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Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias

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Stylianos Kavadias

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth
Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre

Diploma (National Technical University of Athens), MSc, PhD (INSEAD)

Research interests

The effectiveness of new product development (NPD) decisions with a particular focus on the decisions that concern: (i) the strategy implementation through the appropriate resource allocation rules and the definition of the "right" portfolio of new projects and products; (ii) the R&D ideation, search and experimentation process both at a firm level and the project team level; (iii) the effects of the organisational design and the associated incentive schemes on the product development outcome. At a broader level, seeking to understand the challenges that arise during the planning and execution phases of the innovation process, always with an operational/managerial perspective.

Subject group: Operations & Technology Management

Professional experience

Professor Kavadias serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science's Entrepreneurship and Innovation department, and as the Department Editor for the R&D, New Product Development and Project Management department of Production and Operations Management. At Georgia Tech's Huang Executive Education Center he regularly contributed to open enrolment and custom executive programmes on innovation and project management, and was the Academic Director of their GE Energy PLMP programme. He has authored several case studies through close collaboration with major firms across multiple industries.

Previous appointments

Professor Kavadias was the Steven A. Denning Professor of Technology & Management, as well as an Associate Professor of Operations Management, at the College of Management at Georgia Tech. He has also been a Batten Fellow at the Batten Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Darden School of Business.

Awards & honours

  • Professor of the Year, EMBA Management of Technology, 2012
  • Meritorious Service Award, Management Science, 2009
  • Brady Family Award in Research Excellence, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • 1st Prize for the "Dragonfly" case, ECCH, Best Case Study Award, 2003
  • 2nd Prize, George B. Dantzig Award, 2001

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Pharmaceutical pipeline

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Globalisation (The Cambridge Judge Business Debate podcast series)

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The complexities of innovation

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Growth: from strategy to execution… but how?

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The growth trap

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Entrepreneurship experts

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Best practices in innovation

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Friday out of the Box: Directors: this is how you select the best innovative ideas

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Belfast Telegraph: Prince Andrew hails the success of his Pitch@Palace entrepreneurs

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News Wise: Use strategic buckets: How to succeed at innovation

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Management Today: Funding growth

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The Telegraph: MPs to debate the best way to aid high-flying ‘gazelle’ firms

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Eco Business: Uberising the global goals: breakthrough business models hold the key

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ITV Anglia News: Weetabix to invest £30m in UK manufacturing sites

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SME for Growth: How to execute your growth strategy

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Innovation goes far beyond technology

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SME for Growth: The growth quest through scalable processes

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Six elements feature in business transformation

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SME for Growth: In order to grow, you have to let go

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Harvard Business Review: The transformative business models

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Cambridge TV: Professor Stelios Kavadias – SMEs

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Fighting the ‘scale-up’ problem for British entrepreneurs

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Contact details

Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 766507

s.kavadias@jbs.cam.ac.uk