Pitosh Heyden

Assoc Professor


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Personal profile


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 award for Research & Innovation Excellence. 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*), Industrial Marketing Management (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, The Australian, 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 has served 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 International Business Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Management Studies. He has also served on best paper committees of several major annual conferences, including the Best Paper Prize at the Strategic Management Society and the Carolyn Dexter Award of the Academy of Management.


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 diversity quotas for corporate boards. His expertise has further been sought as a grant assessor for the National Science Foundation of the US and the Australian Research Council


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