Associate Professor of Strategic Management
2.125, Warwick Business School
+44 (0)24 7657 5340
Strategy Practice and Process; Strategic Discourse; Strategy Tools; Strategy Directors/Chief Strategy Officers; Strategy Teams; Strategic Change; Multi-business firms; Paradox; Visual view on strategy.
Sotirios is Assistant Dean (Masters in Management, Masters in Business and Masters in International Business) and teaches in the Masters, MBA, and Executive programmes at the Warwick Business School (WBS). He is recipient of multiple annual WBS Outstanding MBA and Masters Teacher Awards and has been involved in training for a number of organizations including IBM, E.On, UBS, CapGemini and Transport for London.
He holds a Doctorate in Strategy and Organisation from the School of Management, University of Bath, a Masters degree (with Distinction) in Management Science and Operational Research from the Warwick Business School and a Bachelor (Hons) in Management from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He was awarded the McKinsey & Company scholarship for doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Andrew Pettigrew and the Bodossaki Foundation scholarship for postgraduate study at the Warwick Business School.
He is a recipient of the 2013 Journal of Management Studies Best Paper Award, the 2014 SAP IG Best Paper Award at AOM, the 2008 SMS Best Conference Paper Prize for Practice Implications, the 2010 SMS Honorable Mention of the Best Conference Paper Prize (Finland Special Conference), and the 2008 BPS Division Outstanding Reviewer Award at AOM. He is a reviewer for a number of journals including: Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Organization Studies, Human Relations, British Journal of Management, California Management Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Long Range Planning and Scandinavian Journal of Management. He serves as Chair of the judging committee for the Best Paper for Practice Implications (BPPI) award and co-chair of the Executive Discoveries Series (EDS) at the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Previously, he served as officer for the Strategizing, Activities and Practice (SAP) Interest Group at the Academy of Management (AOM) and as chairperson for the Strategy Practice Interest Group in SMS. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the European Group for Organizational Studies, the European Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management and the British Operational Research Society. He serves as an advisory panel member (Strategy) at the Association of Business School (ABS) Academic Journal Quality Guide. He also sits in the editorial boards of the Journal of Management & Governance and the Journal of Management.
Sotirios works on a number of research projects at the intersections of strategy practice and process: discourse (with Loizos Heracleous), tools and cognition (with Robert Wright and Daniela Blettner), rhetoric and paradox (with Rebecca Bednarek and John Sillince), Chief Strategy Officers (CSOs)/strategy directors (with Duncan Angwin and Markus Menz), visual interactions, workshops and strategy maps (with Alberto Franco and Thanos Papadopoulos), CEO language (with Max McKeown and Simon Collinson) and political capabilities/chief external officers (with Thomas Lawton, Jonathan Doh and Tazeeb Rajwani).
His broader research interests lie in the study of the strategy processes and practices in challenging and complex organizational settings in the UK and globally.
Prospective PhD researchers
Interested in the above topics topics and want to study for a doctorate degree in one of the largest and most successful doctoral programmes in Europe? Do you satisfy the entry requirements? Send me an email with your detailed CV and a few paragraphs on the approach you would like to take on the particular topic.
