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  • Sotirios Zygiaris, PhD

  • Job Title :

    Assistant Professor

  • College :

    College of Business Administration

  • Department :

    Business Administration

    Management Information Systems

    Human Resource Management

Sotirios Zygiaris field of expertise is ICT, innovation management and business modeling for smart ecosystems. He is a 1986 graduate of Lamar University USA holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with minor in Business Administration. He has a Master’s of Science degree, awarded in 1988 from the same university in USA in the field of Management of Information Systems (MIS). He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from Aristotle University, in 2009 in the analysis of innovation ecosystems. He had valuable Information and Communications Technology experience in the industry working for the petroleum industry in USA for four years from 1986 to 1990.

He was a lecturer for six years at the University of Sheffield, Computer Science Department teaching programming, software engineering and MIS subjects. For the next four years of his career he worked for Business Architects Inco., as a technological change consultant in large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) projects. In 2000 he joined Aristotle’s University Research Committee, up to 2013, as project manager working in forty international research projects under the umbrella of Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit (URENIO). His research projects mainly dealt with technological uptake policies for regional innovation, business cluster formation policies and business intelligence methodologies. He had also worked in curriculum design for a post-graduate degree in Innovation Management.

From the years 2000 up to 2013 he was a Visiting Professor at Executive Post-Graduate School of Athens and University Peloponnese teaching the subject of “Technology and Organizational Change”. From the years 2005 to 2013 he had participated in various European Policy Committees, as a European Union International Expert in DG Regional Policy and DG Enterprise and Industry. As international peer expert had participated in review committees related to technological innovation and entrepreneurship policies. He was also an expert reviewer for smart city policies for the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) of Italy.

In August 2013 he joined Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd University (PMU) as an Assistant Professor in the Management Information Systems Department of the School of Business Administration.

Ph.D. Master, Bachelor

  • Zygiaris S. An Ontological Classification for the Innovation Chain Intelligence (ICI) Slideshow
  • Zygiaris S. Sefertzi E., (2012) “Cost-Cutting Innovative Technologies” Published CIC ISBN: 978-954-8969-89-5
  • Zygiaris S. (2012) “Smart City Reference Model: An Approach to Assist Smart Planners to Conceptualize a City’s Smart Innovation Ecosystem”. Journal of Knowledge Economy. Special issue in smart cities. 2012, Ref.:  Ms. No. JKEC-D-12-00007.
  • Zygiaris S., Angelidou M. (2012), “Urban Planning for Smart Cities: Policy Recommendations For Sustainable Innovation Ecosystems Across The Black Sea Region”. Xenophon paper series.
  • Zygiaris S. (2012) “Lending Dynamism to Innovative Capacity in the Periphery of Europe” The Innovation Journal, Volume 17, Issue 3, 2012.
  • Aaltonen, S, de Tommaso, D, Ielpa, G, Heinze, A, Kalantaridis, C, Vasilieva, E and Zygiaris , S (2010) “Power of the Past and SME competitiveness: a European Study”, ICBS.
  • Ketikidis, P.H,, Zygiaris, S., Zaharis, N., (2010) “Regional Innovation and Competitiveness: Analysis of the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Region”, 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE).
  • Ketikidis, P.H., Miroshnychenko, I. and Zygiaris S. (2010) “A proposed framework of regional innovation system: the case of the Kharkiv region in Eastern Ukraine”, Paper  read at 3rd International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Novi Sad, Serbia, May.
  • Zygiaris S., 2010 "The 3I model: Do metrics count in envisaging regional innovation system failures?", Regional Studies Journal, under review CRES-2009-0418.
  • Zygiaris S., Ketikidis P., 2010 “A Policy Framework for Rapid Regional Innovation Uptake in the Periphery of Europe” 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship ECIE Athens.
  • Ketikidis P., Zygiaris S., 2010, “Global Regional Innovation Strategies Bring a Brighter Future to the Regions in the Periphery of Europe”, European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship ECIE, Athens.
  • Zygiaris S., 2010 “Regional Innovation Policy Asymmetries”, International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD), Novi Sad.
  • Zygiaris S., “Regional Agglomeration of innovation resources” IJIRD,  2010 Volume 2-Issue 2/2 - 2010. (ref. PB6), ISSN (Online): 1753-0679  ISSN (Print): 1753-0660, www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijird.
  • Zygiaris S., “Regional Innovation Systems Failures and Highlights”, RRSA, 2009 Vol.3 Issue 2, ISBN 1843-8250, http://www.rrsa.ro/rjrs/rjrs.swf
  • Ketikidis P. and Zigiaris S., “Τhe impact of innovation to the tertiary education systems” IEEE conference on innovation, 2007.
  • Bakouros G., Komninos N., Zygiaris S., “Innovation in Thessaly”, ISBN 770-256788-6 (Febr. 2003),
  • “Innovation management techniques in regions and production clusters- Business Process Re-engineering BPR”, Gutenberg, 2001 ISBN 6.
  • “Innovation management techniques in regions and production clusters- Logistics Chain Management”, Gutenberg, 2001 ISBN 960-010903-6

