Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Stavros Polykarpou is a Lecturer of Digital Innovation and Information Systems. Before joining RHUL, he held a Lectureship at the University of Exeter Business School (UEBS) and the London-based Initiative for the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX) research centre, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member. He holds an M.Phil. and PhD from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School (CJBS), which he completed through a competitive 1+3 ESRC Studentship Award. He is a Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and holds a PGCert in Academic Practice (PCAP) from the University of Exeter (UoE), where his research-led, transformative teaching practice received a Distinction (D2, UKSPF). He was also awarded the ASPIRE Fellowship (Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-Led Education) from UoE for his dedication and excellence in pedagogical innovation.

His interdisciplinary research programme is at the intersection of management/organisation studies and digital innovation/transformation. He examines the broader themes of organising for emerging and algorithmic technologies, the changing nature of work and performing multiple values in the digital age. Methodologically, he primarily uses qualitative methods, ranging from longitudinal ethnographic to comparative multiple case study research designs. In addition, he is familiar with quantitative, econometric, and algorithmic analyses. His research on implementing 3D Printing in healthcare won the prestigious Organisational Communications and Information Systems (OCIS) Division Best Paper Award (2020) at the 8oth Annual Academy of Management (AoM) Meeting. Stavros has published in leading, top-tier journals such as Information Systems Research, Information and Organization, and recently, using algorithms as co-researchers in the Cambridge Handbook of Qualitative Digital Research

He employs a deep engagement agenda by purposefully entwining challenge-led research activities and teaching practices to generate impact. His expertise includes a range of activities, from translating knowledge to co-creating impact through collaborative relationships with industry and government partners to address grand challenges.

PhD Supervision

Stavros is committed to working closely with PhD students through mentorship leading to impactful research that can make a real difference in the world. Stavros has extensive experience in healthcare, leading digital innovation initiatives in 4 leading NHS Trusts over a decade, such as implementing personalised medicine through 3D-printing labs in-house. He also has led numerous knowledge translation activities with global industry partners. Students exploring any of the below research interests are welcome to discuss PhD supervision: 

Research interests and supervision themes:

  1. Organising for Algorithmic and Emerging Technologies
  2. Digital Innovation and Transformation
  3. IS and healthcare
  4. Future of work
  5. Performativity of Platforms and Ecosystems
  6. Professional and Occupational Expertise
  7. New Forms of Value Creation in the Digital Age (social and societal value, e.g. reputation, legitimacy)
  8. Empirical: Ethnographic style of investigation; comparative case studies; process research; practice-based studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Transformative Pedagogy, Fellow (FHEA), Distinction (UKPSF:D2), Advance HE

1 Oct 20198 Nov 2022

Award Date: 21 Nov 2022

Management Studies, PhD, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201530 Sept 2019

Award Date: 22 May 2021

Innovation, Strategy and Organization, MPhil, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201430 Sept 2015

Award Date: 18 May 2015

Management (Innovation, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship), BSc (Hons), Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

20 Sept 20111 Jun 2014

Award Date: 24 Jun 2014

External positions

Associate / Adjunct Lecturer, University of Exeter Business School

1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024


  • Sociology of science & technology
  • Actor Network Theory
  • Sociomateriality
  • Management studies
  • Innovation Management
  • Digital
  • Leadership
  • technology management
  • Social theory
  • Practice as research
  • Sociology of the Professions
  • Process ontology
  • Medical technology
  • 3D Printing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Electronic Patient Records
  • Health technologies
  • Algorithmic Modelling
  • Personalised Medicine
  • Epistemology

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