Professor Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Work and Organisation Department   

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is Full Professor of Entrepreneurship Development and Associate Dean International at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.  He is a member of the Aston Business School Senior Management Team.  He is former Head of Work and Organisation Department, former Academic Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ‘10,000 Small Businesses’ programme, and former Director of the MSc Human Resource Management PT. His specialist areas of research, academic publications and teaching include strategic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and development, innovation, and diverse entrepreneurship.

He has received funding from various organisations, including ESRC, ERDF, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Leicestershire Learning and Skills Council, Centre for Enterprise and UK Trade and Investment to examine entrepreneurship in different contexts and deliver impact.  Apart from contributing to a number of books and special issues as an editor, his papers have won prizes in international conferences and have been published in a wide range of highly reputable academic journals, including British Journal of Management, Work, Employment and Society, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Public Administration and Technovation.

He has over 10 years of industry experience in the private and public sectors, in the UK and abroad, prior to his academic carrier.  

Role: Professor of Entrepreneurship Development and Associate Dean International
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3472 Email: n.theodorakopoulos@aston.ac.uk 
Room: SW8015               

  • 2008 PhD in Strategic Entrepreneurship, De Montfort University, UK 
  • Award winning project – sponsored by the Centre for Enterprise (CfE) 
  • 1997 Master in Business Administration (MBA), University of Leicester, UK 
  • 1996  BSc in Business Administration, The American College of Greece

 

Academic:

  • 2015 - Date: Reader in Strategic Entrepreneurship Development, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham UK
  • 2012 - 2014: Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Management  Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 2010 – 2012 Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Management,  Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 2004 – 2009 Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management,  Department of Strategy & Management – Leicester Business School
  • 1999 – 2004 Lecturer in Management & Enterprise,  Department of Business & Management Studies – Leicester Business School  

 Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Co-Director of the Aston Centre for People and Organisations

  • Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, Aston Business School 
  • Contributing to the design and delivery of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, Aston Business School 
  • Director of the MSc HRM & Business PT course and leader of course and module teams, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels  
  • Learning and Teaching Convenor of the Work and Organisation Psychology Group 

Also responsible for:

  • Delivering various modules in entrepreneurship, strategic change and management in academic and executive development programmes
  • Undertaking curriculum development of academic and executive development programmes relating to strategic development and performance management  
  • Managing research projects in the areas of strategic entrepreneurship, management learning and diversity 
  • Supervising MBA, MSc and Doctoral students
  • Producing, publishing and disseminating relevant scholarly work, including academic articles and project report
  • Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship, University of Cauca, Popayan, Colombia.

At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK, France, Malaysia and Singapore

Postgraduate

  • Entrepreneurship for the World - MSc
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation – MBA
  • Strategy, Change and Leadership -  MSc
  • International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources – MSc 

Undergraduate (BA Business Studies; BA Business & Management)

  • Learning, Training & Development – year 3 
  • Managing Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) – year 3 
  • Strategic Aspects of Organisational Performance – year 3 
  • Contemporary Business Issues – year 3 
  • International Perspectives in Organisations – year 2 
  • Strategic Management – year 3 
  • Management and Strategy, year 2 
  • Business in Context (comprising principles of HRM, Marketing & Operations) – year 1 

With regard to executive development, I have designed, developed and delivered management development courses to a diverse array of organisations in the private and public sectors, such as the Russian Space Agency in Moscow and small firms in various programmes in England.
Moreover, I have acted as a consultant to a host of organisations in the private and public sectors on issues relating to strategic development and performance management.

Specialist areas of research and funding relate to entrepreneurial learning and innovation, strategic entrepreneurship and change, diverse entrepreneurship and inclusive procurement.

  • ESIF award – Full project Value: 1,250,000 – Funding to Aston: £853,416, Academic Lead 
‘Innovation Vouchers, Phase 2 – 
Enhancing SME competitiveness through Innovation’ - Jul 2016 – Jun 2019

Building on the success of its predecessor, this three-year engagement project involves the delivery of workshops on managing innovation and provision of innovation vouchers to build the innovation capacity of 190 SMEs in LEP areas of the West Midlands region.  This project is undertaken with Prof. Pawan Budhwar, Dr Geoff Parkes and Dr Stathis Tapinos.  It is theory-driven, with high potential for impact – in partnership with BCU and UW.
  • ERDF award – Full Project Value: £450,183, Academic Lead

With Prof. Pawan Budhwar, Dr Geoff Parkes and Dr Stathis Tapinos
‘Innovation Vouchers’ (Oct 2013 – Jun 2015)

This project involved the delivery of workshops on managing innovation and provision of innovation vouchers to build the innovation capacity of SMEs in the West Midlands.

