Sub-theme 67: Learning Networks, Innovation and Educational Institutions [= open sub-theme 1]

Nikolaos Mylonopoulos
ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece
Nikolaos Smyrlakis
Bocconi University, Italy

Call for Papers

The papers in this sub-theme address a series of issues around a shared core on learning and innovation.

Topics as diverse as institutional change in universities, team innovativeness, university spin-offs, learning networks and alliance capability, all take different angles on fundamental questions about how education (especially management education) contributes to the production and support of innovation in society and in the economy. The authors contribute a multitude of perspectives, including social network analysis, strategy, critical theory, institutional theory and others. Though most of the analyses are at the level of the organization, several papers address team or individual levels, while others cast a broader view on inter-organizational networks.

The goal of this sub-theme is to promote a lively debate on contemporary issues, informed by multiple theoretical perspectives.



Nikolaos Mylonopoulos is Associate Professor of Information Systems at ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece. He received his PhD from Warwick Business School. His research focuses on e-business and mobile services, knowledge management, and organizational change. During the 2009–2014 Greek crisis, he led a successful turnaround as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and MBA Academic Director at ALBA. He has taught at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Warwick Business School, Birkbeck College (University of London), Loughborough University Business School and KEDGE Business School (formerly Bordeaux School of Management). His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has co-edited three books (e.g. "Organizations as Knowledge Systems: Knowledge, Learning and Dynamic Capabilities") and co-organized three large international conferences such as OKLC in 2002. He has led international research consortia and has participated in more than 20 National or European research projects.
Nikolaos Smyrlakis is a final year PhD candidate in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. His areas of research include organizational social networks, organizational behavior and leadership. He is currently finalizing his dissertation "Advances in the Antecedents of Organizational Social Networks" under the supervision of Giuseppe Soda from Bocconi University and Ajay Mehra from Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky. Before starting the PhD he was a researcher at the Advanced Concepts Team, the corporate think tank of the European Space Agency, based in the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, after completing his Master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the National Technical University of Athens.