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  • Sotirios Zygiaris, PhD

  • Job Title :

    Dean of College of Business Administration (COBA)

  • College :

    College of Business Administration

  • Department :

    Accounting & Finance

    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. He was the Chair of Business Administration Department from 2018 to 2021. Currently he is serving as the Dean of The College of Business Administration at PMU.

Ph.D. Master, Bachelor


Database Management Systems: A Business-Oriented Approach Using ORACLE, MySQL and MS Access Hardcover – 2018, Publisher: Emerald Publishing (August 23, 2018) ISBN-10: 178756696X, UK

ECommerce Marketing Management, Edition PMU Press (December 2021). ISBN 978-60391554-2-3.



  • ·  Al-Imamy S., Zygiaris S. (2022). Innovative Students’ Academic Advising for Optimum Courses’ Selection and Scheduling Assistant: A Blockchain Based Use Case. Education and Information Technologies, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-021-10844-1. (Q1-Scopus)
  • ·     Zygiaris S., Maamari B., (2022). The Journey from eGovernment to Digital Transformation: The case of Saudi Arabia. Electronic Government an International Journal 1(1):1. https://doi.org/10.1504/EG.2022.10041875 (Q2-Scopus)
  • ·     Zygiaris S. (2021). “The Impact of Innovation Systems on E-commerce Capacity”, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 1-14, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13132-021-00724-x. (Q2-Scopus)
  • ·     Zaman T, Viragos A, Zygiaris S,  (2020) “One Frame at a Time: The Dynamics of a Change Project, End-Users and Digitally Transformed NHS”, Academy of Management Proceedings, vol 1., https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2020.19673abstract
  • ·     Vouzas F, Zygiaris S, (2020), “Organizational learning, change and total quality management: Investigating the link”, International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, vol. 1, http://icqem.dps.uminho.pt/icqem20_proceedingsbook.pdf
  • ·     Zygiaris S. (2018) “Innovation Chain Intelligence” International Journal of Management Technology IJMT Vol.4, No 2, pp. 13-21, United Kingdom.
  • ·     Zygiaris S. (2015) “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. (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.
  • ·     Zygiaris S., “Regional Agglomeration of innovation resources” IJIRD,  2010 Volume 2-Issue 2/2 - 2010. (ref. PB6), 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.  


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).