Business Research Profile

Short Profile

Hellenic American University offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) as well as a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). Students as part of their studies can specialize in industry fields such as Aviation Management, Shipping Management as well as in functional areas within business such as Digital Marketing, People Management, Operations Management, Hospitality Management, and Engineering Management.

The Business undergraduate & graduate programs enable students to acquire a robust theoretical foundation in core Business fields and provides extensive practical learning in a range of industry-standard and emerging managerial best-practices. The University’s key partnerships with companies such as Athens International Airport, General Electric, Novartis, Eurobank, Mondelez and others strengthens the academic and research profile of Business department.

Research Profile

Faculty in business are involved in research projects across a variety of disciplines within business as well as in collaboration with scholars in other disciplines such as applied linguistics and psychology. Finance, Management, Marketing, Strategy, Human Resource Management as well as the Air Transport industry are broad focus areas of expertise and research for our faculty. Research projects are mostly in collaboration with universities in the US, and Europe including Turkey. Current projects include the exploration of English as the global Lingua Franca in business, aviation human factors risk modeling, predictive modeling in airline finance focusing on stock market valuation, comparative monetary policy assessment post-financial crisis, sales and HRM strategic alignment impact upon sustainable competitive advantage, knowledge acquisition and lean management, knowledge sharing and lean management, ambidexterity and crisis with a focus on Greek firms, empowering leadership and ambidexterity, factors impacting scalability in start-ups.

Research Team

Triant Flouris received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining HAUniv, he was Dean for the School of Aviation Sciences at Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH, USA and professor of aviation management. Dr. Flouris has served in various faculty and administrative positions (graduate program director, department chair, as well as research institute director) in universities in New Zealand, US and Canada and has extensive experience in strategic planning and higher education administration. He is the author of eight books, over two hundred refereed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly articles, and public reports. He is a certified professional pilot and flight instructor and holds concurrent appointments as research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University, California, as well as instructor for the International Air Transport Association. At Hellenic American University he is Provost & Chief Academic Officer.

Damianos Giannakis holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He has extensive business experience including 29 years of work in marketing and sales managerial positions. At Hellenic American University, he is a full-time faculty member and teaches in the BSBA and MBA programs.

Evangelia Siachou holds a Ph.D. in the field of Knowledge Management from Athens University of Economics and Business, a M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Athens. Her past work experience settings include the Strategic Planning Department of ATHOC (Olympic Games) as well as in the Human Resource Department of CDE under the aegis of European Commission in Brussels. Her research work has been presented at various conferences including the Strategic Management Society, the European Academy of Management, the European Conference on Knowledge Management. She has several years experience teaching Human Resources and Management courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Additionally, she has specialized in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. She joined the faculty of Hellenic American University in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Management and currently serves as the Director of General Education Program and is Associate Professor of Management.

Leonidas Tzonis holds a Ph.D. from the Newcastle Business School, UK, an M.Sc. in Finance and Investment, a PG Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Durham, and a B.Sc. in Economics and Business Finance from Brunel University. He was a full-time member of the Business School Faculty at Durham University, a visiting lecturer at the Singapore Institute of Management, and a distance learning tutor for SOAS (University of London). As a consultant he works with firms in Greece, Northern Africa and Central Asia. He is a founding member and sits on the Board of Directors of International Educational Consulting Ltd and was co-founder and vice-president of the International University of Libya, the first English-speaking fully accredited higher education institution in the country. Dr. Tzonis is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic American University.

Indicative Publications

Kucuk Yilmaz A., and Flouris, T. (2017). Corporate Risk Management for International Business. Singapore: Springer.

Hsu, C-P., and Flouris T. (2017). “Comparing European Airline Merger Experiences from a Financial Valuation Perspective.” Transportation Research Procedia. 25: pp. 41-50.

Siachou, E. and Gkorezis, P. (2017). Empowering leadership and organizational ambidexterity: A moderated mediation model. Evidence-based HRM: A Global Forum for Empirical Scholarship (In Press).

Siachou, E. and Vlachos, I. (2017). An empirical investigation of workplace factors affecting lean performance. International Journal of Productive and Performance Management (In Press).

Giannakis, D., Tsirigoti, E., and Kotsiras, A. (2017). The effect of Sales and HRM strategic alignment on a sustainable competitive advantage-the significant role of the HR-Business Partner, submitted paper to Journal of Strategic Marketing subject to peer-review.

Siachou, E., and Vlachos, I. (2016). From start-up to scale-up: Attempts to define business scalability and reveal its antecedents. 30th Annual Conference of British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, 6-8 September, Newcastle, UK.

Vlachos, I., and Siachou, E. (2016). Managing upgrade to lean: An empirical investigation of work practices and organizational culture effects. 16th European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, 1-4 June, Paris, France.

Siachou, E., Apostolidis, D., and Bravos, G. (2016). My knowledge – the academic side of corporate knowledge management: The case of my knowledge in Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital Excellence Awards 2015: An anthology of case histories edited by Dan Remenyi.

Hsu, C-P. & Flouris, T. (2016). Comparing European Airline Merger Experiences from a Financial Valuation Perspective. Proceedings, 14th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR), Shanghai, China, 10-15 July 2016.

Hsu, C-P. & Flouris, T. (2016). Merger Announcements and Stock Market Reactions in the Airline Industry: A Comparative Study between US and European Based Airline Mergers. Proceedings, 20th Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) Conference (24-26 June, Rhodes, Greece).

Siachou, E., and Flouris, T. (2015). “Managing the Risky Matter of Business Model Innovation in the Context of the Airline Industry.” International Journal of Aviation Management. 2 (Ύ): pp. 183-194, 2015.

Kucuk Yilmaz, A., Imran, A., and Flouris, T. (2015). “The Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility on Pride in Membership, Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement.” British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade. 9 (4): pp. 1-12, 2015.

Kucuk Yilmaz, A., Jaleel, A., and Flouris, T. (2015). “Managing Corporate Identity Risk as a Strategic Indicator on Organizational Performance.” British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade. 9 (3): pp. 1-21, 2015.

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