Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

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
  • President of the Academy of Information Systems
  • Elected member of the British Academy of Management Council
  • Co-Vice Chair Special Interest Groups British Academy of Management
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
  • Chair of the British Academy of Management Ebusiness & Egovernment SIG & Track Chair


My research interests mainly revolve around electronic business and its various sub-domains and how digital technologies can transform organisations and societies alike. 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 (especially in emarketing and ecommerce). 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. 

Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0799-491X/print

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Savvas_Papagiannidis


Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=FxoU_PIAAAAJ

Research Interests

  • E-business / E-commerce
  • E-marketing / E-retailing
  • E-learning / Higher Education
  • Social/New media & Virtual Worlds
  • Information Systems Management & HCI
  • Adoption, Acceptance and Diffusion of Technologies
  • Digital innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Digital transformation

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 (www.business-and-management.org) and a member of a number of editorial boards (e.g. the advisory board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change).

Research Funding



1. Smart cities in Jordan: A triple helix study
Smart cities opportunities and challenges
Funder: Government of Jordan
Duration: 01/2021 - 12/2021
Budget: £14,990

2. QR Strategic Priorities Fund
Mapping the digital sector in the North East of England using a novel big data / web mining approach
Funder: Research England (Faculty Allocation)
Duration: 01/2021 - 03/2021
Budget: £13,987


3. Arrow: Scientistt

Business Development
Funder: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Duration: 07/2020 - 08/2020
Budget: £3,422

4. Arrow: PlayMaker Solutions
Business development
Funder: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Duration: 06/2020 - 07/2020
Budget: £6,756

5. Data-science workshops
Organise three data-science workshops for doctoral students with QMUL and Coventry University.
Funder: Society for the Advancement of Management Studies & BAM Ebusiness and Egovernment SIG
Duration: 03/2020 - 03/2021
Budget: £5,750

6.  Theory Hub: Creating an online theory resource
Theories are formulated to explain, predict, and understand phenomena and, in many cases, to challenge and extend existing knowledge within the limits of critical bounding assumptions. In social sciences, theories are typically taught as part of modules or utilised in research dissertations. Still despite the opportunities that students have to engage with theories, their exposure is relatively narrow and confined to widely-used theories. Following experiences of teaching/supervision and interaction with PGR and PGT students, this project's aim is to create an online TheoryHub that covers a wide range of theories and act as a starting point for theory exploration in different research and T&L contexts.
People: Prof Savvas Papagiannidis (PI) (£3,450)
Funder: Newcastle University Business School
Duration: 01/2020 - 09/2020
Budget: £3,450


7. Mapping and Facilitating the IoT Ecosystem 
The aim of this project is to extend a national IoT database, study the adoption barriers for IoT growth and support companies in the region by facilitating interactions among them. 
Funder: Research England 
Duration: 06/2019 - 02/2021 
Budget: £54,589

8. Big Data-based Identification and Mapping of Temporal Dynamics of Industrial Clusters. 
This research will develop an evidence based empirical framework for the identification and detection of evolution of industrial clusters over time. 
Funder: Office of National Statistics 
Duration: 04/2019 - 12/2019 
Budget: £4,425

9. Arrow: ActivCare 
Assessing commercial opportunity / market research 
Funder: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 
Duration: 01/2019 - 03/2019 
Budget: £3,238


10. Privacy-Aware Cloud Ecosystems (PACE) 
Many people using cloud computing services often entrust their data and identity without realising that service providers may share the data with other services, such as analytics and advertisers. This is likely to be greatly exacerbated by the expansion of internet-connected devices. This interdisciplinary project aims to address challenges facing the capacity of users to give informed consent to the use, sharing and re-purposing of data through a mobile software ‘container’ that will securely log all access instances, thereby improving transparency, creating an audit trail of providers and facilitating greater trust between users and service providers. The project, involving Cardiff University, Newcastle University and UCL, will develop novel computational methods to better ensure that cloud providers can enhance data privacy and will provide the basis for conforming to recently-introduced General Data Protection Regulation requirements. 
Funder: EPSRC 
Duration: 06/2018 - 06/2021 
Budget: £1,145,552

