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Nektarios (Aris) Oraiopoulos

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Nektarios Oraiopoulos

University Lecturer in Operations Management
Director of the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations Programme

PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology), BEng (National Technical University of Athens)

Research interests

Project management and new product development processes with an emphasis on information aggregation in group decision making; technology and R&D management, particularly from the perspective of learning through collaborative agreements and joint development.

Subject group: Operations & Technology Management

Awards & honours

  • Winner, Best Working Paper Award (for the paper "Project selection and success: insights from the drug development process" (with P. Markou and S. Kavadias), INFORMS TIMES, 2018
  • 2nd Prize, POMS PITM College Best Student Paper (Jochen Schlapp), 2015
  • 3rd Prize, Best-Paper-Award Innovation Management, for the paper "Resource allocation decisions under imperfect evaluation and organizational dynamics" (with Jochen Schlapp and Vincent Mak), Strascheg Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIIE), EBS Business School, 2015
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2014
  • NATO Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, 2006-2007

Selected publications

Neuberger, A., Oraiopoulos, N. and Drakeman, D.L. (2018) "Renovation as innovation: is repurposing the future of drug discovery research?" Drug Discovery Today (DOI: 10.1016/j.drudis.2018.06.012) (published online Jun 2018; forthcoming in print)

Oraiopoulos, N. and Dunlop, W.C.N. (2017) "When science is not enough: a framework towards more customer-focused drug development." Advances in Therapy, 34(7): 1572–1583 (DOI: 10.1007/s12325-017-0567-y)

Neuberger, A., Oraiopoulos, N. and Drakeman, D.L. (2017) "Lemons, or squeezed for resources? Information symmetry and asymmetric resources in biotechnology." Frontiers in Pharmacology, 8: 338 (DOI: 10.3389/fphar.2017.00338)

Schlapp, J.N., Oraiopoulos, N.and Mak, V. (2015) "Resource allocation decisions under imperfect evaluation and organizational dynamics." Management Science (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2014.2083) (published online Jan 2015; forthcoming in print)

Oraiopoulos, N. and Kavadias, S. (2014) "The path dependent nature of R&D search: implications for (and from) competition." Production and Operations Management, 23(8): 1450-1461 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12198)

Oraiopoulos, N., Ferguson, M.E. and Toktay, L.B. (2012) "Relicensing as a secondary market strategy." Management Science, 58(5): 1022-1037 (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.1110.1456)

Pharmaceutical pipeline

Study on drug industry project selection by Dr Panos Markou, Professor Stelios Kavadias and Dr Nektarios Oraiopoulos of Cambridge Judge Business School …

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Limits of drug repurposing

Drug ‘repurposing’ has some high-profile wins, but a new study at Cambridge Judge Business School shows how hard it is to find …

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Leading strategic projects successfully: emerging insights

How do business leaders deal with the challenges around uncertainty, transformation, risk, complexity and challenging stakeholders? These are just some of the …

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Inhibiting innovation

Dr Nektarios Oraiopoulos, University Lecturer in Operations Management at Cambridge Judge Business School, on how the organisational structures of large companies inhibit innovation, …

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A framework for drug development

‘Science is not enough’ for ensuring commercial success of new drugs, so a new journal article co-authored by Dr Nektarios (Aris) Oraiopoulos …

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Information is power. Here’s what to do to get your team to share information better.

Are you happy to share information with your colleagues? And do they share their valuable information with you? A number of companies …

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Manufacturing Chemist: Limits of drug repurposing

New research co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business School looks at drug repurposing and found that it’s not easy to find entirely new …

Read more How to get teams to share information

Withholding key information within organisational silos might happen more often than we might like to admit. Now a new study suggests how …

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Contact details

Nektarios Oraiopoulos
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339648