.

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Work & Organisational Psychology Group      

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategic Entrepreneurship Development at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.  He is Co-Director of the Centre for People and Organisations and Director of the MSc Human Resource Management & Business PT and Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ’10,000 Small Businesses Programme’. His specialist areas of research, academic publications and teaching include strategic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and development, innovation, and diverse entrepreneurship. Apart from contributing to a number of books and special issues as a guest editor, his papers have been published in reputable academic journals, including Work, Employment and Society, Technovation, International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Management Development, Public Administration, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management and Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Position: Senior Lecturer
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:

  • 2012 - Date: 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Budhwar, P. ‘Diversity and Inclusion in Different Work Settings: Emerging Patterns, Challenges, Implications and Research Agenda’, Human Resource Management, editorial article, forthcoming (Ranked 4* by the Association of Business Schools)
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Kakabadse, N., Bennett, D. and Figueira, C. ‘Diversifying into Technical Clothing Manufacture as Entrepreneurial Learning: A Situated Learning Theory Perspective’, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, forthcoming (Ranked 2* by the Association of Business Schools)
  • Theodorakopoulos, N, Ram M. and Beckinsale, (2013) M. ‘Developing Large Procurers and Ethnic Minority Business Owners for Supplier Diversity’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24 (12), pp. 2321-2338 (Ranked 3* by the Association of Business Schools)
  • 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 (Ranked 2* by the Association of Business Schools)
  • 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 (Ranked 3* by the Association of Business Schools)
  • Theodorakopoulos, N, Ram M. and Beckinsale, M. ‘Developing Large Procurers and Ethnic Minority Business Owners for Supplier Diversity’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, forthcoming. 
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2013) A Framework for Developing the Relationship between Large Purchasing Organisations and Ethnic Minority Suppliers, Journal of Management Development, 32 (1), forthcoming.
  • 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.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2012) ‘What Can Situated Learning Theory Tell us About Entrepreneurial Performance? Lessons from a High Technology Small Firm’, Thunderbird International Business Review, forthcoming (December 2012).
  • 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.
  • Beckinsale, M., Ram M. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2011) ‘ICT Adoption and E-business Development’, International Small Business Journal, 29 (3), pp. 193-219.
  • 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.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2009) ‘Supplier Diversity as a Manifestation of Corporate Social Responsibility: Mind the Context’, 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.
  • 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.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Ram, M., Worthington, I. (2005) ‘Supply Chain Learning: Experimenting with Supplier Diversity’, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 1 (4), pp. 461-478.
  • 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.