Domain Statement for the SMS Strategy Practice Interest Group also visit the Youtube Channel
Contribute to the SMS Strategy Practice IG Collaborative Site (Wiki) and LinkedIn Group
The AoM, Strategizing, Activities and Practice (SAP) IG Website :: Newsletter (01/2012) :: Newsletter (05/2013)
Learn more about the SAP-Review Group
:: Media ::
USA Today - Yahoo results show pressure facing board, comments also used by media agency AFP and reproduced in more than 40 global media outlets such as: abc10, NDTV, Daily Mail, Malaysian Digest, 9News (20 April 2016)
The Conversation - Livening things up – can Twitter stay afloat through new innovations? also in: Memeburn, TechCentral, EconomyWatch, EconoTimes (11 February 2016)
Digital Trends - Twitter: User base still flat, but ad revenue up 48 percent year-over-year, comments also featured in: The Globe and Mail, Yahoo! India, The Hindu, Business Standard, The Statesman, IANS, Business Today , India.com, Moneylife, Newsx Business Standard, Big News Network.com, Infotech Lead, The C Suite, Daijiworld.com, Laurel Leader Call, CMSWire, Huewire News, Cinema Blaze, NanoNews, Jewocity.com, MyTechBits, The Hans Indias, New Kerala, The Saisat Daily, Odisha News Insight (10 February 2016)
BusinessBecause - Elite MBA Students Are Spurning McKinsey, Bain For Freelance Consulting Sites (10 February 2016)
Fortune - Can Jack Dorsey turn Twitter around like Steve Jobs did with Apple? (3 November 2015)
The Conversation - Can comeback CEO Jack Dorsey turn Twitter around? also in: TechCentral, Scroll.In (2 November 2015)
Digital Trends - Honeymoon over for Dorsey as Twitter results disappoint again also in: The C Suite (28 October 2015)
Sky News - Twitter boss gifts shares worth £130m to staff also in: The Scotsman (23 October 2015)
The Conversation - Twitter gets stung by an errant tweet but investors shouldn’t write the company off also in: Scroll.In (1 May 2015)
CNET - Twitter earnings leaked via tweets, sales disappoint also featured in: ITespresso.it and PianetaCellulare.it (28 April 2015)
Canadian Business - Companies just love creating new “Chief [Something] Officer” titles (28 April 2015)
Business Life - British Airways - Who needs profits? Social media’s revenue waiting game (14 April 2015)
The Telegraph- Angry Birds profit falls 73pc as merchandise slows - also featured in: Business Insider, Real Business, The Rakyat Post, Channel News Asia, Phys.org, Les News Eco, Le Soir, Muchblue, KitiGuru, WebSoul, BFM TV, Jakarta Globe, Latest News Headlines (19 March 2015)
CIO - Do you need another CEO? (9 March 2015)
HC Online - Should you employ a Chief External Officer? (9 March 2015)
BusinessBecause - Strong salaries drive MBA graduates from Banks to private equity (4 March 2015)
BusinessBecause - Private equity, hedge funds lure MBAs away from chastened banks (2 March 2015)
Financial Times - How to pay for an MBA (25 January 2015)
BusinessBecause - MBAs predict the future: Sharing economy drives freelance consulting (18 December 2014)
Academy of Management - Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Awards (25 November 2014)
The Daily Telegraph (Saturday) - How to get into the top schools, MBAs Special Report, p.17 (22 November 2014)
The Daily Telegraph - Plan ahead to hit the ground running, MBAs Special Report, Y11 (25 October 2014)
City A.M. - Why an MBA can help change your career (22 October 2014)
BusinessBecause - MBAs turn to parents and crowdfunding to foot B-School bills (27 September 2014)
WBS - WBS sweeps up four research prizes at global awards (13 August 2014)
CNET - Panasonic back in profit after ditching plasmas and phones (28 April 2014)
Quartz - Are WhatsApp’s 55 employees millionaires now? Not so fast also featured in: SBS (20 February 2014)
France 24 - WhatsApp: How Zuckerberg prepares post-Facebook - in French (20 February 2014)
The Social Media Monthly - Twitter's results do not mean its business model is broken also featured in: Business Matters, The Economic Voice, Yahoo News, Times Live, Enterprise Magazine, MyCustomer, FStech (10 February 2014)
London Evening Standard - Comment on Twitter results, also featured in: This Is Money, Daily Mail, Marketing Magazine, MSN News, The Courier, The Oxford Times, Belfast Telegraph, Intelligent HQ, Brand Republic, The Economic Times, City Wire, Silicon News, Minute Hack (6/7 February 2014)
Fresh Business Thinking - Comment on Yahoo results (29 January 2014)
Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases shortlisted in the top 5 textbooks and top 25 management books for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year Award out of 142 entries (31 October 2013)
McKinsey Quarterly LinkeIn Group Discussion: What do you think we can learn from IPOs of tech firms? (14 October 2013)
The Conversation - Facebook paves the way for investor confidence in Twitter also at SBS Australia (8 October 2013)
Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases nominated for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year Award (September 2013) - also featured in WBS news and Recruitment International
The Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Levitt Group - Revisit your Strategy Toolkit (September 2013) Listen to the Podcast
IT Europa - HP still to turn enterprise round also at Comms Dealer (23 August 2013)
KRX - Stock and investment magazine, South Korea - Special Interview feature, pages 32-35 (July 2013 Issue)
The Conversation - Battle over broadcaster a sign of deeper Greek political woes (25 June 2013)
ABC Radio Australia - Saturday AM show - aired on: ABC RadioNational & 702 ABC Sydney (media courtesy of ABC - 22 June 2013) Audio
Greece needs a growth plan not political meltdown - Warwick University Experts Comment and WBS News (21 June 2013)
The Conversation - Europe's latest investment opportunity ... Greece? (7 June 2013)
France24 English - Live TV comments about the latest IMF Report on Greece (media courtesy of France24 - 6 June 2013) Video
IMF Report on Greece - Analysis on WBS News (6 June 2013)
:: Past Events ::
Research Presentation and collaboration at the University of Hull (8 and 9 May 2013)
British Academy of Management Workshop: How can we advance teaching Strategy-as-Practice? A joint Strategy-as-Practice and Strategy IG workshop (London, 30 May 2013)
The Forth SAP-R group meeting, Said Business School, Oxford University (29 April 2013) Call at the SAP-IN site
SMS Prague Annual International Conference (6-9 October 2012) Conference Committee Call for Papers for the Practice IG
AOM Boston Annual Meeting (August 2012) - PDW on 'New Directions in Research on Strategizing Activities and Practice', Saturday, 4th August, Boston Hynes, Convention Center, Room 312, 8:00am-10:00am.
The Second SAP-R group meeting, Warwick University (24 May 2012) Call at the SAP-IN site
Research Visit - ST. Gallen University (November 2011)
SMS Miami Annual International Conference (November 2011): Strategies for a Multi-polar World Systems Perspective to Strategy Process Research (Sunday 11:15-12:30)
SAP-Review Group Inaugural Meeting, New College, Oxford (October 2011) Report Facebook Site
AOM St. Antonio Annual Meeting (August 2011): West Meets East (SAP IG Call for Papers)
Lancaster Centre for Strategic Management Seminar, Lancaster Business School (19 January 2011)
SMS Rome Annual International Conference (September 2010): Strategic Management at the Crossroads Conference Committee Strategy Practice IG Sessions Showcase Plenary on Research Directions at the Intersections of Strategy Process and practice
Business, Organisation and Society (BOSS) Seminar, Henley Business School (25 March 2010): Talking about Strategy: Explorations in the Sociology of Strategizing
SMS Finland Special Conference (March 2010):Intersections of Strategy Processes and Strategy Practices Program Committee Program Booklet
SMS Washington DC Annual International Conference (October 2009): Strategies in an Uncertain World Program Committee See the slides and insights we generated during our IG Sunday sessions in our Wiki Page
AOM 2009 (August 2009): PDW on Managing Change in Extreme Contexts
Athens University Of Economics & Business (1st June 2009): Department of Business Administration Seminar Series
Open University Business School (20th May 2009): OUBS Seminar Series
EURAM 2009 (May 2009): Track 35: Strategy as Practice - New Methodological Approaches and Challenges
:: Other News ::
Press Release (May, 2010): WBS Research Wins International Recognition
Press Release (October, 2008) : WBS Research With Practical Implications See Also The Spring 2009 Issue of Nexus
News In Brief: External Recognition and Awards for WBS Staff
Interview: The Warwick MBA - Greek Insight (in greek)
Knight, E. & Paroutis, S. (2016) Becoming Salient: The TMT Leader’s Role in Shaping the Interpretive Context of Paradoxical Tensions. Organization Studies. Published online ahead of print, 23 June 2016, doi: 10.1177/0170840616640844. Download
Papachroni, A., Heracleous, L. & Paroutis, S. (2016) In Pursuit of Ambidexterity: Managerial Reactions to Innovation-Efficiency Tensions. Human Relations. Published online ahead of print, 7 June 2016, doi: 10.1177/0018726715625343. Download
Athanasiou, T., Patel, V., Garas, G., Ashrafian, H., Shetty, K., Sevdalis, N., Panzarasa, P., Darzi, A.,& Paroutis, S. (2016) Mentoring Perception and Academic Performance: An Academic Health Science Center Survey. Postgraduate Medical Journal, published online ahead of print. Download
Paroutis S., Franco A. & Papadopoulos T. (2015) Visual Interactions with Strategy Tools: Producing Strategic Knowledge in Workshops. British Journal of Management. Special issue: Materializing Strategy and Strategizing Materials. 26: S48-S66. Download
Papachroni, A., Heracleous, L. & Paroutis, S. (2015) Organizational Ambidexterity through the Lens of Paradox Theory: Extending the Research Agenda. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 51 (1), 71-93. Download
Bednarek, R., Paroutis, S. & Sillince J. (2014) Practicing Transcendence: Rhetorical Strategies and Constructing a Response to Paradox. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. 2014 Strategizing, Activities and Practices (SAP) IG Best Paper Award.
