Dr Nicholas Litsardopoulos

Research project: Entrepreneurship as an employment career path and the role of entrepreneurial well-being

Abstract

My PhD research investigated the allocation of time to self-employment and how self-employment experience is associated with facets of well-being over time. My PhD thesis supervisors were Prof Chris Hand and Prof George Saridakis. Using work histories information from Waves 1 to 9 of the UK Household Longitudinal Study survey (UKHLS), I calculate the proportion of individuals' employment time that was allocated to self-employment, compared to the proportion allocated to wage-employment. This method allows the measuring of self-employment in an alternative way as a continuous employment experience. Using this method, I also investigate how individuals who live or migrate to urban and rural areas allocate time to self-employment, as well as differences between women and men in different age groups. The findings show that self-employment experience affects facets of well-being in a non-monotonic fashion. Moreover, the analysis indicates that these effects not only differ across levels of experience, but also that the effect of self-employment experience differs across the various facets of well-being and between women and men.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Entrepreneurship as an employment career path and the role of entrepreneurial well-being
  • Research supervisor: Professor Chris Hand

Biography

I am an associate lecturer for the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Informatics. I teach topics on Entrepreneurship, Business Management,Business Econmics, and Business Strategy. I completed my PhD research with a full scholarship from KBS.  My interest is in entrepreneurship, innovation, well-being, and the dynamics between men and women.

Areas of research interest

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-employment
  • Innovation
  • Gender
  • Wage-employment
  • Well-being (eudaimonia)
  • Life satisfaction
  • Job satisfaction
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Industrial organisation

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Applied Economics with IR
  • Masters of Applied Reseach in Economics and Business
  • Master of Research in Management and Business Studies
  • Essex Summer School in Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Essex Summer School in Multilevel Modeling
  • Certificate in Personal & Family Financial Planning
  • Certificate in R Programming
  • Certified ONS Safe Researcher

Funding or awards received

  • PhD Scholarship from Kingston Business School

Publications

Publications in Peer-reviewed journals

Litsardopoulos, N., Saridakis, G., Georgellis, Y., & Hand, C. (2022). Self-employment experience effects on well-being: A longitudinal study. Journal of Economics and Industrial Democracy. (Forthcoming).

Saridakis, G., Litsardopoulos, N., & Hand, C. (2022). Great Britain Microbusiness White Paper. Venture Forward Report by GoDaddy.

Litsardopoulos, N., Saridakis, G., & Hand, C. (2021). Does the accumulation of self-employment experience impact life satisfaction?. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 16, e00259.

Litsardopoulos, N., & Saridakis, G. (2021). The harmony and conflict arising from couples' employment status. Applied Economics Letters, 1-4.

Litsardopoulos, N., Saridakis, G., & Hand, C. (2020). The Effects of Rural and Urban Areas on Time Allocated to Self-Employment: Differences between Men and Women. Sustainability, 12(17), 7049.

Conference papers

N. Litsardopoulos, G. Saridakis, Y. Georgellis, and C. Hand (2021), Self-employment experience effects on well-being: A longitudinal study, in: ISBE 2021, Cardiff, Wales.

N. Litsardopoulos, G. Saridakis, C. Hand, and Y. Georgellis (2020), Is the relationship between time in self-employment and job satisfaction linear? A longitudinal analysis of the job satisfaction of men and women, in: Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019, Colchester, Essex.

N. Litsardopoulos, G. Saridakis, C. Hand, and Y. Georgellis (2019), Is the relationship between time in self-employment and job satisfaction linear? Differences between men and women, in: European University Network on Entrepreneurship, ESU 2019 Conference, Napoli, Italy.