Dr Efstathios Tapinos

Senior Lecturer

Efstathios Tapinos

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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.

Research interests

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.

Teaching Activity


  • 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.


  • 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

PhD Supervision

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.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • 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

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