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: email@example.com Room: SW8015
Co-Director of the Aston Centre for People and Organisations
Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship, University of Cauca, Popayan, Colombia.
At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK, France, Malaysia and Singapore
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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)
Member of Executive Boards/Committees
Member of Validation Panels
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.
Human Resource Management
European Journal of International Management
Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society
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
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)
Peer Reviewed Journals Articles
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