Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Andreas Giazitzoglu

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, PhD coordinator for Innovation and Enterprise (MOS subject group), Chair of board of examiners (MOS)


Dr Andreas Giazitzoglu. BSc (Hons); MSc (Oxford); PhD (Durham); FHEA.

Academic qualifications 

2003. Master of Science. Awarded by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford (where I matriculated as a member of Hertford College).

January 2007 – January 2010. Doctor of Philosophy. Awarded by the Department of Sociology, University of Durham (where I studied as a member of Hatfield College and passed my PhD’s viva with only minor typing errors to amend).

March 2016. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current Role: Teaching

Since May 2013, I have been a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University’s Business School.

I am module leader for the Critical Perspectives On Business Growth module (Bus 1004). In 2016, 2017 and 2018 I have been nominated for the University's Teaching Excellence Award. Further information about BUS 1004 is available by clicking the ‘teaching’ icon of my profile. 


I have three broad research areas: first, the sociology of entrepreneurship, especially from an identity perspective; second, the sociology of organisations, particularly in relation to lived-experience; third, the sociology of masculinity (following on from my doctoral work, and 'pre-business school' years). My research is generally guided, theoretically, by the sociology of Goffman and Bourdieu, and the methodological principles of ethnography and phenomenology. The overriding theme in my research relates to exclusion and inequality: I consider issues of entrepreneurship, organisational life and masculinity from the perspective of those who potentially face particular barriers, especially as a result of their social-class and sociological structure. How these barriers are transcended, or not, forms the primary basis of my empirical analysis.  

I have published on social mobility among males (Giazitzoglu, 2014 in Sociological Research Online); male unemployment (Giazitzoglu, 2014 in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy); how masculinity and entrepreneurship intersect (Giazitzoglu and Down, 2015 in International Small Business Journal), how fear of failure impacts entrepreneurs (Journal of Business Venturing, 2016) and my experiences of researching working class males ( Giazitzoglu, 2018 and Giazitzoglu and Payne, 2018 in The Qualitative Report). Click on the 'publications' and 'research' icons of my profile for further information. For details of my published work's citation impact, see:

I currently co-supervise two PhD students. I have supervised two PhD students to completion. I am keen to supervise more PhD students, working in my areas of interest.

Academic Administration 

Since 2013 I have acted as PhD coordinator for doctoral research into innovation and entrepreneurship conducted in NUBS' Marketing, Operations and Systems (MOS) subject group. Since 2015, I have been chair of the board of examiners for MOS' undergraduate programs. 

Students: my office hours/contact times are each Wednesday (11 - 1) and Fridays 10 -12 (semester 1) and Mondays 9 - 11 (semester 2). By appointment only; e-mail to arrange a time.


July 2018

It was a pleasure to discuss the relationship between social-class and Professional Service Firms at the annual conference on Professional Service Firms, at Oxford University's Saiid Business School. Thanks to all who listened to my presentation; and those at Worcester College for their first-class hospitality. 

February 2018

I have analysed how self-employment can facilitate a distinctive type of upward mobility experience for self-employed men. This analysis has been published as a chapter in Lawler and Payne's edited book (2017) entitled Social Mobility for the twenty-first century (Routledge). See:

I have written about my experiences of researching white working class men; as a PhD student. This account, entitled Being and Naughtiness: an account of being an ethnographic-insider studying white, working class gym-users, has been accepted by the highly prestigious Qualitative Report (Volume 23, Number 3, March 26, 2018).

January 2018

I am delighted that the following publication has been accepted: Giazitzoglu, A and Payne, G. (2018) A 3-level model of insider ethnography and will be published in the Qualitative Report (Volume 23, Number 5; May 21, 2018);which is ranked in the top quartile for all social science journals. Giazitzoglu and Payne proposes a new model of insider ethnography. 

August 2016

Our work into fear of failure and entrepreneurship features in the London School of Economics' Business Review:

May 2016

It was an honour to present my research to, and engage with, the Commission for Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Westminster, London; on Monday 23rd May.