Doh, J., Lawton, T., Rajwani, T. & Paroutis, S. (2014) Why your Company may need a Chief External Officer: Upgrading External Affairs can help align Strategy and improve Competitive Advantage. Organizational Dynamics, (43)2: 96-104. Download
Paroutis, S., Bennett, M. & Heracleous, L. (2014) A Strategic View on Smart City Technology: The Case of IBM Smarter Cities during a Recession. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Special Issue 'Upgrading a City via Technology', 89: 262-272. Download
Paroutis, S., Mckeown, M. & Collinson, S. (2013) Building Castles from Sand: Unlocking CEO Mythopoetical Behaviour in Hewlett Packard from 1978 to 2005. Business History, Special Issue 'The Age of Strategy: Strategy, Organizations and Society', 55(7), 1200-1227. Download
Paroutis, S. & Heracleous, L. (2013) Discourse Revisited: Dimensions and Employment of First-Order Strategy Discourse during Institutional Adoption. Strategic Management Journal, 34(8): 935-956. Abstract. Download |DOI: 10.1002/smj.2052 (OpenAccess).
Wright, R., Paroutis, S. & Blettner, D. (2013) How Useful are the Strategic Tools We Teach in Business Schools? Journal of Management Studies, 50(1): 92-125. Abstract. Download from Publisher Download 2013 Journal of Management Studies Best Paper Award.
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2007) Strategizing in the Multi-business Firm: Strategy Teams at Multiple Levels and over Time. Human Relations, 60(1): 99-135. Special Issue on Strategizing: The Challenges of a Practice Perspective. Download from Publisher Download
Paroutis, S., Heracleous, L. & Angwin, D. (2013) Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases. Sage: London. Sample Chapter shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards as one of the top 5 business textbooks of the year (December 2013).
(2012) Strategy process. Volume 12 Strategic Management: Wiley Encyclopedia of Management 3rd Edition. McGee, J., Sammut-Bonnici, T. (Eds). London: Wiley.
Matrix structure. Volume 12 Strategic Management: Wiley Encyclopedia of Management 3rd Edition. McGee, J., Sammut-Bonnici, T. (Eds). London: Wiley.(2012)
Structuring organizations. Volume 12 Strategic Management: Wiley Encyclopedia of Management 3rd Edition. McGee, J., Sammut-Bonnici, T. (Eds). London: Wiley.(2012)
Learning organization. Volume 12 Strategic Management: Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition. McGee, J., Sammut-Bonnici, T. (Eds). London: Wiley.(2012)
Paroutis, S. & Robertson, D. (2007) Macro Environment Analysis: PESTLE. DLMBA, Strategic Advantage, Lesson 3.
Paroutis, S. (2006) Classic and New Forms of Organizing. DLMBA, Strategy and Practice, Lesson 5 (update).
