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Felix Arndt

Adjunct Faculty


  • PhD; MSc Industrial Engineering & Logistics, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany (2014)
  • Diploma-Ingenieur, Industrial Engineering & Management, Berlin University of Technology (TU), Germany (2007)
  • Immersion: Strategic Innovation
  • Simulation
  • Strategic Analysis 

Academic experience 

  • John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship, Gordon S Lang School of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, Canada (tenured) (2020 – Present)
  • Professor, Chair in Business and Management, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (2017 – 2020)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Agder, Norway (2018 – 2021)
  • Research Fellow of the Center for Sports and Business, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden (2018 – Present)
  • Visiting Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (2016 – 2017)
  • Adjunct Professor, EMBA, S P Jain School of Global Management, Sydney / Singapore / Mumbai / Dubai (2016 – Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany (2014 – Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, EMBA, University of South Australia, Adelaide/Hong Kong, Australia (2014 – 2016)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, Ningbo / Shanghai, China (UNNC) (2013 – 2016)

Corporate Experience

  • Managing Director, EZ Carry Cone, London (Invention and Licensing) (2017 – Present)
  • Managing Director, Talk with Bricks, Berlin (Germany) / Taipeh (Taiwan) (Consulting) (2016 – Present)
  • Business Angel / Advisor for Startups (2012 – Present)
  • Freelancer for Kienbaum Management Consultants (2012 – 2014)
  • Chief Strategy Officer / Member of the Board, Recordatio AG (2008 – 2009)
  • Director / Head of the Competence Center for Strategy, CubeServ Group, Germany / Switzerland (2007 – 2008)
  • Lobbyist “Deutsches Verkehrsforum” (2004 – 2007)
  • Internships Siemens & BMW Group, Consultant BMW Group (2002 – 2004)


  • Röell. C., Arndt, F., Kumar, V.: A blessing and a curse: Institutional embeddedness of longstanding MNE subsidiaries in emerging markets, Journal of Management Studies.
  • Röell. C., Osabutey, E., Rodgers, P., Arndt, F., Khan, Z., & Tarba, S.: Managing socio-political risk at the subnational level: lessons from MNE subsidiaries in Indonesia. Journal of World Business.
  • Yin, J, Dai, W., Liao, M., Arndt, F: Corporate philantrophy, political connections, and external corporate venture capital Asia Pacific Journal of Management.
  • Qiu, Y., Bouncken, R., Arndt, F. and Ng, W.: Do-it-yourself while running it together: How disparate projects form an entrepreneurial ecosystem, Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
  • Arndt, F., Huang, T. and Ng, W. (2021): DIY labs and communities of practice and open innovation in a digitalized environment, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.
  • Zhou, P., Arndt, F., Jiang, K. and Wei, D. (2021): Looking backward and forward: Environmental corporate social responsibility and political links in China, Journal of Business Ethics
  • Ng, W, Arndt, F. and Huang. T. (2021): Do-it-yourself labs as integration-based ecosystems, Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • Arndt, F. (2021): Superminds: The surprising power of people and computers thinking together, Organisation Studies, 42(5).
  • Dai, W., Arndt, F. and Liao, M. (2020): Hear it right from the horses mouth: Opportunities and government policies. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
  • Ng., W. and Arndt, F. (2019): I never needed eyes to see: Seeking Opportunities from Challenges, Journal of Business Venturing Insights
  • Arndt, F., Fourne, S., and MacInerney, K. (2018): Disentangling the relationship between organization structure and dynamic capabilities. Industrial and Corporate Change, 27(4).
  • Yang, L. Liu, D., Ying, Y. and Arndt, F. (2018): Improvisation for innovation: the contingent role of resource and structural factors in explaining innovation capabilities. Technovation, 74.
  • Richter, U. and Arndt, F. (2018): Cognitive processes in the CSR decision-making process: A sensemaking perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 148(3).
  • Arndt, F. (2018): Dynamic capabilities – an overview, retrospective, and research agenda. Journal of Management and Organization, SI 12/2017
  • Arndt, F. and Pierce, L. (2018): The behavioural and evolutionary roots of dynamic capabilities. Industrial and Corporate Change, 27(2).
  • Arndt, F. and Ashkanasy, N. (2015): Ambiculturalism and fusion theory – A world with open doors, Academy of Management Review, 40(1).
  • Arndt, F. and Bach, N. (2015): An evolutionary perspective on dynamic capabilities, Journal of Management and Organization, 21.
  • Galvin, P. and Arndt, F. (2014): Strategic Management – Building depth as well as breadth, Journal of Management and Organization, 20(2).
  • Arndt, F. and Jucevicius, G. (2013): Antecedents and outcomes of dynamic capabilities, Social Sciences, 81(3).
  • Härtel, C. and Arndt, F. (2012): Some thoughts about reviewing: An editor's and newcomer's perspective, Journal of Management and Organization, 18(2). (Editorial)
  • Arndt, F. (2011): Assessing dynamic capabilities: Mintzberg’s schools of thought, South African Journal of Business Management, 42(1).
  • Arndt, F. (2011): Strategic Management and Dynamic Capabilities: Organizing for Innovation and Growth, Organisation Studies, 32(4). (Book review)

Conference Papers Presented

  • Conference paper presented by ‘Academy of Management’, ‘Strategic Management Society’, ‘European Group of Organization Studies’, ‘Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management’
  • The paper “Dynamic capabilities in moderately changing environments - The effect of structure” won the best stream award at the ANZAM conference 2013
  • Two papers have been nominated for best paper awards (both from the SMS)

Chapters in Books

  • Arndt, F, Katic, M., Mistry, A. and Nafei, S. (2022): Dynamic capabilities for global value chains: From deployment to selection, in Agarwal, R., Bajada, C., Green, R., Skellern, K., The Routledge Companion to Global Value Chains, Routledge.
  • Arndt, F. and Ahmadi, A. (2022): Innovation and dynamic capabilities. In Agarwal R., Green, G. Innovation Management, Routledge
  • Tihic, M., Shaheen, G., and Arndt, F. (2022): How entrepreneurs with physical and mental health challenges can benefit from an entrepreneurial ecosystem approach, in Yousafzai, S. and Ng, W., Exploring Intersectionality between Disability and Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar, UK.
  • Archer, G., Arndt, F. and Robinson, F. (2021): Divine opportunities in environmental entrepreneurship, in Gianiodis, P., Espina, M., Meek, W., World Scientific Encyclopedia of Business Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship, World Scientific Publishing, US.
  • Ojo, N., Mafimisebi, O. and Arndt, F. (2021): Female entrepreneurs’ innovativeness in the digital ecosystem, in Baumann, S., Handbook of Digitial Ecosystems, Edward Elgar, UK.
  • Huang, T. and Arndt, F. (2018): Entrepreneurship and creativity education in China, in Martin, L. and Wilson, N. (Eds.), International Handbook of Creativity at Work, Palgrave Macmillan Pubs. Hampshire.
  • Arndt, F. (2015): Article on asset specificities, Volume 6 International Management of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition.

Conferences & Workshops

  • The Entrepreneur Conference (01/2015) (Practitioner Conference): Keynote speaker
    and Panelist, Shanghai, China
  • SMS (12/2014): Chair of two paper sessions
  • UNNC (11/2014): Keynote speaker, Conference ‘The Future of International Higher Education’
  • U21 (11/2014): Conference Organizer / Co-Chair ‘The Future of International Higher Education’
  • UNNC (05/2014): Keynote speaker ‘Entrepreneurship Day’

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014: University of Nottingham Knowledge Exchange and Innovation for Social
    Science Tri-Campus Award: Global Mentorship Program