Dr Efstathios Tapinos

Economics and Strategy Group

Dr Efstathios Tapinos

I joined Aston Business School in 2005 upon the completion of my PhD at Warwick Business School.

I am teaching Strategic Management modules at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. I maintain a weblog with material and examples related to my teaching http://strat-man.blogspot.com/.

I am the Director of  MSc Strategy and International Business.
I am the Co-Chair of the Strategic Foresight SIG at the British Academy of Management.
My research interest is in how strategy is developed in terms of processes and practices. My current research is focused on how specific activities such as Performance

Measurement/Management (PMM) and Strategic Foresight influence the strategy development process. Furthermore, I am investigating the impact of strategy tools associated with these activities: Balanced Scorecard from PMM and Scenario Planning from Strategic Foresight.
I am working with the Centre of Executive Development on the provision of management development programmes in a range of formats: open programmes, executive development programmes and highly customised programmes.

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone:+44(0)121 204 3356
Email: e.tapinos@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW908

  • PhD Industrial Studies, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, 2005 
  • MSc Engineering Business Management, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, 2000
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bradford, 1999
  • 2005 - present, Lecturer in Strategic Management, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School
  •  2006 - 2009, Guest Lecturer at VWA-Studienakademie, Stuttgart, Germany


  • BS3335 Policy Analysis Decision Making


  • EMSM Strategic Management (for the EMM programme)
  • MBA Project Workshops
  • BSM938 Qualitative Methods for Evaluating Business Problem

Executive Development:

i) Executive Development degrees: Strategic Management; Strategy Development. Past and current clients include: Carillion Plc – Carillion Leadership Programme; British Army – Springboard.

ii) Open Management Development programmes: Strategy Development. Taught and coached Entrepreneurs on the Accelerated Entrepreneurial Growth Programme.

iii) Customised Executive Development Programmes: Risk Management with Scenarios at L’Oreal UK.

My main research interest concerns the processes and practices within Strategy Development.
Past and current research has examined the impact of Performance Measurement/Management systems, such as the Balanced Scorecard, on strategy making.

 I am also working on Strategic Foresight, specialising in the impact of Perceived Environmental Uncertainty on strategic decision making and the utilisation of Strategic Foresight tools, such as Scenario Planning for dealing with uncertainty when strategising. 
I also have an active research interest on the application of management practises in SMEs.


  • Roper S. and Tapinos E., 2008, ‘Perceived Environmental Uncertainty and Green Innovation Risk’; British Academy, £6,700.
  • Hart, M., Driffield, N., Du, J., Love, D., Tapinos, E., 2008. A comparative evaluation of the impact of UK Trade & Investment's R&D programme and other UKTI support that impacts R&D. UK Trade and Industry, £120,000.
  • Saal D., Cooper S., Brewster C., Tapinos E., 2010, Green wash or green progress, Social Responsibility and Sustainability Group, Aston University, £15,000.

I am keen to supervise projects on strategic management, strategy development, strategic performance management, strategic foresight, perceived uncertainty/risk, balanced scorecard, scenario planning. 
Potential candidates are advised to download the requirements of  ABS Doctorate Programme and contact me with either an idea or a fully developed proposal.

Currently co-supervising:

A. Moras, DBA: ‘Strategy formation in the Financial Industry’ (together with Dr M. Smets and Dr S. Decker).
M. Taylor, DBA: ‘Turnaround Strategies’ (together with Dr G. Leask)
Past Co-supervision:
P. A. Spee, PhD, comp. 2009, ‘Strategic planning as a communicative process’.
R. J. Hammer, DBA, comp. 2011, ‘Strategy development process and complex adaptive systems’.

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, British Journal of Management.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, European Journal of Management.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, European Journal of Operational Research.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Futures.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Measurement.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Long Range Planning.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Management Research Review.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Academy of Management
  • British Academy of Management. Co-Chair of Strategic Foresight Special Interest Group
  • Operational Research Society UK
  • Performance Measurement Association

Journal Articles

  • Tapinos E., 2013, Scenario Thinking at Business Unit Level, Futures, 47: 17-27. 
  • Tapinos E., 2012, Perceived Environmental Uncertainty in Scenario Planning, Futures, 44(4): 338-345.
  • Hammer, R., Edwards, J., Tapinos, E. 2012, Strategy development process and complexity theories. To appear in Journal of the Operational Research Society.
  • Tapinos, E., Dyson, R. G., Meadows, M., 2011, Does the balanced scorecard make a difference to the strategy development process? Journal of the Operational Research Society. 62: 888-899.
  • Tapinos E., R. G. Dyson and M. Meadows, 2005, 'The impact of performance measurement in strategic planning', International Journal of Productivity and Performance Measurement, Vol. 54, No. 4/5, pp. 370-384.
  • Tapinos E., R. G. Dyson and M. Meadows, 2005, 'The impact of performance measurement systems in setting the 'direction' in the University of Warwick', Production Planning and Control, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 189-198.

Under Review

  • Tapinos E., Leask G. and Brown M., Grand Strategy under Perceived Environmental Turbulence, Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Roper S. and Tapinos E., 2013, Taking risks in the face of uncertainty: an exploratory analysis of green innovation, British Journal of Management 

Book Chapters

  • Tapinos E. and R. G. Dyson, Performance Measurement, in O’ Brien F. and R. G. Dyson (Eds.) (2008), Supporting Strategy Development Process, Wiley.

Selected Recent Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Burke, G., Tapinos, E., "Imagining the future; Stay ahead of the game through scenario planning," Cass Business School. (2014)

  • Tapinos E., and Spee A. P., 2012, Performance Measurement/Management as Practice, Performance Measurement Association, Cambridge, UK
  • Tapinos E., Scenario Thinking at Business Unit Level: An unconventional approach, British Academy of Management, Cardiff, UK
  • Spee A. P. and Tapinos E., 2011, The relationship of key performance indicators and strategy development revised, Strategic Management Society, Miami, US nominated for Best Practice Implication Award.
  • Tapinos E., 2011, ‘Perceived Environmental Uncertainty in Corporate Communication’, British Academy of Management, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • Tapinos E., 2010, Integrating PEU in Scenario Planning, Strategic Management Society, Rome, Italy

Working Papers

  • Tapinos E., 2009, ‘Scenario planning: teaching how to anticipate perceived environmental uncertainty within strategy development’, ABS WPS,
  • Tapinos E., Dyson, R. G., Meadows, M., 2008, Does the balanced scorecard make a difference to the strategy development process? ABS WPS

Official Reports

  • Hart M., Driffield N., Du J., Love J., Tapinos E., 2010, A comparative evaluation of the impact of UK Trade & Investment's R&D programme and other UKTI support that impacts R&D. UKTI Research Report.

Publications in non-peered review Journal

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • MSc Course Director for Strategy and International Business, School. (September 2010 - Present)
  • Course Director, BSc International Business and Management, School. (2008 - 2010)


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research