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Evangelos Souitaris

Evangelos Souitaris

Evangelos Souitaris

Prof. PhD

Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

GCEI-HSG
Büro 2-241
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen
Professional Career


2018- now  University of St. Gallen, Global Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

2006-now   Cass Business School, City University, Professor of Entrepreneurship   

2009-now   Visiting Professor, International Hellenic University

2015-2016  Visiting Scholar, London Business School

2014-2018  Visiting Professor, LUISS University

2008-2009  Visiting Scholar, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2008           Visiting professor, University of Bologna

2004-2006  Cass Business School, City University, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation  

2005           Visiting Scholar, Vlerick Leuven-Gent Business School 

1998-2004   Imperial College London, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Additional Information

During Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris' 6 years at Imperial (between 1998-2004), he has taught and published in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and actively participated in the start-up of Imperial’s Entrepreneurship Centre under the direction of Professor Sue Birley. He was the <g class="gr_ gr_22 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="22" id="22">centre’s</g> research <g class="gr_ gr_20 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" data-gr-id="20" id="20">co-ordinator</g>, supervised two <g class="gr_ gr_21 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="21" id="21">PhD</g> students and advised venture teams for Imperial’s £55K annual business plan competition. 

After being promoted as the full professor at Cass Business School in 2006, Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris became the founding subject leader for entrepreneurship, by founding a new subject group in 2008. He grew the group to (currently) six full-time faculty members: two professors (Costas Andriopoulos and himself), three senior lecturers Susan Hill, Annelore Huyghe <g class="gr_ gr_151 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="151" id="151">and</g> Stefania Zerbinati) and one lecturer (Ruben van-Werden).

The main activities of the group are as follows.

  • offering entrepreneurship courses across the student body (undergraduate, MSc, MBA and <g class="gr_ gr_24 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="24" id="24">PhD</g>).
  • designing and launching a new specialist MSc in Entrepreneurship, producing excitement and substantial financial contribution for the school.
  • creating an ecosystem of mentors and entrepreneurs to help the students grow their businesses.
  • attracting a £10million donation from a wealthy alumnus to invest in start-ups coming from Cass.
  • engaging industry, such as the ‘Cullum fund’, professionally run like a VC operation and producing a series of investments over the past 5 years. 

During 2011-2015, Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris was the <g class="gr_ gr_18 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="18" id="18">PhD</g> director for Management at Cass. He led the transformation of the <g class="gr_ gr_19 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="19" id="19">PhD</g> programme from a traditional three-year apprentice system to a four-year, training-based, system with a focus on top quality output and placement of students in good academic positions. 

Teaching Activities

Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship to undergraduates MScs and MBAs since 1998. He has established academic leadership in teaching and his courses are consistently highly rated (for example his MBA Innovation and Entrepreneurship elective had 4.5 out of 5, one of the highest feedback scores at Cass). He employs an innovative mix of theory, theory-driven practical frameworks, case studies <g class="gr_ gr_241 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="241" id="241">and</g> simulations, which usually excites student-audiences across the programmes. He has also developed an entrepreneurship case study (Corex) published and used across European programmes.

Editorial Board

2020-now Field Editor - Journal of Business Venturing

2017-now  Journal of Management Studies (editorial board)

2015-now  Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (editorial board)

2019-now Academy of Management Perspectives (editorial board)

Research Cooperation

Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris is an active <g class="gr_ gr_29 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="29" id="29">PhD</g> supervisor. He has supervised 9 doctoral students in total. 7 of his students have already completed. Four of them joined academia as assistant professors or post-docs (Konstantinos Pitsakis joined Tilburg, Tori Huang joined Nottingham, Bo Peng joined Warwick, Kevin Curran joined Oxford). Three more (Marcello Maestro, Grace Liu & Djordje Djokovic) went to the industry to work for Bravemarket, AC Nielsen and Liquid Capital respectively. <g class="gr_ gr_220 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="220" id="220">PhD</g> supervision is one of his greatest strengths. He has built a team of <g class="gr_ gr_230 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="230" id="230">PhD</g> students working on Entrepreneurship. His aim is to train young scholars, keep them motivated and hard-working and most importantly to help them deliver research results, i.e. complete their <g class="gr_ gr_327 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="327" id="327">PhD</g> and publish their work.  

Awards

The tech community “hot topics” - Top 100 entrepreneurship professors globally (2015)

Poets and Quants Top 40 business professors under 40 (2011)

The Cass award of excellence in postgraduate teaching (2010) 

ESRC award: £95000 (2007) 

The City University award of excellence in teaching (2006)

Gate2Growth Research fellowship: EUR 11800 (2005)

The Cass award of excellence in undergraduate teaching (2004)

NATO full-time <g class="gr_ gr_494 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="494" id="494">PhD</g> scholarship: £30000 (1995-1998)

Education

<g class="gr_ gr_5 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation multiReplace" data-gr-id="5" id="5">PhD</g>, University of Bradford (<g class="gr_ gr_101 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="101" id="101">UK</g>, 1998)

MBA, Cardiff Business School (<g class="gr_ gr_117 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="117" id="117">UK</g>, 1995)

BSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Thessaloniki (Greece, 1994)

Main Focuses

Entrepreneurial finance

Academic and technology entrepreneurship

Behavioural Entrepreneurship

Fields of research

Entrepreneurial inspiration

Polychronicity

Analysis versus intuition

Escalation of commitment

Institutional and network

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