Participation in conferences

  • Zygiaris S, Fotios Vouzas, "Organizational Learning, Change and Total Quality Management: Investigating the Link.", International Institute of Academic Research & Publications(IIARP), a visit of Global Empowerment Trust, Bhubaneswar Odisha, India.
  • Xenophon conference “Urban Planning for Smart Cities: policy recommendations for sustainable innovation ecosystems across the black sea region”. Athens, 2011.
  • The EuroMed Research Business Institute Conference, EMRBI conference, “Can the Periphery of Europe Dynamize its Innovative Capacity Overcoming the “Blue Banana” Effect?, Nicosia Cyprus 2010.
  • 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship(ECIE) “A policy framework for rapid regional innovation uptake in the periphery of Europe”, Athens 2010
  • 3rd International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD),  May 2010,  Novi Sad, Serbia S. Zygiaris “Rapid Regional Innovation Development Policy Framework for the Periphery of Europe»
  • 3rd South-Eastern European Workshop for Advancing Incubators Innovative Capacity, Thessaloniki 2009. S. Zygiaris “The MEDI-CUBE Digital Platform for Advancing Incubators Innovative Capacity”
  • 2nd South-Eastern European Workshop for Advancing Incubators Innovative Capacity,  Brindisi, Italy 2007 no. 3. S. Zygiaris “The Analysis of the Regional Innovation Environment for the Archimed Regions”  50-107
  • 2nd International Conference Informatics Education Europe, Thessaloniki 2007 no. 8 .P.H. Ketikidis, S. Zigiaris (2007), “Infusing Business Entrepreneurial knowledge to Computer Science Students”, 68-77.
  • 1st International Workshop for Advancing Incubators Innovative Capacity,  Brindisi, Italy 2006 no. 4. S. Zygiaris “The Business Environment Survey For Central Macedonia Incubators”,  80-97
  • 46th Congress of European Regional Science Association September 2006 – Volos
  • S. Zygiaris “Ph.D Candidate, Research Announcement for the 3I Innovation Analysis Framework”
  • 1st Interregional Workshop Thessaloniki, Supporting Research Intensive SMEs, December 2006, no 2 S. Zygiaris “Showcasing Innovative Greece” 12-26
  • 2nd Panellenic Conference of Innovative Regions Patra, May 2004 no 28 S. Zygiaris “ISTOS – Benchmarking in the tourism sector”
  • 1st Panellenic Conference of Innovative Regions Larisa, September 2003 no 1 S. Zygiaris “Digital research and documentation center”
  • European Commission Expert Workshop on Evaluating Innovation Policies, Leiden Holland, 2003, S. Zygiaris “The 3I analytical framework”
  • 1st International Conference for Technological Innovation of the IRE network, Porto Portugal November 2001, S. Zygiaris, “The Regional Innovation Observatory in Central Macedonia”
  • 6th Panellenic Conference of Information Technology Athens, 1996, December 1997. no. 39 C. Gilis, P.H. Ketikidis, S. Zygiaris, “AISCA Analysis & Implementation of Stock Control Application”, 853-857.
  • 2nd Panellenic Conference of Information Technology Thessaloniki, October  1996, no.14, S. Zygiaris “The role of IT in the re-engineering of public sector”, 112-125.

3rd International Business Information Technology Conference IBIT, Bilbao, Spain, April 1995, Αρ.7. V. Ambrosiadou, S. Zygiaris,”A Hydrid Approach for Controlling Retail Marketing”,79-85.

His research, publications and book editions are related to the development of the appropriate socio-technological conditions in ICT for generating new business models for smart cities, with social and environmental long-term impact in quality of life. In this respect he is leading an active LinkedIn group for Executive Education in Smart Cities.

  • Member of Association of Computer Machinery (ACM).
  • Member of the Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE),.
  • Fellow  of Association of Business and Administrative Computing (ABAC).