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Mariano L.M. Heyden

Professor of Strategy & International Business, Monash University

Dr. Mariano (Pitòsh) Heyden is Professor of Strategy & International Business at the Monash Business School, where he is the Director of the PhD Program in the Department of Management. He holds a PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management. Prior to Monash, he was a faculty member at the Newcastle Business School (AU), where he was recognized with a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research & Innovation Excellence. Prof Heyden has been awarded over AU$700k in funding over his career, including the Australian Research Council’s prestigious Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA-17).

Prof Heyden’s research helps uncover the characteristics of senior business leaders that enable or constrain innovation and change. His interdisciplinary approach intersects strategic leadership, corporate governance, and strategic renewal; being published in leading international journals, including Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Research Policy, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, 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, The Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, and the World Economic Forum's Agenda.

Pitòsh teaches undergraduate, postgraduate, executive, and doctoral students across the world through innovative hybrid teaching modes. His classes include Strategic Management, Global Business Strategy, and Advanced Research Methods. He has received several commendations for outstanding teaching performance from the Director of Education of the Newcastle Business School (2012-2016). In September 2020, he was the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Twitter Voice. He also teaches directly to industry through customized curricula, for instance, by facilitating strategic planning training to board directors of Australian superannuation funds.

Prof Heyden’s has an enduring record of service to the profession and international scholarly community. Among others, he sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Management Studies (UK), Australian Journal of Management (AU), and Corporate Governance: International Review (US), while serving as expert reviewer for marquee international outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organization Science, and Journal of International Business Studies. He has guest edited special issues in Journal of Management Control, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management Studies, Australian Journal of Management, and Research Policy; having previously served as Associate Editor at Elsevier’s European Management Journal from 2016-2019.

Prof Heyden’s international standing is recognized by prominent stakeholders. He is an active member of flagship learned societies, including the Academy of Management (AOM) and Strategic Management Society (SMS). In these communities, he regularly organizes events, chairs sessions, presents, and mentors Early Career Researchers. He has recently served on the Member Engagement Committee of the Strategy Division of AOM (2018-2020), the AOM’s Carolyn Dexter Award Committee (2020), and as reviewer for the SMS Conference’s Best Paper Prize (2019-present). He has further been a grant assessor for the National Science Foundation of the US and consults 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 at the Lazaridis Visiting Professorship at Wilfrid Laurier U. (Canada, 2018).

Prof. Heyden was recently elected Representative-at-Large for the SMS’s Strategic Leadership & Governance Division in 2021 (Chicago, USA). Starting in 2022, he will begin serving a three-year term as Trustee Director on the Council of the Society for Advancement of Management Studies (Durham, UK), the learned society publishing the FT50 Journal of Management Studies.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, Monash University


  • 2012 
    Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, PhD in Management / Strategy