards of top journals such as Journal of Management Studies (UK) and Journal of Management (US), while serving as expert reviewer for marquee international outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of International Business Studies. He has served as Guest Editor for  outlets such as Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management Control, and Corporate Governance: An International Review.


He is an active member of flagship learned societies, including the Academy of Management (AOM) Strategic Management Society (SMS), and Academy of International Business (AIB). In these communities, he leads professional development events, serves on award committees, chairs sessions, presents his research, and mentors Early Career Researchers (especially from underrepresented groups).


Prof Heyden’s international standing is recognized by prominent stakeholders. He has been a grant assessor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the US and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), further consulting for international publishing houses such as Taylor & Francis (UK). Among others, he has been an invited visiting scholar at Singapore Management U. (Singapore), WHU (Germany), Hofstra U. (US), Erasmus U. (Netherlands), Bayreuth U. (Germany), and held the Lazaridis Visiting Professorship at Wilfrid Laurier U. (Canada, 2018). He is an elected Representative-at-Large for the SMS’s Strategic Leadership & Governance Interest Group, Global Representative for the Strategic Management (STR) Division of AOM, and serves as Trustee Director on the Council of the Society for Advancement of Management Studies (UK), the learned society publishing the FT50-ranked Journal of Management Studies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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