Andromachi Athanasopoulou is Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and the Head of the People & Organisations Department at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. She is also an Associate Fellow – Executive Education at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She has previously held academic appointments as Visiting Associate Professor at the London Business School, as Residential Research Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (Harvard Law School) and as Junior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Andromachi has expertise in leadership / leadership development (particularly on issues relating to gender and the C-suite) including executive coaching as well as business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Andromachi has published several articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and a book with the Oxford University Press. Andromachi’s and her co-authors’ work has been presented at the World Economic Forum and has appeared in global media such as CNN, BBC World and the Financial Times. Andromachi has extensive experience teaching in various areas of organisational behaviour and management at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education levels. She holds an MBA, an MSc in Management Research and a Doctorate (DPhil) in Management Studies, all from the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford. She previously worked in banking. Andromachi is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK.
What inspires you?
Reading rigorous research, sharing research insights with other scholars and with practitioners, having insightful discussions with students and executives on interesting leadership development questions and finally, having the opportunity to coach high-potential individuals. Also, more generally, I find that art and reading classic literature inspire me to be more reflective and this helps in my academic work, too.
What relationship has been most influential in your life?
I have had a few great mentors in my career who all have played a role in my development so far. However, the person I consider as the biggest influence in my life is my father who has been a role model for me for his integrity and excellent character as well as for his academic and professional achievements.
What’s on your bookshelf?
The New Leaders : Transforming the Art of Leadership, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee
“Provisional Selves: Experimenting with Image and Identity in Professional Adaptation” (article), Herminia Ibarra
“Taking Gender Into Account: Theory and Design for Women’s Leadership Development Programs” (article), Robin J. Ely, Herminia Ibarra & Deborah M. Kolb