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Professor in Information Systems, Technology and Innovation Management & Director of the EML Global DBA

Assimakopoulos is a full Professor at emlyon business school and founding Director of the EML Global DBA. He also serves as the President of the European Doctoral programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), a faculty at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), a senior expert and Board member for the EFMD European Quality Link (EQUAL). Prior to joining EML, he worked as a senior professor, associate dean for research and director of DBA programs in Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM). Dimitris has been educated in civil engineering, architecture, planning and economic sociology in Greece, UK, France and the USA. His research has focused on the management of collaborative networks for technological and organizational innovation, the origins and evolution of technological communities in the context of emerging knowledge-based regional and industrial ecosystems. Dimitris has led or participated in several multi-million euros projects with world class organizations, such as CERN, Fraunhofer ISI, STMicroelectronics and Airbus group. He has been a European Commission ‘Marie Curie’ ESR and principal investigator, a visiting scholar in Sociology and the Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, as well as a visiting professor in several Universities in the UK and China. He has published numerous books, chapters, project reports and articles in scholarly and professional journals. Teaching has varied focusing early on business geographics, GIS & MIS; and more recently on doctoral studies focusing on research design, quali- / quanti-tative methods, supervised to successful completion fifteen PhD and DBA theses; and up started the EIASM Eden SNA (Social Network Analysis), doctoral seminar with colleagues from Bocconi University, UC London and MIT Sloan.
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2002 Accreditation to Direct Research (H.D.R.) in Economics,
University of Grenoble (Université Pierre Mendes France)
1997 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) University of Sheffield , UK
1992 Master of Architectural Studies, University of Sheffield, UK
1989 Diploma of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece


2010 – 2014: PI (Principal Investigator) award at GEM LINC lab and Chair of the Advanced Training Group for the EC ManETEI (Management of Emerging Technologies for Economic Impact) Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN-FP7) www.manetei.eu – total budget (€4M), with the following partners: Leeds University (Co-ordinator) Business School / Nano-Manufacturing Institute, Rotterdam School of Management, Aalto University, University of Ljubljana, Instituto de Empresa Business School Madrid, University College Dublin Smurfit School of Business, Fraunhofer ISI, Bayer Technology Services, Intel Labs and STMicroelectronics.

2010 –2011: PI award at GEM LINC lab for the ‘Hadron Accelerators for Health’ project total budget (€15K), in collaboration with the University of Virginia (USA), supported by the CERN’s HEP (High Energy Physics) Technology Transfer Network and GSI’s (German Heavy Ion research lab) Technology Transfer Office on how the HEP community has  developed innovative treatments for incurable cancers, through knowledge transfer in radiology and oncology related disciplines and communities (this inspired the CERN Collaboration Spotting platform: http://collspotting.web.cern.ch/ ).

2006 – 2009: PI award at GEM LINC Lab and Chair of the Steering Committee of the MATRI ‘Méthode d’ Anticipation des Transformations Industrielles’ project, funded by the EC DG Employment and Social Affairs (total budget €1.8M), in collaboration with the following partners: STMicroelectronics, INPG, CAPGEMINI and Confédération Française de l'Encadrement (France); ISTUD, Politecnico di Torino and Confederazione Italiana Dirigenti (Italy); Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation research (ISI); Henley Management College; Confédération Européenne des Cadres.

2002 –2004: Senior Researcher award at GEM, for the MEDFORIST ‘Euro-Mediterranean Network for sharing IST learning resources’ project (total budget €2.1M), of the EUMEDIS initiative developing a course on e-Commerce: focus on e-Travel / e- Tourism, with partners in 14 countries, training the trainers and developing the E-commerce curricula in Universities & Business Schools in S. Europe, N. Africa and Middle East.

2002 –2003: Senior Expert appointed by the DG Information Society of the EC to review the project ERP-TEX ‘Internet Oriented Distributed ERP for Managing Textile Company’ (IST-2000-52032), within the EC’s FP5 for RTD.

1999 – 2001: Project Director and PI award at the Hull University Business School for a project on ‘Employment and Innovation in SMEs’ funded by the Yorkshire and Humberside Universities Association (£67K over 18 months) as part of the European Social Fund Higher Level Skills program, in collaboration with Sheffield University Management School.

1997 – 1999:  UK ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) Post-doctoral Research fellow award (European Context of Science Policy award) for 24 months at the Management School, University of Sheffield, UK.

