Dr Panos G. Piperopoulos is an Associate Professor in Management at the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University.
Prior to this role he served at three different Russell Group Universities in the UK. He was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Business and the Director of Research for the Strategy, IB & Entrepreneurship (SIBE) Group at the University of Liverpool Management School. He also served as an Associate Professor in Global Innovation Management at the Leeds University Business School. He has also been a Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation at the Newcastle University Business School, and, further, held academic posts at the Hellenic Open University and the University of Macedonia in Greece.
For many years he was a business consultant and a mentor to several successful entrepreneurial start-ups and SMEs. In the past few years he has extensively commented on the Greek financial and political situation and its impact on the EU and the Eurozone on media channels such as the BBC News 24, ITV, BBC Radio 5 Live.
His work has been published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management (USA), Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Small Business Management and International Small Business Journal.
Research areas and interests
International Business and Innovation
Panos' research in International Business focuses on the determinants of firms’ innovation and performance in emerging countries. He is interested in the forces that drive EMEs’ innovation strategies (e.g. formal and informal home and host country institutions), shape their R&D capabilities, their (O)FDI strategies as well as their business models. His research is innovative in the sense that it informs the extant International Business (IB) and Innovation literatures with findings from the Emerging Markets. Such findings can open up new avenues for theorizing. This is because the majority of the extant theories and models are based on studies from developed countries whereas my research suggests that some of the models, theories and frameworks need to be adapted to fit the characteristics of the emerging market economies' and explain the internationalisation and competitiveness of emerging market enterprises.
For a number of years now Panos has been working on the effects of entrepreneurship education programmes on intentions and attitudes to become self-employed. I am a Principal Investigator in the Entrepreneurship Education Evaluation project; a project initiated by researchers in Canada with collaborators all over the world. EEE is a global study designed to examine – and explain – the outcomes of entrepreneurship education. Their methods are comparative and are measured over a five-year period.
Informal Entrepreneurship and Human Capital
Panos is currently researching in a cross-sectional and multi-country basis (over 110 emerging/developing countries across the world) the effects of informal competition/ 'illegal' entrepreneurship on formally registered small businesses. In line with this he is also studying how ‘human capital’ and institutional idiosyncrasies in developing countries affect the growth and performance of domestic entrepreneurial firms.
Funded Research Projects
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grants $344,725 (CND), title ‘Entrepreneurship Education Assessment’:
The aim of the project is to examine both the short and long-term outcomes of entrepreneurship education across the globe. This is a five-year longitudinal study (2014-2019) that employs test and control groups to allow for objective assessments of the net impact of various types of entrepreneurship education and training programmes. The first objective with this study is to examine the pedagogical and theoretical goals and elements of EET (Entrepreneurship Education and Training). Second is to determine whether, and under what conditions, EET courses and programs at the university, college and community level worldwide impact individual students. The third objective is to compare and contrast the effects of human capital and education on the decision to become an entrepreneur, or not, over time, including an assessment of career satisfaction (http://www.eeeresearch.com/).
- Outstanding Reviewer – Journal of International Management (AJG_2018= 3*/ ABDC_2016= A) Elsevier, 2018
- Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011 for the paper: Piperopoulos, P. 2010. Ethnic minority businesses and immigrant entrepreneurship in Greece. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 17(1), 139–158.
- 2011 - Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice, Newcastle University upon Tyne, UK.
- 2005 - Ph.D. in Management (Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business Clustering), Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK.
- 2002 - M.Sc. in Management Science, Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK
- 2000 - BBA, Business Administration, Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of UK
- Member of the Academy of Management.
- Member of the Academy of International Business
- Member of the British Academy of Management.
- Wang, C.,Piperopoulos, P.,Chen, S.,Ming, A.,Herbert, K. (2022). Outward FDI and Innovation Performance of Chinese Firms: Why Can Home-Grown Political Ties Be A Liability? In: Journal of World Business, 57, 1 - 16
- Piperopoulos, P.,Kafouros, M.,Aliyev, M.,Liu, E.,Au, A. (2021). How does informal entrepreneurship influence the performance of small formal firms? A cross-country institutional perspective In: Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33, 668 - 687
- Tantawy, M.,Herbert, K.,McNally, J.,Mengel, T.,Piperopoulos, P.,Foord, D. (2021). Bringing creativity back to entrepreneurship education: Creative self-efficacy, creative process engagement, and entrepreneurial intentions In: Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 15, 1 - 8
- McNally, J.,Piperopoulos, P.,Welsh, D.,Mengel, T.,Tantawy, M.,Papageorgiadis, N. (2020). From pedagogy to andragogy: Assessing the impact of social entrepreneurship course syllabi on the Millennial learner In: Journal of Small Business Management, 58, 871 - 892
- Piperopoulos, P.,Wu, J.,Wang, C. (2018). Outward FDI, location choices and innovation performance of emerging market enterprises In: Research Policy, 47, 232 - 240
- Wu, J.,Wang, C.,Hong, J.,Piperopoulos, P. (2016). Internationalization and innovation performance of emerging market enterprises: The role of host-country institutional development In: Journal of World Business, 51, 251 - 263
- McNally, J.,Martin, B.,Honig, B.,Bergmann, H.,Piperopoulos, P. (2016). Toward rigor and parsimony: a primary validation of Kolvereid's (1996) entrepreneurial attitudes scales In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 28, 358 - 379
- Kafouros, M.,Wang, C.,Piperopoulos, P.,Zhang, M. (2015). Academic collaborations and firm innovation performance in China: The role of region-specific institutions In: Research Policy, 44, 803 - 817
- Piperopoulos, P.,Dimov, D. (2015). Burst Bubbles or Build Steam? Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, and Entrepreneurial Intentions In: Journal of Small Business Management, 53, 970 - 985
- Wynarczyk, P.,Piperopoulos, P.,McAdam, M. (2013). Open innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises: An overview In: International Small Business Journal, 31, 240 - 255