 Conference papers

  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Drapier, A. and McGowan, C. (2013) ‘A Framework for Assessing Business Incubation Performance and Impact’, Proceedings of the RENT XXVII Conference, 20-22 November, Vilnius, Lithuania.  
  • Nyfoudi, M., Shipton, H., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Budhwar, P. (2013) ‘Linking Creativity and Job Performance: The Role of Learning Goal Orientation and LMX’, Proceedings of the 27th British Academy of Management Conference, 10-12 September, Liverpool, UK.  
  • Nyakydya, F., Hart, M., Mickiewicz, T. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2013) ‘The Opportunity Cost and Endowment Effects of Resources and Capabilities on Stages of Entrepreneurship’, Proceedings of the 27th British Academy of Management Conference, 10-12 September, Liverpool, UK.  
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Ram, M. and Kakabadse, N. (2013) ‘Corporate Purchasers’ Perceptions of Procedural Justice for Inclusive Procurement in the UK: An Institutional Perspective’, Proceedings of the 13th European Academy of Management Conference, 26 – 29 June, Istanbul, Turkey.  Track Chair: Diversity & Inclusion   
  • Matthew, J., Varma, A., Theodorakopoulos, N., Pichler, S. and Budhwar, P. (2012) ‘Host Country National Support of Nurses and IT Expatriates in the UK: The Mediating Role of Job Type’, Proceedings of the 12th International Human Resource Management Conference, 10th – 13th December, MDI, Gurgaon, India.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Drapier, A. (2012) ‘Business Incubation Performance and Impact in the UK’, Proceedings of the 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 7-8 November, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Nyfoudi, M., Shipton, H., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Budhwar, P. (2012) ‘Coaching in the Workplace: A Comprehensive Review’, Proceedings of the 26th British Academy of Management Conference, 11-13 September, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
  • Sarmento, E., Figueira, C. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2012) ‘High Growth and Gazelle Enterprises in Portugal: A Firm Demography and Growth Analysis, Proceedings of the 57th International Council of Small Business Conference, 10-13 June, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Shipton, H. and Sarmento, E. (2012) ‘Entrepreneurship as a Career for Disabled People: Combining the three Forms of Capital with the Institutional Perspective’, Proceedings of the 57th International Council of Small Business Conference, 10-13 June, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Kakabadse, N., Bennett, D. Figueira, C. (2012) ‘Diversifying into Technical Clothing Manufacture: A Situated Learning Theory Perspective’, Proceedings of the 12th International Association of Management of Technology Conference, 18-22 March, Taiwan.
  • Nunes, B., Bennett, D., Shaw, D. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (2012) ‘Philosophy, Theory and Practice of Green Operations Management’, Proceedings of the 12th International Association of Management of Technology Conference, 18-22 March, Taiwan.
  • Nyfoudi, M., Shipton, H., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Budhwar, P. (2011) ‘Developing Sustainable Competitive Advantage through Managerial Coaching’, Proceedings of the 7th Biennial International Conference of the Dutch HRM network - ‘Evidence based HRM’, 10-11 November, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2011) ‘Entrepreneurial Action as Inter-organisational learning: A Communities-of-Practice Perspective on Innovative Software Development’, Proceedings of the 25th British Academy of Management Conference, 13-15 September, Aston University, Birmingham UK.
  • Nyfoudi, M., Shipton, H., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Budhawar, P. (2011) ‘An Integrated Framework for HR Development: Linking Goal Orientation with End-Based Competencies and Examining the Influence of Continuous Learning Culture, Emotional Activation and Multisource Feedback’, Proceedings of the 25th British Academy of Management Conference, 13-15 September, Aston University, Birmingham UK.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. Bennett, D. and Sanchez, D. (2011) ‘Intermediation for University-to-Industry Technology Transfer in a Developing Country Context: The Case for Nurturing Communities of Practice’, Proceedings of the 11th International Association of Management of Technology Conference, 6-9 April, Miami, Florida.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N, Ram M. and Beckinsale, M. (2010) ‘Developing Large Procurers and Ethnic Minority Business Owners for Supplier Diversity’, Proceedings of the 11th International HRM Conference, Aston Business School, 9-12 June, Birmingham, UK. Track Chair: HR Practices and Performance
  • Theodorakopoulos, N., Sanchez, D. and Bennett, D. (2010) ‘Nurturing Communities of Practice for Effective University-to-Industry Technology Transfer: Two Exemplar Cases from the Cauca Region of Colombia’, in Sousa R (Ed) ‘Managing Operations in Service Economies’, Proceedings of the 17th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference, 6-9 June, Porto, Portugal.
  • Theodorakopoulos N. and Kakabadse, A. (2009) ‘Developing Strategic Learning Capabilities under Entrepreneurial Leadership: Lessons from a Knowledge-Intensive, Growth-Oriented Small Firm’, Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, 5-7 November, Athens, Greece.
  • Theodorakopoulos N. (2009) ‘A Benchmarking Tool for Supplier Diversity’, presented at the Supplier Diversity Workshop, sponsored by the ESRC, 3-4 February, Birmingham.
  • Theodorakopoulos N. (2009) ‘The Contribution of Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: A Comparison between Britain and Greece’, Seminar delivered at London Metropolitan University Business School, 29 January, London.
  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Jones, T. (2008) ‘Transnationalism as a Force for Ethnic Minority Enterprise? The Case of Somalis in Leicester’, Proceedings of the RENT XXI - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, 22–23 November, Cardiff.
  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Jones, T. (2007) ‘Forms of Capital, Mixed Embeddedness and Somali Enterprise’, Proceedings of the 30th ISBE conference, 7-9 November, Glasgow.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Ram, M. (2006) ‘Supplier Diversity Intermediation: Nurturing and Bridging Communities of Practice, Proceedings of 29th ISBE Conference, 31 October - 2 November, Cardiff – Nominated for the ‘Best Academic Paper’ award.
  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Worthington I. (2005) ‘Policy transfer in Practice: Implementing Supplier Diversity in the UK’, Proceedings of 28th ISBE Conference, 1-3 November, Blackpool - Received 3 Awards: ‘Overall Best Paper’, ‘Small Business Service Award for Best Policy Paper’ and ‘Best Paper in Track S’.
  • Theodorakopoulos N. and Wyer P. (2000) 'Small Business Growth and the Use of Networks', Proceedings of 23rd ISBA Conference, 15-17 November, Aberdeen.
  • Wyer, P. and Theodorakopoulos N. (2000) ‘Toward a Richer Understanding of the Concept of the Learning Organisation within a Small Business Developmental Context’, Proceedings of the 23rd ISBA Conference, 15-17 November, Aberdeen.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Wyer, P. (2000) ‘Research Methodology for Addressing the Issue of Growth-oriented SMEs Strategic Development’, Proceedings of the Small Business and Enterprise Development Conference, 10-11 April, Manchester.
  • Wyer, P., Mason, J. and Theodorakopoulos, N. (1999) ‘The Concept of the Learning Organisation within a Small Business Development Context’, invitation guest paper at the President Yeltsin Programme Managers, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Faculty of Economics, Business and Management, 23 November, Moscow.
  • Mason, J., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Wyer, P. (1999) ‘Exploring the Role of People Management in Enhancing SME Competitiveness for the Achievement of Sustainable Growth’, Proceedings of the CIBER Conference, 22-23 September, Cambridge.

 Book chapters

  • Theodorakopoulos, N. (2014) ‘HRM in SMEs’, in Budhwar, P., Crawshaw, J., and Davis, A. (Eds) Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives, London, Sage. 
  • Theodorakopoulos N., Figueira, C., Kakabadse, A., Kakabadse N. (2011) ‘Developing Strategic Learning Capabilities for Open Innovation under Entrepreneurial Leadership: Lessons from a Technology-based Small Firm’. In SMEs and Open Innovation, H. Rahman and I. Ramos (Eds.), NY,  IGI Global. 
  • Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Jones, T. (2009) ‘Transnationalism, Mixed Embeddedness and Somali Entrepreneurs in Leicester’, in Smallbone, D., Landstöm, H. and Jones-Evans, D. (eds), Entrepreneurship and Growth in Local, Regional and National Economies - Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 312-338, ISBN 978 1 84844 592 5.
  • Theodorakopoulos, N. and Ram, M. (2008) ‘A Framework for Assessing and Managing Large Purchaser – Minority Supplier Relationships in Supplier Diversity Initiatives’, in Kordic, V. (ed.) Supply Chain: Theory and Applications, Vienna, I-Tech Education and Publishing, pp. 41-58, ISBN 978-3-902613-22-6.
  • Mason, J., Theodorakopoulos, N. and Wyer, P. (2000) ‘Exploring the Role of People Management in Enhancing SME Competitiveness for the Achievement of Sustainable Growth’, in Lloyd-Reason, L. and Wall, S. (eds), Dimensions of Competitiveness, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 58-75, ISBN 1 84064 568 7.

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. (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).

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research