Imperial College London

Dr Jan-Michael Ross

Business School

Associate Professor of Strategy



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Jan Ross is Associate Professor of Strategy and Deputy Head of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School. In times when environmental shocks (COVID-19, Brexit, technological change, shifting customer preferences, etc.) can lead to disruption of firms’ competitive advantage through increased rivalry and resource erosion, his research provides insights on how firms manage downside risk when competing in changing environments and how to capitalise on the upsides in uncertain environments. Jan's research combines strategic thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset to analyse the role of uncertainty for effective competitive strategies, market entry strategies, imitation and resource-allocation decisions. This work has relevance for firms seeking to navigate arising trade-offs in uncertain times, while building resilience and achieving sustainable business performance. 

Jan's research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal.

He has teaching experience in Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Global Business Management, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, Strategic Product Management. Since 2020 Jan is Academic Course Director for the Summer School on Business Strategy & Consulting.

Brief vita:
Jan-Michael Ross studied Business Administration at the University of Kiel and University of Hohenheim in Germany. After graduating, he worked at Daimler AG in Van Development, Truck Product Creation, Procurement & Logistics, as well as in the Quality Management of the Mercedes Car Group. Jan was doctoral candidate at Zeppelin University and University of Augsburg. After his PhD, he joined as postdoc the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department at Imperial College Business School and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship (Strategy & OB Group).



Posen HE, Ross J-M, Wu B, et al., 2022, Reconceptualizing Imitation: Implications for Dynamic Capabilities, Innovation, and Competitive Advantage, Academy of Management Annals, ISSN:1941-6067

Fini R, Perkmann M, Ross J-M, 2022, Attention to exploration: the effect of academic entrepreneurship on the production of scientific knowledge, Organization Science, Vol:33, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:495-871

Sharapov D, Ross J-M, 2019, Whom should a leader imitate? Using rivalry-based imitation to manage strategic risk in changing environments, Strategic Management Journal, Vol:2019, ISSN:0143-2095, Pages:1-32

Ross J, Fisch JH, 2018, How to Launch Products in Uncertain Markets, Mit Sloan Management Review, Vol:60, ISSN:1532-9194, Pages:61-64

Ross J-M, Fisch JH, Varga E, 2018, Unlocking the value of real options: how firm-specific learning conditions affect R&D investments under uncertainty, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol:12, ISSN:1932-4391, Pages:335-353

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