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2005) Making Strategy in the Multi-business Firm in Innovating Strategy Processes, Floyd S. W., Roos J., Jacobs C. & Kellermanns F.W. (Eds.), 97-110, Blackwell, Oxford. Part of the SMS book series edited by Hitt, M. Introduction
Bednarek, R., Paroutis, S. and Sillince J. (2014) Practicing Transcendence: Rhetorical Strategies and Constructing a Response to Paradox. Academy of Management conference, Philadelphia. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. 2014 Strategizing, Activities and Practices (SAP) IG Best Paper Award.
Paroutis, S. & Rajwani, T. (2013) Institutional Conditions and Political Capabilities: An examination of Airline Reactions to 9/11. Academy of Management conference, Orlando. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Download
Rajwani, T. & Paroutis, S. (2012) Institutional Effects on Developing Political Capabilities: The Case of European Airlines on the Aftermath of 9/11. Strategic Management Society 32nd Annual International Conference, October, Prague, Czech Republic. Nominated for the Best Conference Paper Prize.
Franco, A. & Paroutis, S. (2011) Boundary Objects in Dialogues: Exploring How Strategy Tools Shape Workshop Outcomes. Strategic Management Society 31st Annual International Conference, 6-9 November, Miami, United States.
Menz, M., Paroutis, S. & Angwin, D. (2011) Corporate Strategy, Chief Strategy Officer Type and Firm Perfomance: A Knowledge Based View. Academy of Management Conference, 12-16 August, St Antonio, United States.
Wright, R., Paroutis, S. & Blettner, D. (2010) Managerial Cognitions of Strategic Tools Usefulness: A Strategy-as-Experiential Practice Perspective. Academy of Management Conference, 6-10 August, Montreal, Canada.
Paroutis, S. & Heracleous, L. (2010) First-Order Strategy Discourse: The Strategy Meaning-making Process in Practice. Strategic Management Society Finland Special Conference on the Intersections of Strategy Processes and Practices, 17-20 March, Finland. Honorable Mention of the Special Conference Finland Best Paper Award.
Rompas, S. & Paroutis, S. (2009) Firm Behavior and the Strategic Action of Acquiring External Resources in the Biopharmaceuticals Industry: A Multi-Level Conceptual Framework. Strategic Management Society 29th Annual International Conference, 11-14 October, Washington DC, United States.
Angwin, D. & Paroutis, S. (2009) Understanding the Role of Senior Strategy Directors: Connecting Strategy in Large Firms. The 25th EGOS Colloquium, 2-4 July, Barcelona.
Paroutis, S. & Heracleous, L. (2008) Institutionalizing Strategy: Gaining Legitimacy through Meaning-Making in Complex Organizational Settings. Workshop on 'The Craft of Discourse Analysis in Strategy as Practice Research', 11-12 November, University of St. Gallen.
Paroutis, S. & Heracleous, L. (2008) Strategists on Strategy: Understanding the Meaning of Strategy in Complex Organizational Settings. AIM workshop on 'Actions, Practices and Institutions', 22 October, Aston Business School.
Paroutis, S. & Angwin, D. (2008) The Roles of Strategy Directors and Strategy Teams in Large Firms. Strategic Management Society 28th Annual International Conference, 12-15 October, Cologne, Germany. Winner of the SMS Best Conference Paper Prize for Practice Implications. Certificate
Paroutis, S. & Heracleous, L. (2008) Strategic Meaning-Making in Practice: Insights from Managers in FTSE-100 Firms. Strategic Management Society (SMS) 28th Annual International Conference, 12-15 October, Cologne, Germany.
Paroutis, S. & Heracleous, L. (2008) Institutionalizing Strategy: Gaining Legitimacy through Meaning-Making in Complex Organizational Settings. International Conference on the 'Trajectories, Paths, Patterns and Practices of Strategising and Organising', 23-25 September, St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
Paroutis, S. & Angwin, D. (2008) On the Role and Capabilities of Strategy Directors and Strategy Teams: Supporting Upper Echelons in Complex Organizational Settings. Paper Symposium on ‘The Questions We Ask about Upper Echelons Research’ sponsored by the BPS, OMT and ENT divisions at the Academy of Management Conference, 8-13 August, Anaheim, California.
