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Professor Panikkos Poutziouris

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Rector

[email protected]

+357 24694010


PhD, University of Nottingham, 1993

MBA, University of Nottingham, 1988

BA (Hons) Economics) -, University of Nottingham, 1987


Other Professional Training

  • Harvard Business School, European Entrepreneurship Colloquium, Boston, USA (1 week, 2006 )
  • MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship Development Programme, January, Boston, USA ( 1 week, 2003)
  • International Teachers Programme (ITP), London Business School, UK (2 weeks, 1998)


Entrepreneurship, Strategic Development of  Family Business, Circular Economics


Employment Track

Rector & Professor in Entrepreneurship & Family Business, UCLan Cyprus, 2018 to date

Honorary Fellow, Centre for Circular Economics  Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 2018 to date

Interim Rector, UCLan Cyprus 2017 – 2018

Head of School of Business & Management, UCLan Cyprus, 2012 – 2017

Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship, Beijing Institute of Technology-China, 2010-2013

Visiting Fellow & Visiting Associate Professor in Family Business, Manchester Business School (UK), 2004-2011

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship & Family Business, CIIM Business School, 2004 – 2012

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Manchester Science Enterprise Centre, UMIST, University of Manchester, 2001 – 2004

Fellow in Small-Medium Sized Enterprise Management,  Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 1994  – 2001



Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Chair of CEDAR (Centre of Entrepreneurial Development, Alliance and Research) at UCLan Cyprus
  • Board Member of Cyprus-UK Business Association, of the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce & Industry
  • Fellow, Family firm Institute
  • Former President of IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy) 200


Research Interests

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Entrepreneurial Finance-Venture Capital; SME – Financial Management; Strategic Financial Development of Entrepreneurial Family Enterprises; Heritage Entrepreneurship, Circular Economics and Entrepreneurial Models


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • MBA: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, UCLan Cyprus
  • Cambridge Executive MBA, Enterprising Families and the Family Office, 2 day module , February 2020
  • MBA Workshops: Company Valuation Toolkit; Strategic Development of Family Firms; Innovation Strategies
  • Course Leader: Financial Management-: VC – Private Equity, KREMS/Vienna Technology University MBA, Austria, 2011-12
  • Company Valuation for VC, Master’s in Management, ESCP Europe-London, September 2009 (2 days)
  • Director: Family Business Academy – Open MBA Exchange Programme, Manchester Business School (1995-2011) ,and CIIM (2005-2012)

Administrative Roles

  • Rector, Chairing Senate
  • Professoriate Member at Research & Innovation Committee
  • Professoriate Member at Academic Standards & Quality Assurance Committee
  • Chair of CEDAR (Centre of Entrepreneurial Development, Alliance and Research) at UCLan Cyprus


Selective Publications

  1. Poutziouris, P., Markou,  D, Glyptis, L, Hadjielias , E,  (2020)  Capital Structure of UK SMEs: An Integrated Understanding  , International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.  (forthcoming)
  2. Mateev, Miroslav, and Panikkos Poutziouris, eds. Creative Business and Social Innovations for a Sustainable Future: Proceedings of the 1st American University in the Emirates International Research Conference—Dubai, UAE 2017. Springer, 2019.
  3. Yong Wang ,  Panikkos Poutziouris, Chris Graves , (2015) “Social capital and competitive advantages of family businesses”, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 21 Issue: 6
  4. Poutziouris, P., Savva, C. S., & Hadjielias, E. (2015). Family involvement and firm performance: Evidence from UK listed firms. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 6(1), 14-32.
  5. Poutziouris and E. Hadjielias (2015) The strategic development of family in businesses-the case of Zorbas & Sons in Global Entrepreneurship: Case Studies of Entrepreneurial Firms Operating around the World, Edited by  James Hayton, Carlo Salvato, Mathew J. Manimala, Routledge Publishers
  6. Hadjielias, E & Poutziouris, P (2015). On the conditions for the cooperative relations between family businesses: The role of trust. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 21 Issue: 6, 867-897
  7. Smyrnios, K. , Poutziouris, P, Goel, S. (editors)  (2013)  Handbook of Research on Family Business II, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers (March 2013)
  8. M Mateev, M., Poutziouris, P.  Ivanov, K. (2013) On the Determinants of SME Capital Structure in Central and Eastern Europe: A Dynamic Panel Analysis, Research in International Business and Finance, Vol. 27, No. 1, 28 – 51
  9. Soufani, K., Poutziouris, P. and Michaelas, N. (2013) “Trade credits: the case of small-medium sized enterprises.Global Business and Economic Review, 15(2-3): 163-180 (DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2013.053067)
  10. Poutziouris, P. (2011). The financial structure and performance of owner-managed family firms: Evidence from the UK economy/Estructura financiera y rentabilidad en empresas familiares gestionadas por la propiedad: evidencias de la economía inglesa. Universia Business Review, (32), 70.
  11. Athanasios Hadjimanolis and Panikkos Poutziouris (2011) Family business background, perceptions of barriers, and entrepreneurial intentions in Cyprus , International  Journal of  Entrepreneurial Venturing, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2011, 168-182
  12. Yong Wang, Panikkos Poutziouris, (2010) Entrepreneurial risk taking: empirical evidence from UK family firms, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Vol. 16 Issue: 5, pp.370 – 388
  13. Yong Wang, Panikkos Poutziouris, (2010) Leadership Styles, Management Systems and Growth: Empirical Evidence From UK Owner-Managed SMEs, Journal of Enterprising Culture, 18, No. 3 (September 2010) 331–354
  14. Justin B Craig, Carole Howorth, Ken Moores, Panikkos Poutziouris (2009),  Family business research at a tipping point threshold , Journal of Management and Organization, Volume 15 , Issue 3 , 282-293
  15. Justin B Craig, Carole Howorth, Ken Moores, Panikkos Poutziouris (2009),  Family business: a research repository  Journal of Management and Organization, Epilogue for the Special Issue on  Family Business : Theory and Practice Volume 15 , Issue 3 , 392-394
  16. Ramona K. Z. Heck, Frank Hoy, Panikkos Z. Poutziouris, Lloyd P. Steier (2008), Emerging Paths of Family Entrepreneurship Research Journal of Small Business Management, 46, 3, pp. 317-330, July 2008.
  17. Soufani, K., Vrontis, D. and Poutziouris, P (2006), “Private Equity for Small Firms: A Conceptual Model of Adaptation versus Standardization  Strategy”, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Volume 3– Issue 3/4, pp 498-515



Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • Hadjielias E, Poutziouris, P and Melas C (2017) Family Business Policy Perspectives, 13th EIASM Family Firm Management Workshop, Bilbao, 22-24 May
  • Poutziouris, Panikkos and Savva Christos (2011) , The effect of family ownership on the performance of UK quoted firms –Hellenic Association of Finance 2011 Conference, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Poutziouris, P and Wang, Yong (2009) Risk taking and family firms, Family Firms Institute Conference –Family Business – Risky Business,  New York , 23-25 September , 2009


Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • SPRING: Successful Planning and Regeneration In family business for New Growth through an innovative training programme, Partners, Research Team Member, €999,874, 2019-2021.
  • GReFORM (Good Governance enhancement through e-Learning for Sport Volunteer Board Members), Primary Investigator, Research Team Member, €400,000, 2018-2021
  • Connecting Universities with Labour Market, Be Connected 2.2, Partners, Research Team Members, €7M project led by University of Cyprus 2016-2023
  • ARTISAN: AspiRing enTrepreneurIal families to perpetuate cultural buSiness Across geNerations, Partners, Scientific/Project Coordinator, €300,000, 2016-2018
  • Consultancy case study report on Inclusive Entrepreneurship, OECD, Scientific/Project Coordinator, €20,000, 2012-2018


Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • Fanos Tekelas, PhD –UCLan UK, SME Strategic Planning in the context of recession (2013-2018)
  • Demetris Markou, PhD –UCLan UK, Growth of Small Unquoted Company Sector (local advisor, since 2015-)
  • Elias Hadjielias, PhD – Lancaster University, Entrepreneurial Learning and Family Businesses (local advisor, 2008-2013)
  • Bilinç Dolmacı, Part-time Professional PhD, of Middlesex University – The Institute for Work Based Learning, Thesis: Stakeholder Action to support the development of Small and Medium size Enterprises in the northern part of Cyprus (local advisor, 2007 – 2010)
  • Sihar Sitorus, DBA, University of Manchester, Manchester Business School; Thesis: The Financial Development of Family and Private Companies (co-supervision with Prof. Chittenden during 2000-2005)
  • Nicos Michaelas, PhD, University of Manchester, Manchester Business School; Thesis: The Capital structure of privately held companies (co-supervision with Prof. Chittenden, during 1996-1998)
  • Terry Banham, Master’s in Business Science by Research, University of Manchester, Manchester Business School; Thesis: Synergies in Family Business Culture and Corporate Strategy: The case of Warburtons (during September 1997 – December 1999)


CPD Training and Consultancy

  • HRDA supported Executive Development Programme (ZOTIKIS), Innovation Toolkit  in cooperation with Cyprus Chambers  ( 2 days) December  since 2019 .
  • HRDA supported Executive Development Programme (ZOTIKIS) : Family Business Succession Toolkit Planning, in cooperation with Cyprus Chambers ( 2 days) since 2010 (Greek and English)
  • Cambridge University –Judge Business School Executive Education : Responsible Family Business and Wealth Ownership, 4 days programme ,8-12 October 2018
  • HRDA supported Executive Development Programme (ZOTIKIS), Family Business Succession Planning Toolkit in cooperation with Cyprus Chambers Cyprus ( 2 days) since May 2018  in Greek
  • UCLan Cyprus: Strategic Planning-Marketing for the University, Executive Development Programme for Russian RANEPA University (7 days), February 2017
  • Cambridge University –Judge Business School Executive Education : Family Business Governance Programmes for ICICI Bank and family business clients, 4 days programme , August 2016
  • Cambridge University –Judge Business School Executive Education : Banking on Family Businesses and Business Families; Wealth Management for Families in Business (1 day ) since 2012
  • UCLan Cyprus HRDA supported Executive Development Programme : Strategic Planning for Growing Owner-Managed Enterprises , ( 2 days ), 2010
  • Family Business Continuity Planning, Future Generation Foundation, Cairo-Egypt. July 2009 ( 2 days )
  • Entrepreneurship Expert – OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development)
  • Family Business Expert – European Commission, Directorate of Enterprise and Industry



  • The FFI 2011 International Award for promoting family business initiatives across the globe
  • The FFI 2004 Barbara Hollander Award for Leadership in promoting the theme of family firms


Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Chair of Awards Committee for Academic Achievements, Family Firm Institute, 2014-2019
  • Guest co-Editor , International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour  and Research, Special Issue on Trust and Social Capital in SMEs and family firms
  • Guest co-editor , Edward Elgar –Handbook of Research in Family Business , published in 2013
  • Member of Editorial Board of the Family Business Review Journal of Small Business Management; Journal of Family Business Strategies (Elsevier),
  • Founding Coordinator of IDEODROMIO
  • Member of the Organizing Committee , Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition of University of Cyprus