  • Department for Business Innovation and Skills – £74,980, Principal Investigator   

With Prof. Mark Hart, Dr Gary Burke and Prof. Ute Stephan
‘Sociology of Enterprise: Growth Disposition’ (May 2014 – Jun 2015)
The project examined the factors that shape small business owner-managers’ growth disposition, using social theory. The project has a high potential to influence entrepreneurship development policy.

  • ESRC award ES/J001538/1 - £83,150, Principal Investigator 

 ‘An Online Assessment and Development Tool for Business Incubators: Measuring to Improve Business Incubation Management Skills, Performance and Impact’ (Jan 2012 – Mar 2013)

This project developed an online assessment and benchmarking tool for UKBI and its members, i.e. business incubation management practitioners and stakeholders concerned with evaluating business incubation.

Completed Projects - Reports

 

  • An Online Assessment and Development Tool for Business Incubators: Measuring to Improve Business Incubation Management Skills, Performance and Impact’ - ESRC award ES/J001538/1 - £83,150, Principal Investigator

  • Facilitating Supplier Diversity: A Collaborative Approach to Engaging Underrepresented Suppliers and Large Firms - ESRC award RES-185-31-0060 - £98,500, Co-Investigator, with Prof. Monder Ram

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2010) Social Entrepreneurship in a Challenging Context: Exploring the key Success Factors in Supplier Diversity Intermediation (SBERG award - £2000)

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Ram, M. (2008) An Assessment of Current Practices in Supplier Diversity in the UK, Leicester Business School, Leicester (funded by HEIF- £75,000)

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Ram, M. (2007) An Examination of the Somali Entrepreneurial Activity in Leicester: Profile, Potential and Constraints, Leicestershire Learning and Skills Council, Leicester (commissioned by the Leicestershire Learning and Skills Council - £10,000).

  • Theodorakopoulos, and Ram, M. and (2006) An Evaluation of the Supplier Diversity East Midlands Pilot Initiative,Leicester Business School, Leicester(funded by HEIF - £200,000).

  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Worthington, I. (2005) A Guide for Large Purchasing Organisations and Ethnic Minority Suppliers, Equality and Human Rights Commission, London(commissioned by the then Commission for Racial Equality - £90,000).

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Ram, M. (2004)The Role of Supplier Diversity in Facilitating the Export Potential of UK EMBs to the USA, UKTrade and Investment, Nottingham(commissioned by UK Trade & Investment - £5,500).

  • Wyer, P. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2001)An Examination of the Nature and Form of Strategic Management Activity within Micro and Small Service Sector Businesses in Bedfordshire & Leicestershire, Centre for Enterprise, Leicester(commissioned by the Centre for Enterprise - £6,000).

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Wyer, P. (2000) An assessment of Netfleet Portal’s Potential (commissioned by a car fleet company - £2,000) 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed
  • Fred Nyakudya (2014) - PhD Thesis Title: Determinants of Entrepreneurship at the Regional Level: The Case of the East Midlands Region – Supervised with Tomasz Mickiewicz (Associate Supervisor) and Mark Hart (Associate Supervisor)
  • Margarita Nyfoudi (2015) - PhD Thesis Title: Managerial Coaching, Goal Orientation and Social Capital: an integrated framework towards performance improvement – Supervised with Helen Shipton (Associate Supervisor) and Pawan Budhwar (Associate Superviso
  • Jenny Surtees (2015) – PhD Thesis Title: An Evaluation of interorganizational innovation teams in the healthcare technology sector - Supervised with Louise Knight (First Supervisor) and Helen Shipton (Associate Supervisor)
  • Safa Arslan (2016) – PhD Thesis Title: Human Resource Management Practices in Turkish Knowledge-based SMEs – Supervised with Pawan Budhwar (First supervisor) and Jonathan Crawshaw (Associate Supervisor)
Current 
  • Ehsan Khavandkar – PhD Thesis Title: Modelling the Diffusion of Intellectual Capital Management Practices in Science Park Business Ecosystems – in progress, expected submission in 2017 – Supervised with Tomasz Mickiewicz and Mark Hart (Associate Supervisor)
  • Nick Keca – DBA Thesis title: ‘I’ in Team: The Mediating Effect of Team Boundary Management on Team Personality and Performance – in progress, expected submission in 2018 – Supervised with Joanne Lyubovnikova (First Supervisor) and Matthew Carter (Associate Supervisor)
  • Isabella Moore – DBA Thesis Title: An Examination of the Entrepreneurial Potential of Mature Female Entrepreneurs – in progress, expected submission in 2018 – Supervised with Mark Hart (First Supervisor) and Ute Stephan (Associate Supervisor)
  • Debra Blisson - PhD Thesis Title: Women’s enterprise policy in the UK – do we need different discourses? – in progress, expected submission in 2018 - Supervised with Mark Hart (First Supervisor) and Emma Folmer (Associate Supervisor)

