Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
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Andromachi Athanasopoulou is an Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, alongside her role at Saïd Business School.
She was previously a research fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her areas of expertise are organisational behaviour, leadership/leadership development and business ethics.
In her research, Andromachi explores how leaders’ behaviour affects and is affected by the social context within which they operate, with emphasis on issues relating to two main areas: personal leadership development and ethical/responsible leadership.
Her doctoral research focused on how managers in large MNEs make sense of the implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, looking into the contextual and processual influences and sensemaking drivers that affect how leaders understand the implementation of CSR and how they respond to it.
Within the context of responsible leadership and business ethics, while at Harvard, Andromachi started a project that explores the differences between managers and business school academics with regards to how they approach moral dilemmas.
Andromachi’s interest in leadership and leadership development research extends beyond ethical decision-making. One stream of her work in that area includes the co-authorship with Professor Sue Dopson of a book on executive coaching and leadership development, which was published in early 2015 by the Oxford University Press. The other stream of Andromachi’s research on leadership development comes from her collaboration with Said Business School faculty on a joint research project with a leading executive search and leadership consulting firm, Heidrick & Struggles. The project explores how CEOs develop the competence to lead in highly uncertain environments.
From the breadth of projects she has been involved, Andromachi has obtained extensive qualitative research experience in a variety of industries, both in the private and the public sector, including the NHS.
Prior to Harvard, Andromachi worked as a Junior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford working for the College’s pioneering Management in Medicine Programme, which was nominated for the 2014 British Medical Journal Award on Clinical Leadership. In addition to the Oxford University Press book, she has published her research in peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Change Management. Andromachi has received an Academy of Management award as an outstanding reviewer and is a regular reviewer at several top peer-reviewed journals in management. She has teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education level and has worked for Said Business School’s executive education programmes (Women Transforming Leadership and the Oxford Scenarios Programme). She is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
During her post-graduate and doctoral studies, Andromachi received several scholarships and awards. As a junior research fellow, she and her colleagues at Green Templeton College received several small grants including one from the Wellcome Trust to allow the funding of educational activities, research seminars and policy papers. She has also participated in grant-funded large-scale research projects led by Said Business School faculty.
Andromachi holds Saïd Business School’s MBA, MSc in Management Research and DPhil in Management Studies. Her undergraduate degree in Business Administration was from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Prior to embarking on her post-graduate studies at Oxford and her academic career, Andromachi worked in banking.
From MBA to business academic: discover more about Andromachi's research and career.
- Organisational behaviour
- Leadership/Leadership development
- Business ethics
- Corporate social responsibility
- Research methods
- Qualitative research (qualitative interviewing; case studies)
In her research, Andromachi explores how leaders’ behaviour affects and is affected by the social context within which they operate.
She places particular emphasis on issues relating to:
- ethical/responsible leadership
- personal leadership development
View Andromachi's research.
Andromachi is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
She has teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education level. Andromachi has worked for Saïd Business School’s Executive Education programmes (Women Transforming Leadership and the Oxford Scenarios Programme). She has also served as an examiner for leadership courses on the MBA programme.
In her teaching she combines class discussion that draws on both management theories and students’ or executives’ own experiences, breakout sessions and case study work in a highly interactive teaching environment.