Professor Chris Pitelis

Professor Chris Pitelis


Professor Christos Pitelis is the Head of the Department of International Business and Professor of International Business and Sustainable Competitiveness, University of Leeds, Life Fellow, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge-founded Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM), part of a registered Charity that he Chairs. He has served as the inaugural Head (Dean) of Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, Dean of the College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, President of the Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Head of the Strategy and International Management group at Bath University, Director of Studies in the Economics, the Management and Manufacturing Engineering Tripos at Queens’ College, Cambridge and International Expect of the European Commission Networking for Innovation (NETWIN) program on innovation clusters. He is also an Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics, a member of the Cambridge Political Economy Society and the literary executor of the collected papers of Edith Penrose. He has researched and published in books and in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, The Leadership Quarterly, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Business History Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Industrial and Corporate Change, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Regional Studies, and served at the editorial boards of among others Organization Science and Organization Studies. He has presented papers and served as Chair, panelist and/or organizer in leading academic conferences in Economics and business and was invited speaker by academic, international and national organizations and governments, as well as professional and accreditation bodies such as CABS, the AACSB and the EFMD. He has also coordinated projects, taught, consulted, trained and designed policies for international organizations, national governments and regions, NGOs and businesses. He had held visiting and other positions among others at the University of California Berkeley, MIT, University of Athens, China-Europe Management Institute, Copenhagen Business School; University of Nottingham, University of St Andrews, University of St Petersburg, University of Utrecht and University of Technology Sydney.

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Research interests

International Business, foreign direct investment, strategic organization and management, organisational economics, theory of firm, MNE and industry organization, strategic entrepreneurship and HR,  migrant remittances, clusters and ecosystems, international political economy and finance. Public policy, corporate, national and global governance, public-private-polity interactions, corporate social responsibility, sustainable value creation and capture, sustainability fostering industrial, innovation, competition (anti-trust) and competitiveness policies, resource, capabilities, behavioural and institutional theory, strategy and policy, institutional economics, catching-up by transition and emerging economies, theory of state, public and social entrepreneurship.


  • PhD Economics, Warwick University, UK
  • MA Economics, Warwick University, UK
  • PG Diploma, Public and Industrial Economics, University of Newcastle, UK
  • BA, Public Administration, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece

Professional memberships

  • Cambridge Political Economy Society (CPES)
  • Harry Hansen Research Fellowship Trust, registered Charity (Chair)