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Personal Statement

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Subject Co-ordinator for the Strathclyde MBA core subject Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership offered in 8 different countries. I also teach on the MSc Global Sustainable Cities as well as the SBS MRes Programme.

My research focuses on Social, Sustainable and Diversity aspects of Entrepreneurship, and on the concept of Cosmopolitanism as a disposition for addressing global challenges in the fields of Entrepreneurship as well as Sustainability.  I also research different aspects of Entrepreneurial  Leadership and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in the context of Emerging Economies. 

At the University level I co-lead the new Strategic Sub-theme 'Socially progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship' within the overall university Strategic agenda for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

I am an Associate Editor for the European Management Review journal, as well as an elected member for the internationalisation and integration team of the ONE Division of the Academy of Management, and for the Research Committee of the ENT Division of the Academy of Management.

My research outputs include papers in journals such as Human Resource Management, Journal of Small Business Management, R&D Management, European Management Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, as well as editorship of  five journal Special Issues- one of them for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development- and four Books with E. Elgar and Routledge.  My co-edited Routledge volume on Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation was launched during Dubai Innovation week 2016 and my latest (2018)  co-edited Routledge volume is 'Reflexivity in Entrepreneurship'.  My  co-authored paper on Social Entrepreneurship Education, capitals and competencies received the Best Papers Award at SIG Entrepreneurship, EURAM 2017.

In 2017 I received Strathclyde Global Engagement Fund sponsorship for building a consortium on 'Re-enterprising the City' whilst in 2016 I co-led a Newton Researcher Links- funded project on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Impact on National and Local economic growth and International competitiveness; additionally, I am actively involved in different formats of Knowledge Exchange, including conducting research with international companies and entrepreneurs, as well as mentoring entrepreneurs on business development and partnership building; one of my latest collaborative research projects focuses on corporate-level innovation within family enterprises with evidence from international cases.

Currently, I am leading stakeholder engagement via the organization of community outreach discussion panels on  trending topics of contemporary global interest, in the form of 'The Strathclyde Dialogues' in the United Arab Emirates for Strathclyde Business School UAE. The Strathclyde Dialogues were showcased in the 2013 Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) summit case selection.   In 2016, I launched a new event series titled 'UAE research evenings at Strathclyde',  featuring business and management-related research  with specific focus on the United Arab Emirates.  In 2017 I initiated a volunteering initiative for Strathclyde UAE Alumni with the Emirates Down Syndrome Assocation in Dubai. Also I am an active member of the new (2017) Strathclyde UAE Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.

During 2016-2017 I completed Leadership training programmes (Emerging Leaders Workshop and Leadership Embodiment 1&2)  at the Centre for Excellence in Public Leadership George Washington University, USA.

Previously (2004-7), I was a Senior Enterprise Fellow at the University of Southampton, where I developed entrepreneurship and innovation MSc and MBA curricula, co-led a funded research project focused on ‘models of HE collaboration in Enterprise development’ and won additional SEEDA funding for stakeholder engagement on Social Entrepreneurship. 

During 2001-2003 , I was a Research Fellow at INSEAD Business School, France, where I worked in EU-funded collaborative innovation projects and executive education in change management. 

Apart from academic positions, I have also held practitioner roles; during the period of my PhD studies, I have trained and consulted with international organisations such as UNESCO and the World Bank. During 2008-2012, I worked as a practitioner in CSR Programme Management as well as in Strategic Planning in the field of Global Higher Education Partnerships.

I hold a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. My other academic degrees include an MSc, LLM and BA(Hons)First Class.

Teaching Interests

  • Subject Co-ordinator for Strathclyde MBA core subject Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership (EML) offered in 8 different countries
  • Strategic Consulting in Practice (SCIP) (MBA)
  • Reviewing the Literature in Business Subjects (MRes/PhD)
  • Leadership Skills for Urban Change (MSc Global Sustainable Cities)

Expertise & Capabilities


  • Social, Diversity and Sustainability aspects of entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the context of emerging economies
  • The concept of Cosmopolitanism as a disposition for addressing global challenges in the fields of Entrepreneurship as well as Sustainability

Having lived and worked in five different countries, I have developed skills for international communication and stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors.

Findings  from my recent research studies in the UAE have appeared in business publications in Dubai, such as Capital Business; Executive Women and Education Now! (Gulf News).

Apart from academic positions  I have also held practitioner roles in CSR Programme Management and Strategic Planning in Global Higher Education Partnerships and have trained in GRI, SA8000 as well as Balanced scorecard methods.

I have acted as an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission; I have also acted as a Judge for the Philippe de Woot Award in Sustainability and  the Shell LiveWire Smarter Future Awards

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Research Output 2002 2018

Examining the contributions of social science to entrepreneurship: the cases of cosmopolitanism and Orientalism

Nicolopoulou, K. & Samy, C. 26 Feb 2018 Philosophical Reflexivity and Entrepreneurship Research. Fayolle, A., Ramoglou, S., Karataş-Özkan, M. & Nicolopoulou, K. (eds.). London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A gender perspective on entrepreneurial leadership: female leaders in Kazakhstan

Kakabadse, N. K., Tatli, A., Nicolopoulou, K., Tankibayeva, A. & Mouraviev, N. 18 May 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : European Management Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Women entrepreneurs
Leadership roles
Conceptual model


Best paper Award SIG Entrepreneurship, EURAM Conference 2017

Katerina Nicolopoulou (Recipient), Mine Karatas-Ozkan (Recipient), Shahnaz Ibrahim (Recipient), Ahu Tatli (Recipient), Graham Manville (Recipient), Mustafa Ozbilgin (Recipient) & Alain Fayolle (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Entrepreneurship education
Social entrepreneurship

Activities 2007 2018