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Aristotelis Alexopoulos

PHD Student

PHD Student in the Business School



A seasoned professional in transition from management to academia, Aristotelis is studying for his PhD at Durham Business School. After 20 years of management career in project management and human resources management he is now studying how growth/ fixed mindsets affect the development of leader identity. Aristotelis holds post-graduate degrees from ALBA Graduate Business School (MBA & MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management), Cardiff Business School (MSc in International Economics, Banking and Finance), and Deree – The American College of Greece (Graduate Certificate in Psychology). He has long applied experience from multicultural working environments in positions like Human Resources Director and Director of Applied Research & Innovation. Aristotelis is the Coordinator of evaluation for the Best Workplaces competition in Greece. His articles regularly appear in printed and electronic news outlets in Greece. Aristotelis research focuses primarily on leadership. He is interested in different aspects of leader identity, with a focus on the process of leader identity emergence and construction. Mindsets theory and the role of mindsets in the leader identity development process is the main area of his PhD research.

Mini Biography

Aristotelis is a PhD student at Durham University Business School (DUBS) and member of the International Center for Leadership and Followership (ICLF) at DUBS. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in executive roles in the fields of project management and human resources management. His main research interests lie in the fields of leadership, leader identity, leader identity development and mindsets.

Research interests

  • Leadership Identity
  • Leader identity
  • Leader identity development Mindsets
  • Implicit Leadership Theories (ILTs)
  • Feedback & Feedback Seeking Behaviors (FSBs)
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