1994-1996: European Science Foundation (ESF) GISDATA fellowship (part-time) and EC Copernicus fellowship (part-time) at the Department of Town & Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, UK

1992-1994: EC DG Research award, ‘Marie Curie’ doctoral fellow (Human Capital and Mobility) for 24 months at the Department of Town & Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, UK


2016 – current:  Professor in Information Systems, Technology & Innovation Management at EML and Founding Director of the EML Global Executive DBA
2015 – current:  Visiting Professor, Durham University Business School, UK.
2003 – 2015:  Professor at the GEM Department of Management Technology & Strategy 
2007 – 2015:  Founder & Director of the GEM Laboratory on Learning & Innovation in Networks & Communities (LINC Lab)
2001 – 2015:  GEM Founder & Director of the joint DBA with Newcastle University, UK
2001 – 2010:   GEM DBA Program Director with the Tongji University, China.
2004 – 2007:  GEM Associate Dean for Research
2004:   Visiting Scholar in Economic Sociology and the Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC), Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.
2001 – 2002:  GEM Associate Professor in Information Systems and Technology Management, Department of Management Technology & Strategy   
2000 – 2001:  Director of the Ph.D. and M.Phil. programs, Business School, University of Hull, UK
2000 – 2001:  Director of the B.Sc. programs on Management Science and Information Management, Business School, University of Hull
1999:   Visiting Scholar in Economic Sociology, Stanford University, California, USA (sponsored by Professor Mark Granovetter)
1999 – 2001:  Lecturer in Information Systems, Business School, University of Hull
1989 – 1991:  Research Associate, Laboratory of Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece.

Scientific CommitteesTop

Ad-hoc reviewer for several leading management journals and Co-founder and Co-Editor in Chief, International Journal of Information Technology and Management, (2002 – current)13 volumes
ISSN online: 1741-5179print: 1461-4111


Member of the following professional Associations:
Academy of Management, European Academy of Management, Association for R&D Management
plus specific service at the last decade:

  1. From May 2015, Board member and Senior Expert for the EFMD EQUAL


  1. June 2015, co-Chair of the track on R&D Ecosystems and Platforms, at the R&D Management Conference, held at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Management Studies, Pisa University.


  1. Sept. 2013, Elected as the fourth President of EDAMBA (re-elected in York University, UK, in 2014 and in Aix-Marseille University, in 2015).


  1. January 2013 to 2016, Founder and Chair for the inaugural to the 5th EDAMBA – EIASM Consortia on Doctoral Supervision and the New Global Research Landscape, organized by the EIASM, hosted by the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain; and the LINC Lab at GEM.


  1. June 2009 to 2016 Founder and Coordinator for the EDEN seminars on ‘Social Network Analysis – SNA: Theory and Methods’ with fellow faculty from the IESE Business School, MIT Sloan and UCL Management Science, for the EIASM, held in Brussels, Belgium; and Santorini, Greece.


  1. July 2008-2015, Chair for the EURAM Track / topic on ‘Innovation in Chinese Firms’ (SIG: Innovation) at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conferences.


  1. Sept. 2012, Elected as the Vice-President of EDAMBA at the annual meeting, University of Uppsala.


  1. December 2010, Expert for the CERN ‘Technology Transfer Network’ for the development of Collaboration Spotting platform, Geneva, Switzerland.
    1. September 2010, Faculty at the 20th European Doctoral Summer School on Technology Management, organized by the EIASM, held at the Sant’Anna School, Pisa University, Italy.
    2. March 2008 to 2012, Founder and Chair of the inaugural to the 3rd EDAMBA Winter Academies on ‘Doctoral Supervision and the Global Research System’ for junior faculty hosted by LINC Lab, held at GEM, http://edamba-gem.sciencesconf.org/


  1. June 2009, Invitation for a session on ‘Organizational Network Analysis & New Product Development’ for the Confederation of European Managers (CEC), at the European Parliament, Strasbourg.


  1. October 2008-2013, Member of the Peer Review College at the Danish Strategic Research Council, for the Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Copenhagen, Denmark.


  1. Sept. 2007, Invitation in the Deans’ and Directors’ Meeting of CEEMAN – Panel on the Role of International Associations (EDAMBA), held at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  2. May 2006, Invitation by the British Academy of Management (BAM) / Association of Business Schools (ABS) to give a keynote on ‘Partnerships in Doctoral Education’ at the BAM/ABS ‘Innovation and the DBA’ Community Conference held at Durham University, UK.