Member of Executive Boards/Committees

  • 2011 - Date Member of the Board of Directors of IAMOT (International Association for the management of technology
  • 2011 - Date Member of the Aston Business School Board

 Member of Validation Panels

  • 2004 - Member of the London Metropolitan validation panels for BSc Business Information Technology and BA Logistics & Transport courses (franchised provisions, delivered by BCA in Greek/English)  
  • 2008 - Member of the Kingston University validation panel – articulation agreement between Faculty of Business and Law &Hellenic National Defence College for the award of the MSc in Human Resource Management  
  • 2012 - Member of the Irish Management Institute validation panel for the MSc in Management Practice course

External Examiner

Responsible for various programmes and modules in the areas of Entrepreneurship, HRM and Strategic Management.

2005 – 2009 London Metropolitan University:

  • Acting as external examiner in respect of the BA Business Enterprise and BA Business Studies programmes in London.

  • Also external examiner to the BA Business and Management and BSc Shipping & Transport programmes at BCA in Athens (franchised provisions, delivered in Greek/English)

2006 – 2012 University of Teesside:

  • Acting as an external examiner in respect of the BA Business Management (delivered in Greek/English), as well the MBA and MSc Management programmes (delivered in Greek), franchised provisions at the Mediterranean College in Athens.

2008 – 2013 University of Hertfordshire

  • Acting as an external examiner in respect of the BA Business Studies (delivered in Greek/English), as well the MBA and MSc Management programmes (delivered in Greek/English), franchised provisions at IST in Athens.

Guest Editor

  • Human Resource Management

  • European Journal of International Management

Reviewer to Academic Journals

  • Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society

  • Human Relations

  • International Small Business Journal

  • International Journal of Human Resource Management

  • Journal of Management Development

  • Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

  • Journal of Small Business Management

  • Thunderbird International Business Review

Other Memberships

  • Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM)

  • Member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)

  • Strategy as Practice Community

  • Athens Institute for Education & Research (ATINER)

  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College 
  • Member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) 
  • Member of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) 
  • Member of UK Business Incubation (UKBI)

