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Dr Konstantinos Pitsakis

Senior Lecturer in Strategy


I obtained my PhD in Management from Cass Business School, City University London and I am Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management. My specialization is technology transfer and institutional & diffusion theories. I was previously Asst. Professor of organization studies and Fellow at the Center for Innovation Research (CiR) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, where I taught strategy and organization theory. I am a regular reviewer in 3* and 4* scientific journals and I was Course Director for MSc International Business Management between 2014-2016. 

Prior to academia, I worked as Research Manager at the Financial Times Group and as Business Intelligence Manager at Winmark Ltd, both in London.

Areas of specialism

  • Strategic management
  • Technology transfer
  • Institutional theory
  • Diffusion theory
  • Organizational reputation
  • Population ecology
  • Panel data
  • Event history analysis


  • PhD in Organization Theory - Cass Business School
  • MSc in Marketing and Communications - Athens University of Economics & Business
  • BSc in Accounting and Finance - Athens University of Economics & Business
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

Member of the Academy of Management (USA)

Member of the European Academy of Management

Member of the European Group of Organization Studies


I am a disciplinary scholar who builds theory in the sociology of organizations. My research lies at the intersection of academic entrepreneurship and organization theory. I investigate the role of institutions on the diffusion of innovations by looking at the historical emergence of the UK spinoff industry. I also look at the social construction of markets, that is how legitimacy, reputation and status are constructed and how organizations benefit from these properties. I am also interested in how organizations compete and cooperate (coopete) at the same time under conditions of uncertainty.  

PhD supervision

  • Suvo Sarkar, 2017-present (with Yiannis Pierrakis)
  • Mohammad Kashmoula, 2015-present (with Riccardo Vecchiato)
  • Mohammad Alemzadeh, 2013-2017 (completed)
  • Pauline Parker, 2012-2015 (completed)

If you are a serious and committed research candidate and have the same research interests as I do, then please send me an email. I would like to hear from you.

Research student supervision


Number of items: 5.


Pitsakis, Konstantinos and Giachetti, Claudio (2019) Information-based imitation of university commercialization strategies : the role of technology transfer office autonomy, age, and membership into an association. Strategic Organization, ISSN (print) 1476-1270 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Pitsakis, Konstantinos, Souitaris, Vangelis and Nicolaou, Nicos (2015) The peripheral halo effect: do academic spinoffs influence universities’ research income? Journal of Management Studies, 52(3), pp. 321-353. ISSN (print) 0022-2380

Pitsakis, Konstantinos, Biniari, Marina G. and Kuin, Thijs (2012) Resisting change: organizational decoupling through an identity construction perspective. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 25(6), pp. 835-852. ISSN (print) 0953-4814

Conference or Workshop Item

Jensen, Barbara, Annan-Diab, Fatima and Pitsakis, Konstantinos (2015) How to add value by implementing corporate social responsibility into business strategy? In: European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference 2015: Uncertainty is a Great Opportunity; 17-20 Jun 2015, Warsaw, Poland. (Unpublished)

Gotsopoulos, Aleksios and Pitsakis, Konstantinos (2014) Beyond communities and populations: organizational groups and the case of UK university spinoffs. In: 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting: The Power of Words; 1-5 Aug 2014, Philadelphia, U.S. ISSN (print) 0065-0668

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