Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Savvas Papagiannidis

David Goldman Prof of Innovation & Enterprise


  • Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in E-business
  • PhD Theoretical Physics
  • MEd Practitioner Enquiry
  • MA International Studies
  • PG Certificate In Academic Practice
  • BSc Hons Theoretical Physics
  • Member of the British Academy of Management 
  • Member of the Academy of Marketing (MAM)
  • Member of Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • Member of the UK Academy of Information Systems (UKAIS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Current Roles
  • Elected member of the British Academy of Management Council
  • Chair of the British Academy of Management Ebusiness & Egovernment SIG & Track Chair
  • Member of the UKAIS Board
Past roles
  • Head of the Marketing, Operations and Systems Subject Group
  • Head of the Innovation and Enterpreneurship and Ebusiness Group
  • Research Group Leader for Innovation Systems
  • Degree Programme Director of MSc Ebusiness (Emarketing and IS)
  • Member of the Alumni Consultative Group and vice-chairman of the NE NUBS Alumni Branch


My research interests mainly revolve around electronic business and its various sub-domains and high tech entrepreneurship. More specifically, my research aims to inform our understanding of how e-business technologies affect the social and business environment, organisational strategies and business models, and how these are implemented in terms of functional innovations. My work puts strong emphasis on innovation, new value creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities, within the context of different industries. Apart from the impact that the Internet and related technologies can have on businesses, I am also very much interested in the impact such technologies can have on individual users. 

I am currently working on a number of e-related papers (e.g. on virtual worlds, political marketing and mobile video). A few of my publications may be also available in the e-print section of University's main web site. 



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Research Interests

  • E-business 
  • E-commerce 
  • E-marketing 
  • E-learning & Higher Education 
  • ICT Innovation, Adoption and Acceptance
  • Social / New Media 
  • Virtual worlds / metaverses  
  • Internet and other emerging technologies

Postgraduate Supervision

Apart from postgraduate dissertation supervision, I am supervising a number of doctoral students.

Editorial Boards Participation

I am one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Business Science & Applied Management ( and a member of a number of editorial boards (e.g. the advisory board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change).

Research Funding

  1.  Innovate UK: KTP Royston Project: To develop an enhanced e-marketing ability, driven by an understanding and use of data analytics, to incorporate co-branding and co-creation. Duration: 03/2018–03/2020 Funding: £173,500
  2. Creative Fuse Project: Creative Fuse Innovation Project: Skills Match Dates: 02/2018 – 06/2018 Funding: £4,750
  3. Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC): North East Fuse Project: Map the art business clusters Duration: 03/2016 – 09/2018 Funding:  £2,900 (for the sub-project I worked on).
  4. Newcastle University Institute of Social Renewal Project: Psychological process that determines post-retirement entrepreneurial intention Duration: 12/2014–06/2015 Funding: £1,250
  5. British Academy of Management E-business and E-government SIG Doctoral/ ECR Workshops Project: Organise 5 doctoral and early career research workshops on e-business and e-government. Duration: 11/2014–11/2015 Total Funding: £11,500
  6. Newcastle University Business School Research Fund  Project: Enhancing the online brand experience Duration: 03/2014 – 06/2014 Funding: £1,000
  7. Newcastle University Enterprise Activity Support Fund Project name: Engage CMS Duration: 03/2014 – 07/2014 Funding: £25,000
  8. Newcastle University Research Internships Project: The use of space by a social enterprise / Social media and engagement Duration:06/2013 – 08/2013 Funding: £3,000 
  9. Newcastle University Institute of Social Renewal
    5 x Research and Engagement Projects on Social Renewal Duration:06/2013 – 07/2013 Funding: £4,350 
  10. Newcastle University Research Internships Project: Web Site Change: Studying the diffusion of Internet technologies Duration:04/2012 – 07/2012 Funding: £3,000 
  11. Newcastle University REF Fund & Business School Project: Studying 3D product authenticity Duration: 09/2010 – 08/2011 Funding: £3,000 
  12. Newcastle University Teaching and Innovation Fund Award Project: Delivery of online taster courses Duration:04/2010 – 02/2011 Funding: £4,500 
  13. Newcastle University Business Voucher Scheme Project: To improve the online presence and services of a local SME. Duration: 12/2009-01/2010 Funding: £4,000 
  14. Newcastle University Teaching and Innovation Fund Award Project: Delivery of online taster courses Duration: 04/2009 – 10/2009 Funding: £5,000 
  15. British Telecoms Research Fellowship Duration: 11/2008-02/2009 Topic: Online video services 
  16. KTP: Developing and Implementing an E-Business System in Peacocks Medical Group  Project jointly funded by the DTI, ESRC and Peacocks Medical Group under the Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP). To map and re-engineer the company's key business processes and put in place the supporting IT and e-business systems in order to improve competitiveness and customer services and reduce costs and lead-time. Duration 2005-2007 Funding £99,044 
  17. Development and Implementation of the Online Resource Portal for British Academy of Management. Funding £17,625 Working with BAM Council and BAM Executive to specify, design, develop and implement an online resource portal for the British Academy of Management. 
  18. Newcastle University  HASS Faculty Teaching Fellowship Develop a management information system to facilitate institutional assessment strategies. Duration: 2006-2007 Funding £12,000


Teaching & Curriculum Development

Following my research, most of the modules I have taught relate to e-business and information systems (e.g. E-business and Business Systems). I have also taught on generic modules, such as Research Methods and Consultancy Projects. I supervise students' research work at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

For many years I was the Degree Programme Director and responsible for the promotion and admission of the multidisciplinary MSc in Ebusiness (Emarketing and Information Systems). 

Pedagogical Research & Teaching Innovation

I am very enthusiastic about my teaching and over the past few years I have worked hard to improve not only my own practice (e.g. I completed an MEd in Practitioner Enquiry and a PG Certificate in Academic Practice), but also to positively influence that of my colleagues. For example, I held a Newcastle University HASS Teaching Fellowship, which examined student assessment patterns across the University using a web application. I also completed two Innovation in Teaching and Learning Projects related to e-learning. Findings from my teaching and learning focused projects have been published in journals such as Studies in Higher Education and the International Journal of Management Education. Moreover, I have been nominated for Newcastle University’s Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award. 

Teaching Philosophy Statement

My aim as teacher is to promote a learner-cantered environment that promotes self-sufficient learners. I see teaching as more than just the road to knowledge and understanding. I see teaching as the vehicle to appreciation of one's ability to think for one's self. The vehicle is not a mechanistic transmission and reception of factual information. It is an adventure, full of discoveries and countless opportunities for exploration. At the same time, it is a continuous re-evaluation of one's norms and paradigms. Self-sufficient learners are effectively life-long learners, who are well-equipped to go through the long journey of life constantly expanding their horizons. It is not though the destination that matters, but the journey itself. The destination, i.e. knowledge, is waiting patiently to reward the travellers for their courage to embark on the journey, even if, by the time they reach it, they have been rewarded by the countless experiences gained and skills acquired. The riches of knowledge were what the learners sought after and every moment and every step made them wealthier. The sheer excitement of the discoveries though along their path and the passion for pushing their limits further will keep their spirits high and see them through the journey.