Research InterestTop

My research axes on four inter-related themes with several sub-themes currently being advanced in collaboration with colleagues and students from around the world:
I. Technology & Innovation Management
• Communities shaping emerging technologies for socio-economic impact
• Collaborative innovation networks in entrepreneurial ecosystems
• Social networks, talent management and organizational performance

II. ICT-enabled diffusion and Knowledge Management
• High-tech clusters and “glocal” competitiveness in ICT
• Tacit knowledge and ICT-enabled communities
• Knowledge flows in new product development teams

III. International Science and Technology Policy
• Co-evolution of scientific and technological networks
• Scientometrics for collaboration spotting and policy making
• Innovation and quality management in China and its impact for European firms

IV. Doctoral education in Management & Business Studies
• Doctoral supervision and codes of practice for doctoral programs
• Quality standards and internationalization of doctoral education
• Innovation in doctoral studies in Management and Business

Communications & SeminarsTop

1. Assimakopoulos, D. and Tsouri, M., 2015, ‘Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees: MINALOGIC and Presto Engineering as a “New Argonaut” in a French ICT ecosystem’ paper presented at the 10th Regional Innovation Policies Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany, Oct. 14-16.
2. Agamis, C. and Assimakopoulos, D., 2015, ‘Collaborative R&D networks of innovative SMEs in a French Med-tech ecosystem’, paper presented at the R&D Management Conference, Pisa, Italy, June 24-26.
3. Doherty, M. and Assimakopoulos, D., 2015, ‘The Institutional Evolution of Collaborative Practice and Network Capital in Public-Private STI Communities’ paper presented at the R&D Management Conference, Pisa, June 24-26.
4. Yu, X., Assimakopoulos D. and Yan, J., 2015, ‘Technological Capability Building through Action Learning: Findings from Chinese Manufacturing SMEs’, paper presented at the EURAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, June 17-20.
5. Zhu, Y., von Zedtwitz, M , Assimakopoulos D., Fernandes, K. J.., 2015, ‘Organizational Culture and New Product Development: Implications for Product Safety Performance’, paper to be presented at the Academy of Management meeting, Vancouver, Canada, August 8-11.
6. Assimakopoulos, D., and Agouridas, V., 2014, ‘Collaborative Business Model Innovation in an Aerospace setting’, paper presented at the R&D Management Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, June 3-6.
7. Albietz, B. and Assimakopoulos, D., 2014, ‘CRM System – Organisation misfits and their evolution’, paper presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, PA., USA, August 3-6.
8. Assimakopoulos, D., 2013, Managing Network Innovation in High-tech Clusters: the case of Minalogic, keynote address at the 1st Hellenic Innovation Forum, organized by the IZA (Germany) and the EC Task Force for Greece, Athens, Greece, October 7-8.
9. Assimakopoulos, D., Carayannis, E., and Dimov, D., 2013, Some Insights into the Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, paper presented at the 1st International Entrepreneurship Research Exemplar Conference, Catania, Italy, May 23-25.
10. Assimakopoulos D., Djelic, M. L. and Ahrweiler, P., 2012, Community of Communities Dynamics in Innovation Networks, paper presented at the 1st European Organizational Theory Development  Workshop in OMT, Grenoble Ecole de Management, June 28-29.
11. Agamis, C. and Assimakopoulos D., 2012, The Role of Network Intermediaries in Health Enabling Technologies, paper presented at the 4S / European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Copenhagen Business School, October 17-20.
12. Carafa, A. and Assimakopoulos, D., 2012, The Emergence of an Inter-disciplinary Scientific Community at the science-technology overlap: evidence from Particle therapy of cancer, paper presented at the 12th EURAM conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
13. Assimakopoulos D., Zeng, S. and Tian M., 2011, Can Cooperative Innovation improve Innovation Performance? paper presented at the 11th EURAM Conf, Tallinn, Estonia, June 1-4.
14. Carafa, A. Assimakopoulos, D. and Parker, A., 2011, Network Evolution in the Triple Helix of Particle Therapies, paper presented at the Triple Helix IX International Conference, held at Stanford University, California, July12-15.
15. Albietz, B. and Assimakopoulos, D., 2010, ‘Caring about Users: a Process Oriented Model of CRM System Usage’ paper presented at the OCIS Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, held at Montreal, Canada, August 6-10.
16. Zhu, A., von Zedtwitz M., and Assimakopoulos D., 2010, ‘How does Product Development Impact Product Safety?’ paper presented at the TIM Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, held at Montreal, Canada, August 6-10.
