Dr Ioannis Thanos

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management


Dr Ioannis Thanos is Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, PhD Director and Dissertation Coordinator for the Department of Entpreneurship, Strategy and Innovation at Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University. He is the winner of the 2016 Lancaster University staff member award of the year (voted by LUMS students) and he was shortlisted for the 2017 Dean's Early Career Teacher award at LUMS (voted by faculty staff). He acts as Associate Editor of the European Management Journal, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and Representative at Large of the Strategy Process interest group of the Strategic Management Society. Previously he was lecturer in Strategic Management and convenor of the MSc in International Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, UK. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business, an MSc in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Warwick, a PhD in Strategic Management from the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Glasgow.

His research interests are in the areas of Strategic Decision Making, Mergers and Acquisitions and Internationalization Processes of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

He has published in several journals including: British Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, International Small Business Journal, International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, European Management Journal, Journal of Strategy and Management, Journal of General Management, five book chapters in edited volumes and books (Handbook of Decision Making, Wiley; Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions, Oxford University Press; Advances in M&As, Emerald; Progress in International Business Research, Emerald, etc.) and has presented more than 20 papers in well-known international conferences including the Academy of Management Conference, the Strategic Management Society Conference, the British Academy of Management Conference, the European Academy of Management Conference, etc and has co-edited a special issue in the European Management Journal.

He has received several nominations and distinctions for his research activities (e.g., nomination for the best conference paper award of the 2010 and 2012 Strategic Management Society conferences, and 2010 EIBA conference) and is the recipient of the 2015 Journal of Strategy and Management best paper award. He has also acted as track and session chair in several international conferences (e.g., Strategic Management Society, Euram, BAM) and has participated as principal researcher and international collaborator in several projects funded by the Greek Ministry of Education, the Athens University of Economics and Business and the UAEU National Research Foundation.

In addition, he has been shortlisted twice for prestigious student teaching awards at the University of Glasgow (2014/2015 and 2013/2014 University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences Best Teacher Award).

Not all Acquirers perform the same, and that matters
Angwin, D.N., Urs, U., Thanos, I., Appadu, N. 12/2017
Conference paper

Looking into the ‘black box’: unlocking the effect of integration on acquisition performance
Teerikangas , S., Thanos, I. 12/08/2017 In: European Management Journal.
Journal article

Strategy Practice Teaching Is Dead: Long Live Strategy Practice Teaching
Angwin, D.N., Sasaki, I., Mikhalkina, T., Friesl, M., Thanos, I., Fahy, K. 2017
Conference paper

Hard, soft or ambidextrous?: which influence style promotes managers' task performance and the role of political skill
Kapoutsis , I., Papalexandris , A., Thanos, I. 20/09/2016 In: The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 30 p.
Journal article

Participation, flexible strategic planning and organizational innovation: an empirical investigation of main and mediating mechanisms
Elbanna, S., Thanos, I., Abdel-Maksoud, A. 17/09/2016
Conference paper

The implications of international entrepreneurial orientation, politicization and hostility upon SME international performance
Thanos, I., Dimitratos , P., Sapouna , P. 25/04/2016 In: International Small Business Journal.
Journal article

Politics in organizations: positive and negative aspects of political behaviour
Kapoutsis , I., Thanos, I. 2016 In: European Management Journal. 34, 3, p. 310-312. 3 p.
Journal article

The relationship of influence tactic ambidexterity and managers’ performance and the boundary role of political skill
Kapoutsis , I., Papalexandris , A., Thanos, I. 2016
Conference paper

The interplay between rationality and intuition in strategic decision processes
Thanos, I., M. Papadakis, V. 2015
Conference paper

The “grabbing hand” or the “helping hand” view of corruption: evidence from bank foreign market entries
Petrou, A., Thanos, I. 07/2014 In: Journal of World Business. 49, 3, p. 444-454. 11 p.
Journal article

The overlooked distinction of multinational enterprise subsidiary learning: its managerial and entrepreneurial learning modes
Dimitratos , P., Plakoyiannaki, E., Thanos, I., Förbom, Y.K. 02/2014 In: International Business Review. 23, 1, p. 102-114. 13 p.
Journal article

An exploratory study of the determinants of the quality of strategic decision implementation in Turkish industrial firms
Elbanna , S., Thanos, I., Colak , M. 2014 In: Journal of General Management. 40, 2, 20 p.
Journal article

The effects of strategic decision making processes on internationalization speed
Thanos, I., Prashantham, S., Petrou, A., Dimitratos , P. 2014
Conference paper

Understanding how the contextual variables influence political behaviour in strategic decision-making
Elbanna , S., Thanos, I., Papadakis , V. 2014 In: Journal of Strategy and Management . 7, 3, p. 226-250. 25 p.
Journal article

The role of political tactics on the organizational context–career success relationship
Kapoutsis , I., Papalexandris , A., Thanos, I., Nikolopoulos , A. 2012 In: The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 23, 9, p. 1908-1929. 22 p.
Journal article

The use of accounting-based measures in measuring M&A performance: a review of five decades of research
Thanos, I., Papadakis , V. 2012 In: Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions. Bingley : Emerald p. 103-120. 18 p. ISBN: 9781780521961. Electronic ISBN: 9781780521978.

Unbundling acquisition performance: how do they perform and how can this be measured?
Thanos, I., Papadakis , V. 2012 In: Handbook of mergers and acquisitions . Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199601462.

The effects of formalisation, hierarchical decentralisation and lateral communication: strategic decision-making processes on SME international performance
Dimitratos , P., Thanos, I., Petrou, A., Papadakis , V. 2011 In: Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm. Emerald p. 51-75. 25 p. ISBN: 9781780521145. Electronic ISBN: 9781780521152.

Measuring the performance of acquisitions: an empirical investigation using multiple criteria
Papadakis , V., Thanos, I. 12/2010 In: British Journal of Management. 21, 4, p. 859-873. 15 p.
Journal article

Mergers and acquisitions in Greece
Thanos, I., Papadakis , V. 2010 In: Handbook of BRFP Research. . Athens : Athens University of Economics and Business

Research on strategic decisions: taking stock and looking ahead
Papadakis , V., Thanos, I., Barwise , P. 2010 In: Handbook of decision making . Chichester : Wiley p. 31-70. 30 p. ISBN: 9781405161350.

Εξαγορές και Συγχωνεύσεις: Η Ελληνική Εμπειρία
Thanos, I. 2009 In: Επιστημονικό Μάρκετινγκ . p. 97-100. 4 p.
Journal article


Quadruple-accredited world-ranked