April 2016.
I'm delighted to announce the following publication:
Cacciottia G, Hayton J, Mitchell R, Giazitzoglu A. (2016) ‘A reconceptualization of fear of failure in entrepreneurship’. Journal of business venturing 31 (3): 302-325. Elveiser. (ABS rank: 4; Impact factor: 3.678).

March 2016:
I have become a fellow of the higher education academy.

2016 Conferences:
I will be presenting at the following upcoming conferences:

* April 29th, 2016 ‘Everyone a Winner? (Being and Becoming Socially Mobile), University of York. Giazitzoglu, A. Presenter on ‘masculinity and upward mobility’.

* March 2nd, 2016. ‘Gender and Class at Work’, organised by the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN), the Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster and the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). University of Birmingham. Giazitzoglu, A. Panelist (on class, masculinity and entrepreneurship)

December 2015:

Giazitzoglu and Down's article (2015) features on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed:

November 2015

Seminar Announcement 

I will be presenting my latest research - on the socialisation of 'backstage workers' in a consultancy firm - at Leeds University Business School, as part of a CERIC seminar. Thanks to the centre for employment relations, innovation and change for hosting me!


October 2015 

Giazitzoglu and Down's (2015) article on 'performing entrepreneurial masculinity' is now available, here:

and has been referred to in various media outlets, including those listed here:

Forbes magazine – 14th September, 2015:

The Chronicle Live – 9th September, 2015:

Enterprise Nation – 8th September 2015:

Cambridge Network – 9th September, 2015:

July 2015

I am delighted to announce that the following publication has been formally accepted, and will be published in due course:

Giazitzoglu, A and Down, S. 'Performing entrepreneurial masculinity: an ethnographic account', International Small Business Journal. (ABS rank: 3, Impact factor: 1.800).


June 2015

I have acquired generous funding through one of NUBS' Research Internships. Thank you NUBS! I look forward to working with my intern (Jessica) this summer, on a project into gender and entrepreneurship.


August 2014

I have acquired generous funding via the Strategy, Organisation and Society research group's internship. Thank you SOS! I look forward to working with my intern (Tom) this summer, on a project into emotions and organisations.


July 2014:

Simon Down and I have co-published a chapter on 'Identity and Entrepreneurship' in The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship. See:

December 2013:

I have recently had two articles accepted after peer-review.

One of these articles considers the upward social mobility of a cohort of men living in the north of England from a qualitative perspective. My work on social mobility is available here:

and is published in Sociological Research Online (impact factor: 0.544): an online journal established in 1998 that is managed by a consortium of the British Sociological Association, SAGE Publications and the Universities of Surrey and Stirling and which qualifies for inclusion in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

My second accepted article - Learning not to labour: a micro analysis of consensual male unemployment - considers the impact consensual unemployment has had upon a pool of males who live in a post-industrial locale. Learning not to labour is published in the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy: an ABS listed journal established in 1981 that qualifies for the RAE. Learning not to labour can be accessed here:


Since 2013 I have been module-leader for the Critical Perspectives on Business Growth module (BUS 1004). Here is an outline of BUS 1004's structure: 
Semester 1: •1) Introduction •2) Entrepreneurship, business start-up and cultural hype•3) Are entrepreneurs born or made? •4) Legitimate and illegitimate business growth  •5) Career Development week•6) Threats to business growth, remedies to threats  •7) Creativity and Business growth •8) Guest Speaker•9) Exam workshop •10) Exam workshop•Christmas•Exam Period
Semester 2: •1) Optional individual feedback session •2) A review of your exam performance/collective feedback session •3) Business growth•4) Organisational socialisation and the pursuit of business growth •5) Human dynamics and business growth •6) Hegemony and business growth •7) Social mobility, enterprise policies and entrepreneurship•8) Exam workshop 1•9) Exam workshop 2 •Then two reading weeks/revision weeks •Final exam