17. Li, S., Assimakopoulos, D., and Si, C., 2010, ‘Analysis of Generation Mechanism for Social Service Network of Technological Innovation’, paper presented at the EURAM Annual Conference, held at Rome, Italy, May 19-22.
18. Zhu, A. Y., von Zedtwitz M., and Assimakopoulos D., 2010, ‘What Are NPD Practices of Best-in-Class Product Safety Firms?’ paper presented at the the EURAM Annual Conference, to be held at Rome, Italy, May 19-22.
19. Assimakopoulos, D and Wu, H., 2009, ‘Key Factors of VOIP Adoption in Chinese Large Companies’, paper presented at the 8th Wuhan Intl. Conference on E-Business (WHICEB09), organized by the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China, May.
20. Doak, S. and Assimakopoulos, D., 2009, ‘Relationships between Actors that Influence the Transfer of Tacit Knowledge within Social Networks’, paper to be presented at the 9th European Academy of Management Conference, (EURAM09), Liverpool University, Liverpool, England, May.
21. Assimakopoulos D and Chapelet B, 2008, ‘Fostering New Product Development Teams in Meta-national and Networked Innovation’, paper presented at the TIM Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, held at Anaheim, California, August.
22. Ester R, Assimakopoulos D, von Zedtwitz, M, and Yu V, 2008, ‘The role of Global R&D Organizational Structure in the Development of Dynamic Capabilities’, paper presented to the 8th European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), Track on Innovation in Chinese Firms, held at the University of Lubljana, Slovenia, May.
23. Cherif-Allal O, Assimakopoulos D and Favier M, 2008, ‘A Business Model for French Marketplaces’, paper presented to the 2008 Intl Conf on Information Systems, Paris, Dec.
24. Assimakopoulos D and Koschatzky K, 2007, ‘Mapping the Path-ways for Networked Innovation in the Semiconductor Industry’, paper presented at a workshop on "Paths of Developing Complex Technologies: Insights from Different Industries", Freie Universität Berlin, Sept.
25. Assimakopoulos D, 2006, ‘Institutional Embeddedness of SEMI Founders in Silicon Valley’, paper presented at the Strategic ‘Network’ Entrepreneurship Conference, held at the Department of Organisation Science, Free University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, July.
26. Allal-Cherif O, Assimakopoulos D and Favier M, 2006, ‘Present et Future des Places de Marche en France: vers en Nouvel Model Economique’ paper presented at the 15th Conference Internationale de Management Strategique, AIMS, Annecy / Geneve, June (in French).
27. Assimakopoulos D and Wei M, 2006, ‘What are the Lessons from 2G/GSM Diffusion for 3G Mobile Telecom Diffusion in China?’, paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Management of Technology, IAMOT, held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, May.
28. Yan J and Assimakopoulos D, 2006, ‘The Scale Free and Small World Structure of an Internet Technical Community’ paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Management of Technology, IAMOT, held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, May.
29. Macdonald S, Assimakopoulos D and Anderson P, 2006, ‘The Unscrupulous University’, paper presented at the 2nd EIASM Workshop on the Process of Reform of University Systems University and Sustainable Economic Development’, Fondazione Cini, Venice, May.
30. Assimakopoulos D and Kenney M, 2005, ‘Exploring the Relational Nature of Leadership in Professorial Entrepreneurship: a comparison of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley and Stanford’, paper presented at the 4th Intl. Critical Management Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, July.
31. Yan J and Assimakopoulos D, 2005, ‘The organization and business model of an Internet based software engineering forum in China’ paper presented at the 6th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE), held at the University of Valencia, Valencia, September.
32. Assimakopoulos D and Doak S, 2005, ‘How do Forensic Scientists Learn to Investigate Murder, Arson and Drugs cases in Practice?’ paper presented at the R&D Management Conference 2005, held at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, July.
33. Hansen K and Assimakopoulos D, 2005, ‘Intra-organizational Development in an Aerospace Project Team Over Time and Role Commitment’ paper presented at the 25th International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, February.
34. Allal-Cherif O, Favier M, Assimakopoulos D, 2004, ‘Les MMORPG modèles des Places de Marché’ paper presented at the ‘4ème Colloque La Métamorphose des Organisations’ University of Nancy, Nancy, October (in French).
35. Assimakopoulos D and Yan, J., 2004, ‘The External Linkages of Community of Practice: integrating communities using Internet technology forums’, in the proceeding of the 13th International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT), Washington, D.C., April.
