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George Tsekouras

Dr, DPhil, Director of CENTRIM

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Research interests

George has led research on innovation and entrepreneurship. His research includes themes such as

  • managing open innovation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs);
  • SMEs linkages with research organisations; 
  • enabling business development and innovation activities through peer-to-peer learning networks; 
  • empower SME evolution through innovation coaching;
  • innovation management for non-high tech SMEs;
  • new product development strategies for SMEs;
  • managing and supporting innovation in Social Enterprises;
  • life stages for SMEs. 

George has also worked in various other innovation management fielscenatio foresightds such as innovation policies benchmarking, business processes rengineering for SMEs and scenario foresight for innovation.

 

Scholarly biography

He is the co-ordinator of the INSPIRE project which looks at best practices for managing Open Innovation in SMEs with the aim to support the professionalization of Open Innovation within SMEs (http://www.inspire-smes.eu). George is also part of the SPARK consortium which looks into the innovation management for Social Enterprises (http://www.sparksocialenterprise.eu). 

He was also the co-ordinator of the RAPPORT consortium (www.rapport-project.eu), which looked at best practices to connect SMEs to the public research organisations as well as the Public-Private Innovation Partnrships to support innovation for SMEs. 

He also participated in several research projects (smE-MPOWER, Bio smE-MPOWER, CoachCom.2020) investigating the concept of innovation coaching for SMEs. The differences between innovation coaching and other forms of support (mentoring, consultancy etc.) as well as the relation and impact of innovation coaching on business development, organisational development and co-operation were among the issues investigated.  

Previsoulsy he participated in several research projects (ION, Knowlaboration, KLAB) investigating the phenomenon of learning networks, especially for the benefit of SMEs. The phenomenon of peer-to-peer learning was central to these considerations. 

George is the Innovation Track Leader for Innovation in the British Academy of Management (BAM). He has presented his work to various international conferences. He is also reviewer for international journals such as Research Policy, Organization Science and Industrial and Corporate Change. 

He has a first degree in mechanical engineering from National Technical University of Athens, a DPhil from SPRU.

Supervisory Interests

George has supervised several PhD students on a variery of topics including among others:

  • SMEs acquiring innovation capabilities through learning networks,
  • innovation in small enteprises through the lens of personal and organisational change,
  • the contribution of people with learning conditions to the innovation activities of small businesses;
  • innovation skills and behaviors of employees in high-growth SMEs in the digital technology sector 
  • the  develoment of technology-based start-ups in a developing economy
  • learning networks in a less developed economy

George has an interest to supervise PhD students that explore the development of innovation activities and innovation capabilities within SMEs. All types of SMEs (technology-based, high-growth, low-and-medium tech etc.) are of interest. Both challenges of managing the innovation activities and their support are of interest.  

Knowledge exchange

George is the founder of the Profitnet programme which has included a number of peer-to-peer learning networks in UK, Ireland and South Africa with the participation of more than 2,000 SMEs around the world. The last evaluation exercise of the British Government (REF - Research Excellence Framework) rated the Profitnet programme as an international leading case (www.brighton.ac.uk/business-and-community-partnerships/research-and-development/profitnet/index.aspx). Vinnova, the Swedish Agency for Innovation also found Profinet as a best practice for supporting innovation in SMEs.

George also worked for the CoachCom.2020 consortium that helped the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) to develop the innovation coaching scheme for the SME Instrument programme, the flagship EU programme to support innovative SMEs. This work included the development of tools for the innovation coaches, the development of training programme for the coaches, the establishmnt of processes to underpin the delivery of innovation coaching including a special web-based system. 

George is currently working closely with the Green Growth Platform (https://www.brighton.ac.uk/business-services/green-growth-platform/index.aspx) to enable SMEs working in 'clean technologies' areas to innovate and grow. He is also working to develop special support for SMEs in the Digital sector together with public and private intermediaries. 

Approach to teaching

George is great supporter of teaching that makes a diffference. His teaching aims to be always interactive, engaging with the students in various ways. 

He has designed and delivered many executives training and consulting programmes on entrepreneurship around the world, including UK, Ireland, USA, Croatia, South Africa, Colombia, Greece and Cyprus. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

1 Jan 199230 Aug 1999

External positions

Chair of Innovation Special Interest Group (SIG)

1 Mar 201531 Dec 2018

Innovation Track Leader

1 Jan 2010 → …

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Research Output 2001 2018

Project management
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SME Innovation Challenges along the Lifecycle: A Dynamic Model

Bubenzer, P., Tsekouras, G. & Meier, C. 18 Jun 2017 ISPIM Innovation Conference 2017: Composing the Innovation Symphony.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Investigating Unchartered Grounds on Open Innovation: Understanding Open Innovation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Tsekouras, G., Bessant, J., Lindholm-Dahlstrand, A., Vrande, V. & Patel, P. 8 Sep 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

It takes more than two to tango: Building up linkages between Non High-tech SMEs and Universities

Tsekouras, G. & de Campos, A. 10 Sep 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper