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Professor Olga Epitropaki

Professor in Management, Deputy Executive Dean (Research)

Professor in Management, Deputy Executive Dean (Research) in the Business School
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Prior to joining Durham University Business School, Olga was Professor of Organizational Behavior at ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College in Greece where she held the "Stavros Costopoulos" Chair in Human Resource Management and Development. She previously worked at Aston University and the Institute of Work Psychology at Sheffield University.

Her research has been published in top refereed journals, such as the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, the Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, among others. For her doctoral thesis, she won the 2001 Jepson School Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Leadership Studies, and she was among the six finalists for the 2000 Newman Best Dissertation Award for the Academy of Management.

She is Senior Associate Editor of the Leadership Quarterly, Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology: Organizational Psychology. She is also a
member of various Editorial Boards.

She has further worked for many years as a consultant and executive trainer for numerous Greek and multinational companies such as AIG, AstraZeneca (Russia), Athens International Airport, Bancpost (Roumania), Boehringer-Ingelheim, EFG-Eurobank, Erste Bank (Slovenia), GlaxoSmithKline, Minerva, Interamerican, ING, National Bank of Greece, National Power Corporation, Novo Nordisk (Dubai), Pepsico, Phillip Morris, Piraeus Bank, Sanofi Aventis, Titan Group, Vodafone, Xerox and others.

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Olga Epitropaki is Deputy Executive Dean (Research) at Durham University Business School. She received her PhD from Cardiff University in 2000. Her research focuses mainly on social cognition and dyadic/group processes related to leadership. She is also interested in creative leadership and the application of arts-based interventions in management education.

Research interests

  • Implicit Leadership Theories (ILTs)
  • Leader-Member Exchanges (LMX)
  • Creative Leadership
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Psychological Contracts
  • Employability
  • Identity


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