11. Knowledge Transfer Partnership 
Digitally transforming the company through branding and co-creation 
Funder: Innovate UK 
Duration: 04/2018 - 04/2020 
Budget: £137,099

12. Smart Homes 
Studying acceptance and dissonance in a Smart Home setting 
Funder: Newcastle University Business School 
Duration: 04/2018 - 07/2018 
Budget: £1,250

13. Impact: Creative Fuse Innovation Project: Skills Match 
Brokering of human and social capital 
Funder: Creative Fuse 
Duration: 02/2018 - 06/2018 
Budget: £4,750


14. Teaching Development Grant 2016-19 
An Online Competitive and Collaborative-based Approach for Developing Multi-Disciplinary and Internationalised Learning Experience 
Funder: HKP 
Duration: 09/2017 - 09/2019 
Budget: £60,190


15. North East Fuse 
Map the art business clusters 
Funder: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Duration: 03/2016 - 09/2018 
Budget: £15,407 


16. British Academy of Management E-business and E-government SIG Doctoral/ ECR Workshops 
Organise 5 doctoral and early career research workshops on e-business and e-government 
Funder: Society for the Advancement of Management Studies & Universities 
Duration: 11/2015 - 11/2014 
Budget: £11,500

17. ULTSEC Innovation Fund: Strategic projects 
CrowdSkills online platform 
Funder: Newcastle University 
Duration: 06/2015 - 06/2016 
Budget: £6,060


18. Post-retirement entrepreneurship 
Study the psychological process that determines post-retirement entrepreneurial intention 
Funder: Newcastle University Institute of Social Renewal 
Duration: 12/2014 - 06/2015 
Budget: £1,250

19. Engage CMS 
Create an online engagement platform. 
Funder: Newcastle University Enterprise Activity Support Fund 
Duration: 03/2014 - 07/2014 
Budget: £25,000

20. Enhancing the online brand experience 
Research Fund application. 
Funder: Newcastle University Business School 
Duration: 03/2014 - 06/2014 
Budget: £1,000


21. Research Internships 
The user of space by a social enterprise / Social media and engagement 
Funder: Newcastle University Business School 
Duration: 06/2013 - 08/2013 
Budget: £3,000

22. Research and Engagement Projects on Social Renewal 
5 projects funded on research and engagement related to Social Renewal 
Funder: Newcastle University Institute of Social Renewal 
Duration: 06/2013 - 07/2013 
Budget: £4,350


23. Research Internships 
Web Site Change: Studying the diffusion of Internet technologies 
Funder: Newcastle University Business School 
Duration: 04/2012 - 07/2012 
Budget: £3,000


24. Virtual reality experiment 
Study experimentally 3D product authenticity 
Funder: Newcastle University 
Duration: 09/2010 - 08/2011 
Budget: £3,000

25. T&L: Teaching and Innovation Fund Award 
Online research methods module 
Funder: Newcastle University 
Duration: 04/2010 - 02/2011 
Budget: £4,500


26. T&L: Teaching and Innovation Fund Award 
Delivery of online taster courses 
Funder: Newcastle University 
Duration: 10/2009 - 04/2009 
Budget: £5,000

27. Business Voucher Scheme 
To improve the online presence and services of a local SME. 
Funder: Newcastle University 
Duration: 10/2009 - 01/2010 
Budget: £4,000


28. Research Fellowship 
Online video services 
Funder: BT
Duration: 11/2008 - 02/2009 
Budget: £4,500


29. T&L: HASS Faculty Teaching Fellowship 
Develop a management information system to facilitate institutional assessment strategies. 
Funder: Newcastle University 
Duration: 10/2006 - 03/2007 
Budget: £12,000

30. Engagement: Online platform 
Working with BAM Council and BAM Executive to specify, design, develop and implement an online resource portal for the British Academy of Management. 
Funder: British Academy of Management 
Duration: 03/2006 - 09/2006 
Budget: £15,000


31. Knowledge Transfer Partnership 
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. 
Funder: DTI, ESRC 
Duration: 06/2005 - 06/2007 
Budget: £99,044


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.