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Department of Management

Dr Andreas Georgiou

Dr Andreas Georgiou

Lecturer in Sustainable Entrepreneurship


 Streatham Court 1.66


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


Andreas Georgiou joined the University of Exeter Business School in February 2023 as a Lecturer in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (E&R). He holds a PhD and a MRes in Management Studies from ESADE Business School, as well as a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business. In 2022, he held a visiting research academic position for 3 months at Oxford Brookes Business School and its Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges.

Andreas currently explores social and sustainable forms of entrepreneurship and organizing, with an emphasis on their emergence, their internal dynamics and their societal and environmental impact. He is also interested in the role of mainstream firms and other organizations towards more developed, sustainable and resilient regions. His research has received funding by the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation (250.000 €) and by the ESADE Foundation (covering PhD tuition fees and living expenses). He has presented his work at several international conferences and has published in leading academic journals, such as Organization Theory and European Management Journal.


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Research interests

  • Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Community-based Enterprises
  • Cooperatives
  • Sustainable Development
  • Business-Community Relationships
  • Institutional Theory

Andreas’ research lies at the intersection of communities, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Using mainly an institutional perspective, Andreas is interested in how hybrid organizations, such as community-based enterprises, cooperatives and social enterprises, balance competing goals, thrive, contribute to community development and resilience, and sustain the engagement of their members and followers. In such endeavors, he puts a lot of emphasis on place and materiality. When it comes to mainstream business, he works on business-community relationships and firms’ role towards more developed, sustainable and resilient regions. Methodologically speaking, Andreas usually follows qualitative methods.

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Journal articles

Georgiou A, Arenas D (2023). Community in Organizational Research: a Review and an Institutional Logics Perspective. Organization Theory, 4(1), 263178772311531-263178772311531. Abstract.
Georgiou A, Murillo D (2023). From strangers to social collectives? Sensemaking and organizing in response to a pandemic. European Management Journal, 41(4), 621-633.
Yter M, Murillo D, Georgiou A (2022). Bounded Solidarity as an Asset for Public Health Care Intervention. Qual Health Res, 32(3), 440-452. Abstract.  Author URL.


Georgiou A (2022). Local Communities as Cultural Entrepreneurs: a Methodological Reflection on the Study of Community-Based Enterprises. In Ratten V (Ed) Cultural Entrepreneurship New Societal Trends, Springer Nature, 85-93. Abstract.

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Andreas’ teaching interests include entrepreneurship, strategy, sustainability management, organization & management theory, business & society and qualitative research methods. His teaching aims to enhance critical and analytical thinking, inspire discussions and meaningful interactions and develop a community of playful learning. He is currently working towards Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy.



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