36. Assimakopoulos D and Yan J, 2003, ‘Knowledge Acquisition for daily problem solving: some evidence from Chinese Software Companies’, Paper presented at the 12th International Forum of Technology Management, at Tongji University, Shanghai, November.
37. Yan J and Assimakopoulos D, 2003, ‘The External Linkages of Community of Practice: a case study in a software company’, Paper presented at the 4th European Conference on Knowledge Management, at Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, September.
38. Assimakopoulos D and Macdonald S, 2003, ‘Personal Networks and IT Innovation within the Esprit and IST Programs’, Paper presented at the “Knowledge and Economic and Social Change” Conference organised by the 'Institute of Innovation Research', University of Manchester, Manchester, April.
39. Assimakopoulos D, 2002, ‘IT Innovation in the Esprit and IST Programs: Personal Networks of UK main-contractors’, Paper presented at the Economics and Management of Innovation Colloquium, organised by INRA/CNRS at UPMF, Grenoble, October.
40. Assimakopoulos D and Macdonald S, 2002, ‘Education and Training for Innovation in SMEs’, paper presented at the Rent XVI - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, organised by the EIASM, held in Barcelona, November.
41. Assimakopoulos D, 2001, ‘GIS Innovations in a French Chamber of Commerce’, paper presented at the European Research Conference on ‘Socio-Economic Research and GIS’, organized by the European Science Foundation, held at Granada, Spain, June.
42. Assimakopoulos D, 2000, ‘Information for Innovation in ESPRIT: Personal Networks of  UK Main Contractors’, paper presented at the British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Management School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, September.
43. Assimakopoulos D, Piekkari R and Macdonald S, 2000, ‘ESPRIT: Europe’s Response to US and Japanese Domination in IT’, paper presented at the 8th Schumpeter Conference on ‘Change, Development and Transformation: Trans-disciplinary Perspectives on the Innovation Process’, University of Manchester, Manchester, July.
44. Assimakopoulos D, 1999a, ‘The Emergence of a New Technological Community’, paper presented at the European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics, organized by IEPE at UPMF, Grenoble, June.
45. Assimakopoulos D, 1999b, ‘Social Networks and Technological Innovations in GIS’, paper presented at the Euro-Conference on Socio-Economic Research and GIS: Socio-Economic Impacts of New Geographic Information Handling Technologies, Espinho, Portugal, May.
46. Assimakopoulos D, 1999c, ‘Structural Equivalence vs. Cohesion in the Greek GIS Community’, paper presented at the XIX International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, February.
47. Assimakopoulos D and Macdonald S, 1999, ‘The Purpose of Network: Perspectives on ESPRIT Networks in Theory and Practice’, paper presented at the 15th European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS99) Colloquium, Warwick Business School, Coventry, July.
48. Piekkari R, Assimakopoulos D and Macdonald S, 1999, ‘Informal Collaboration among UK main contractors in ESPRIT’, paper presented at the final meeting of the ESRC European Context of Science Policy Program, organised by the Science Policy Support Group, London, June.
49. Assimakopoulos D, Macdonald S and Piekkari R, 1999, ‘In Bed with a Stranger: Finding Partners for Collaboration in ESPRIT’, paper presented at the 15th Annual Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Conference: Interactions, Relationships and Networks, Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, September.
50. Assimakopoulos D and Macdonald S, 1998, ‘Collaboration and Innovation Networks in ESPRIT’, paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Multi-Organisational Partnerships and Cooperative Strategy, Oxford University, Balliol College, Oxford, July.
51. Assimakopoulos D, 1997, ‘Network Analysis as a Tool for Mapping Government - University - Industry Relations’, paper presented at the International Conference on Technology Policy and Less Developed Regions, organised by the United Nations University at Maastricht, held at the European Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain, October.
52. Assimakopoulos D, 1996, ‘Social networks, disciplinary heterogeneity and constructed advantage within the Greek GIS Community’, paper presented at the Specialist meeting of ESF’s NECTAR program on Communication and Transportation Networks in Europe, University of Mons, Mons, Belgium, February.
53. Assimakopoulos D, 1995, ‘GIS Diffusion in Greece’, paper presented at the Summer Institute on Trans-Atlantic Perspectives of GI Research, jointly organized by the  US National Science Foundation, and the ESF GISDATA program, held at the University of Maine, Freeport, Maine, July.
54. Assimakopoulos D, 1993, ‘The Greek GIS Community’, paper presented at the Specialist Meeting on the Diffusion of GIS in Local Government in Europe, organized by the of ESF’s GISDATA program, held at Knutsford, England, April.