Peer Reviewed Journals Articles

  • Mickiewicz, T. M., Hart, M., Nyakudya, F. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2019) Ethnic pluralism, immigration and entrepreneurship, Regional Studies, 53 (1) 80-94. CABS 3
  • Vershinina, N.A, Rodgers, P., Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos N.  and Rodionova, Y. (2018) False self-employment: the case of Ukrainian migrants in London’s construction sector, Industrial Relations Journal, 49 (1), 2-18. CABS 3
  • Rodgers, P., Vershinina, N.A, Williams, C.C., Theodorakopoulos N. (2018) Leveraging symbolic capital: the use of blat networks across transnational spaces, Global Networks 19 (1), 119–136. CABS 3
  • Psychogios, A., Nyfoudi, M., Theodorakopoulos, N., Samozi, L. and Prouska, R. (2017) Deciphering the Relationship between Adverse Working Conditions and Organizational Citizenship Behaviour of Employees in SMEs During a Severe Economic Crisis, British Journal of Management, 1-19. CABS 4
  • Sanchez, D., Claes, B. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2016) ‘Transferring intermediate technologies to rural enterprises in developing economies: a conceptual framework’, Prometheus, 34 (2), 153-170. CABS 2
  • Figueira, N., Theodorakopoulos, N and Caselli, G. (2016).  ‘Unveiling Scholars’ Conceptions of Academic Risk Taking: A Phenomenographic Study’, Studies in Higher Education, 43(8), 1307-1320. CABS 3
  • Mickiewicz, T., Nyakudya, F., Theodorakopoulos, N and Hart, M. (2016) ‘Resource Endowment and Opportunity-Cost Effects along the Stages of Entrepreneurship’ Small Business Economics, 48 (4), 953–976. CABS 3
  • Figueira, C., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Caselli, G. (2016) ‘Migrant Entrepreneurs as Cosmopolitan Change Agents: A Bourdieuan Perspective on Capital Accumulation’, Society and Business Review, 11 (3). CABS 2                                                                                                                   
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Ram, M. and Kakabadse, N. (2015) ‘Procedural Justice and Inclusive Interorganisational Relations: An Institutional Perspective’, British Journal of Management, 26, pp. 237-254. CABS 4                                                                                                                                 
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Budhwar, P. (2015) ‘Diversity and Inclusion in Different Work Settings: Emerging Patterns, Challenges, Implications and Research Agenda’, Human Resource Management, 54 (2), Mar/Apr, pp. 177-197. CABS 4*                                                                         
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. Bennett, D. and Sanchez, D. (2014) ‘Intermediation for University-to-Industry Technology Transfer in a Developing Country Context: A Situated Learning Theory Perspective’, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 26 (7-8), pp. 645-662.           CABS 3
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Kakabadse, N. and McGowan, C. (2014) ‘What Matters in Business Incubation? A literature Review and A Suggestion for Situated Theorising’, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 21 (4), 602-622. CABS 2
  • Theodorakopoulos, Bennett, D., N., Kakabadse, N. and Figueira, C. (2014) ‘Diversifying into Technical Clothing Manufacture as Entrepreneurial Learning: A Situated Learning Theory Perspective’, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25 (5), pp. 676-693. CABS 2
  • Theodorakopoulos, N, Ram M. and Beckinsale, M. (2013) ‘Developing Large Procurers and Ethnic Minority Business Owners for Supplier Diversity’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24 (12), pp. 2321-2338. CABS 3
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2013) A Framework for Developing the Relationship between Large Purchasing Organisations and Ethnic Minority Suppliers, Journal of Management Development, 32 (1), pp.113 – 126. CABS 1
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Sanchez, D. and Bennett, D. (2012) ‘Transferring Technology from Academia to Rural Industry within a Developing Economy Context: The Case for Nurturing Communities of Practice’, Technovation, 32 (9-10), pp. 550-559. CABS 3
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Figueira, C. (2012) ‘What Can Situated Learning Theory Tell us About Entrepreneurial Performance? Lessons from a High Technology Small Firm’, Thunderbird International Business Review, 54 (6), pp. 859-873. CABS 2
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Budhwar, P. and Patel, C. (2012) Knowledge Flows, Learning and Development in an International Context, European Journal of International Management, Special Issue 6 (1), pp. 1-9 CABS 1                                                                                                                 
  • Beckinsale, M., Ram M. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2011) ‘ICT Adoption and E-business Development’, International Small Business Journal, 29 (3), pp. 193-219.    CABS 3
  • Jones, T., Ram, M. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2010) ‘Transnationalism as a Force for Ethnic Minority Enterprise? The Case of Somalis in Leicester’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34 (3), pp. 565-585 CABS 2
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2009) ‘Supplier Diversity as a Manifestation of Corporate Social Responsibility: Mind the Context’, editorial in Advances in Management, 2 (4), p. 1-5.     
  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Jones, T. (2008) ‘Forms of Capital, Mixed Embeddedness and Somali Enterprise’, Work, Employment and Society, 22 (3), pp. 427-446. CABS 4
  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Worthington, I.(2007)‘Policy Transfer in Practice: Implementing Supplier Diversity in the UK’, Public Administration, 85 (3), pp. 1-25 CABS 4
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Ram, M., Worthington, I. (2005)‘Supply Chain Learning: Experimenting with Supplier Diversity’,International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 1 (4), pp. 461-478. CABS 1
  • Wyer, P., Mason, J. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2000) ‘An examination of the Concept of the Learning Organisation within the Context of Small Business Development’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 6 (4), pp. 239-259. CABS 2