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Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is Full Professor of Entrepreneurship Development and Head of Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.  He is a member of the Aston Business School Senior Management Team and former Academic 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. 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 highly reputable academic journals, including British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Work, Employment and Society, International Small Business Journal 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. 

Research Interests

Specialist areas of research and funding relate to Entrepreneurial Learning and Innovation, Strategic Entrepreneurship and Change, Diverse Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Procurement.

Teaching Activity

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
           Strategic Management 
           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.


  • 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


Professor of Entrepreneurship Development

Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Funding Applications and Awards

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

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Research Output

Business Incubator Managers’ Perceptions of their Role and Performance Success: Role Demands, Constraints, and Choices

Kakabadse, N., Karatas-Ozkan, M., Theodorakopoulos, N., McGowan, C. & Nicolopoulou, K., 1 Jun 2020, In : European Management Review. 17, 2, p. 485-498 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • In Times of an Economic Crisis: Citizenship Behavior and the Role of Team Information Sharing

    Nyfoudi, M., Theodorakopoulos, N., Psychogios, A. & Dysvik, A., 1 Aug 2020, In : Academy of Management Proceedings. 2020, 1, 1 p., 12793.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference abstract

  • Open Access
  • Ethnic pluralism, immigration and entrepreneurship

    Mickiewicz, T. M., Hart, M., Nyakudya, F. & Theodorakopoulos, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Regional Studies. 53, 1, p. 80-94 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Leveraging symbolic capital: The use of ‘blat’ networks across transnational spaces

    Rodgers, P., Vershinina, N., Williams, C. C. & Theodorakopoulos, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Global Networks. 19, 1, p. 119-136 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 2 Publication peer-review
    • 2 Examination
    • 1 Editorial activity

    European Journal of International Management (Journal)

    Nick Theodorakopoulos (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

    Nick Theodorakopoulos (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Journal of Management Development (Journal)

    Nick Theodorakopoulos (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    External Examiner, London Metropolitan University

    Nick Theodorakopoulos (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    International Small Business Journal (Journal)

    Nick Theodorakopoulos (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review