Wright, R., Paroutis, S. & Blettner, D. (2008) Building Stronger Models Through Strategy-as-Practice: The Case of Strategic Tools Usefulness. Academy of Management Conference, 8-13 August, Anaheim, California.
Mckeown, M. & Paroutis, S. (2008) The Constrained Variety of CEO Sequences of Action to Overcome Inertia and Accomplish Innovation in Response to Rare Events & Welcome Crises: Some Propositions & Observations. The 24th EGOS Colloquium, 10-12 July, Amsterdam.
Paroutis, S. (2007) Strategizing Capabilities: Conceptual and Empirical Insights from a Multi-Method Study. Strategic Management Society (SMS) 27th Annual International Conference, 14-17 October, San Diego, CA. Full Text
Caldart, A., Paroutis, S. & Robertson, D. (2007) Investigating How Different Exploitation Strategies Could Affect the Balance between Exploration and Exploitation in Teams. British Academy of Management Conference, 11-13 September, Coventry, United Kingdom.
Mckeown, M. & Paroutis, S. (2007) When Is Strategy? The Central but Neglected Role of Time in Strategic Management Research. British Academy of Management Conference, 11-13 September, Coventry, United Kingdom.
Paroutis, S. (2007) The Micro-foundations of Strategy: Exploring the Practices of Strategy Teams in Multi-business Firms. Academy of Management Conference, 3-8 August, Philadelphia, PA.
Caldart, A., Paroutis, S. & Robertson, D. (2007) How Different Exploitation Strategies Affect the Balance between Exploration and Exploitation in Teams. Academy of Management Conference, 3-8 August, Philadelphia, PA.
Paroutis, S. (2007) The Relationship between Organizing and Strategizing: Theoretical and Empirical Insights from a Multi-Method Study. The 23rd EGOS Colloquium , 5-7 July, Vienna, Austria.
Paroutis, S. & Palmer, G. C. A. (2007) Developing Capabilities for Practice: Do We Really Teach MBAs Hot to be Effective Strategists? The third Organization Studies Summer Workshop, 7-9 June, Crete, Greece.
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2006) Strategy Teams in Multibusiness Firms: Studying Strategizing Practices across Levels. Strategic Management Society (SMS) 26th Annual International Conference, Vienna, Austria. Finalist for the ninth annual SMS Best Conference Paper Prize.
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2005) Strategizing in Multibusiness Firms: Making and Executing Strategy across Multiple Levels and Over Time. The 21st EGOS Colloquium, Berlin, Germany. Full Text(login required)
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2005) Studying Strategizing and Organizing within the Multibusiness Firm: Capabilities, Evidence and Learning. The first Organization Studies Summer Workshop, Santorini, Greece. Full Text
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2003) Making Strategy in the Multibusiness Firm: Some Early Findings. Mini SMS conference, Connecticut, United States.
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2001) Practicing Strategy and Developing Strategising Capabilities: A Research Prospect. The 17th EGOS Colloquium, Lyon, France.
Paroutis, S. (2006) Strategizing in the Multi-business Firm. School of Management, University of Bath. Supervisor: Professor Andrew Pettigrew.
Paroutis, S. & Sutcliffe N. (2012) When Strategists Hit the 'Perfect Storm': Marconi (A), (B) and Teaching Note. Warwick Business School (ECCH - No 312-071-1, 312-072-1 and 312-071-8).
Paroutis, S. (2006) Hugo Boss, Warwick Business School.
Paroutis, S. & Pettigrew, A. M. (2003) The Challenges of Making and Executing Strategy in a Multibusiness Firm, Warwick Business School.
Paroutis, S. Vlismas, H. & Rokkas, A. (1999) Competition in the Greek Mobile Market.
Angwin, D. & Paroutis, S. (2009) Down, but not out! - M&A during recession? Business & Economy, Planman Media.
Nichols, C. & Paroutis, S. (2008) Engaged Strategy Participation: Going beyond Buy-in. Critical Eye Review.
Angwin, D. & Paroutis, S. (2008)The Strategy Director: front-line soldier or reserve general? Strategic Innovators, April Issue.