Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Work & Organisational Psychology Group      

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is a Reader in Strategic Entrepreneurship Development and Head of Work & Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.  He is Director of the Aston Centre for People and Organisations, Academic Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ’10,000 Small Businesses Programme’ and Director of the MSc Human Resource Management & Business 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 & Skills, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Leicestershire Learning and Skills Council, Centre for Enterprise and UK Trade and Investment to examine entrepreneurship in different contexts and has managed successfully research teams to deliver high quality output.  

Apart from contributing to a number of books and special issues as a guest editor, his papers have been published in a wide range of 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

Position: Reader, Head of Work & Organisational Psychology Group and Director of Aston Centre for People & Organisations
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


  • 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


  • 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.

  • ERDF award - £450,183, Academic Lead ‘Enhancing SME competitiveness through Innovation’ (Oct 2013 – Jun 2015) This project involves the delivery of workshops on managing innovation and provision of innovation vouchers to build the innovation capacity of SMEs in West Midlands.
  • Business Innovation and Skills Department – £74,980, Principal Investigator, with Prof. Mark Hart.  ‘Sociology of Enterprise: Growth Disposition’ The project examines what shapes small business owner-managers’ growth disposition, using social theory.

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) 

  • Fred Nyakudya -  Thesis Title: An examination of the determinants of entrepreneurship at the regional level: The case of the East Midlands region
  • Margarita Nyfoudi -  Thesis Title: Managerial Coaching, Goal Orientation and Social Capital: an integrated framework towards performance improvement
  • Ehsan Khavandkar - Thesis Title: Modelling the Diffusion of Intellectual Capital Management Practices in Science Park Business Ecosystems 

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)

Journal articles

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