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University of Exeter Business School

Dr Stavros Polykarpou

Dr Stavros Polykarpou

Lecturer of Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship




Stavros is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter Business School and Initiative for the Digital Economy (INDEX). His research lies at the intersection of technology, digital innovation, the future of work and organising. He examines the broader question of how to organise for emerging and algorithmic technologies along with associated societal and organisational implications for value in the digital age. More specifically, during his PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School, he examined the organising of the digital innovation of 3D printing, in the healthcare sector. His work was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Methodologically, Stavros employs ethnographic, in-depth qualitative methods to explore these topics and strives to discover and theorise novel, hidden and nuanced processes and practices in these areas of inquiry. In particular, he utilises a practice and process theoretical lens, drawing on the literature of digital innovation, organisation theory, (boundary) work and sociology of occupations, as well as information systems.

Stavros’s research has been published in Information and Organization and Information Systems Research. Both papers are part of the broader programme of research that examines the theme of how organisations create value in the digital age, by implementing digital, algorithmic and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics and ERPs.

His research was awarded the 2020 Organisational Communications and Information Systems (OCIS) Division Best Paper Award, at the Academy of Management Conference (Vancouver, Canada; held virtually), for his ethnographic study of implementing 3D printing in healthcare.

Before joining Exeter Business School, Stavros undertook a bachelor’s degree in management at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) and a research masters (MPhil) in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School. In addition, he worked in advisory with professional services firms, such as PwC and KPMG.

Part of Initiative in the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX)


  • PhD Management Studies (Digital Innovation, Information Systems and Innovation Management)  (The University of Cambridge)
  • MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation (The University of Cambridge)
  • BSc Management (Innovation and Sustainability) (The University of Manchester)


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Research interests

  • Technology and organising
  • Digital innovation
  • IT and healthcare
  • Organisational reputation and legitimacy
  • Practice theory
  • Ethnographic style of investigation

My research draws on process, practice-based approaches and utilizes comparative field and longitudinal ethnographic methods to examine organising for digital innovations at the workplace, as well as value in the digital age.

My recent published work examines complements financial and operational dimensions of IT value, by devising a performative framing perspective on how practitioners’ temporally orientated framing practices matter in justifying and enacting different possibilities for reputational value.

Currently, I examine the scaling of digital innovations within organisations and the role of occupational dynamics in implementing such innovations.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards and Honours

  1. OCIS Division Best Paper Award - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2020
  2. ​Best Paper Proceedings Award - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, OCIS Division, 2020  
  3. Meritorious Mention Paper Award (Junior Submission), by the Special Interest Group on IT in Healthcare of the Association for Information (AIS), for the published paper “Justifying Health IT Investments: A Process Model of Framing Practices and Reputational value,” Information and Organization, 28, 153—169, 2018.
  4. ITC Emerald Best International Symposium Award - 3D Printing and Beyond: Digital Innovation in a Physical World and its Implications (for the paper "3D printing our imagination? Organizing digital innovation in healthcare"), Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2018
  5. Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Reviewing Award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, OMT Division, 2018
  6. Highly Commended Paper Award (for "Pebble in Still Water: How Implementing 3D Printing Reconfigures Boundary Relations"), Organizational Behaviour in Health Care (OBHC) Conference, Montreal, 2018
  7. Scholarship to attend the Organizational Behaviour in Health Care (OBHC) Conference, Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare (SHOC), 2018
  8. PhD Outstanding Teaching Award, Cambridge Judge Business School, 2017 & 2018
  9. Nominee, Most Innovative Research-in-Progress Paper Award (for "Organising for digital innovation: identities in clash"), International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Dublin, 2016
  10. Finalist, Best Paper Award (for "3D printing our imagination? Organising for digital innovation in the healthcare sector"), CJBS Winter Doctoral Conference, Cambridge, 2016
  11. Letter of Commendation for achieving top result at PhD, Cambridge (1st year), 2016
  12. Best Paper Proceedings Award (for "The business value of health IT: towards a multidimensional perspective", co-authored with M. Barrett, E. Oborn, O. Salge and R. Kohli), Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2016
  13. MPhil & PhD Scholarship, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 2014-2018
  14. Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - Top 0.5%, University of Manchester, 2014
  15. Brenda McClellan Prize for an Outstanding Dissertation, University of Manchester, 2014
  16. Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement, Alliance Manchester Business School, 2014
  17. BSc (Hons) Management Programme Prize for Outstanding Academic Performance, University of Manchester, 2013 & 2014

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Stavros's teaching experience includes roles as a teaching assistant and course lecturer for a variety of courses and levels (undergraduate, graduate, MBA), covering the domains of organisational behaviour, business innovation in a digital era and advanced strategy, as well as IS innovation and change.



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