Work & Organisational Psychology Group
2008 PhD in Strategic Entrepreneurship, De Montfort University, UK
Award winning project – partially 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
Summary of Academic Career
2012 - Date: Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Management Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
Director of the MSc HRM & Business PT course and leader of course and module teams, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
Contributing to the design and delivery of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, at Aston Business School
Learning and Teaching Convenor of the Work and Organisation Psychology Group
Also responsible for:
Delivering various modules in management, strategic change and entrepreneurship 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 entrepreneurial learning, innovation, and diversity
Supervising MBA, MSc and Doctoral students
Producing, publishing and disseminating relevant scholarly work, including academic articles and project reports
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
Teaching, Training & Consultancy Experience
At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK, France, Malaysia and Singapore
MBA - Entrepreneurship & Innovation
MSc - Entrepreneurship for the World -
Strategy, Change and Leadership
International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources
DMS - Strategic Management
Undergraduate (BA Business Studies; BA Business & Management):
Year 1- Business in Context (comprising principles of HRM, Marketing & Operations) – year 1
Year 2- International Perspectives in Organisations
Management and Strategy, year 2
Year 3- Managing Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Strategic Aspects of Organisational Performance
Contemporary Business Issues
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.
Research Interests and Funding
Specialist areas of research and funding relate to Entrepreneurial Learning and Innovation, Strategic Entrepreneurship and Change, Diverse Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Procurement.
ESRC award ES/J001538/1 - £83,150, Principal Investigator
Business incubation related, follow-on, one year project (2012 – 2013).
An Online Assessment and Development Tool for Business Incubators: Measuring to Improve Business Incubation Management Skills, Performance and Impact
This project constitutes a collaborative venture with UKBI, the professional body of business incubation management in the UK. It aims to provide proof-of-concept for an online tool, which assesses the competencies of business incubation management, as well as the performance and impact of business incubators, longitudinally. By engaging an array of stakeholders concerned with business incubation, the tool will serve as a catalyst for nurturing a community of incubation management practitioners, which will be using it to align itself to best practice. Beyond influencing business incubation management practice, the tool is expected to have an impact on policy-making and future research in this field.
ESRC award RES-185-31-0060 - £98,500, Co-Investigator
Facilitating Supplier Diversity: A Collaborative Approach to Engaging Underrepresented Suppliers and Large Firms, with Prof. M. Ram
Completed Projects – Reports
Theodorakopoulos, N. (2009) Social Entrepreneurship in a Challenging Context: Exploring the key Success Factors in Supplier Diversity Intermediation (SBERG award - £2,000).
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, UK Trade and Investment, Nottingham (commissioned by UK Trade & Investment - £5,500).
Theodorakopoulos, N. and Wyer, P. (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).