Kostas Galanakis

Kostas Galanakis

Programme Leader

Nottingham Business School


Principal Lecturer, Programme Leader MSc Entrepreneurship

Kostas is Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering, A Manufacturing Systems Engineer by background is Module Leader and Principal Lecturer on the following modules: New Venture Creation & Management; International Value Chains; and Applied Consultancy Projects.

The research activities that Kostas has undertaken recently focus on managing Entrepreneurial and Innovation Process. Especially, the support of young entrepreneurial minds and the alignment of their ideas with the market needs are on his priorities.

Kostas directs research related to international value chains, innovation systems; business model innovation and SMEs collaborative structures. Therefore, he prepares practitioners to continuously improve, change and reinvent businesses aiming to achieve an optimum performance.

Career overview

Kostas was senior research fellow at the Science & Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) for five years before joining NBS. Spearheaded more than €8M in research efforts, orchestrating the engagement and contributions of nearly 100 collaborative national and international organisations as the central point for defining, developing, conducting, and leveraging research objectives. Maintained a strategic focus on bridging the gap between science and business as a noted subject matter expert in the area of incorporating technological advancements into public policy and business development.

In parallel, Kostas established a Business and Technology Consultancy (2004-2009). The consulting operation focused on supporting clients in business and internationalisation strategy, from planning the new business venture to driving operational change programmes (Lean Management), IT automation, and new product/service development initiatives. Coached organisations through the complexities of business start-ups, financing, and growth.

Research areas

Kostas’s research utilise System Dynamics methodology. His research interests include:

  • Innovation systems
  • Enterprise Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product and Service Platforms
  • International Value Chain
  • Business Model Innovation

Recent Projects

STARTENT - Fostering Business-University Partnerships for Entrepreneurship Education in Europe (ENTR/CIP/09): Provided support to young entrepreneurs to start their own ventures and internationalise their activities. Disseminated good practices and ideas to support entrepreneurial activity. Developed case studies and action based activities for enterprise education.

Creative Trainer II (Life long Learning / Leonardo): Produced innovative training material for creativity, innovation and marketing. Trained more than 300 individuals on innovation related themes.

REMPART+ (ENT/ERA/10): Provided support to young entrepreneurs to mobilise and internationalise their activities across Europe.

KBB Trans (Life long Learning / Leonardo): Developed innovative training material for Business Models development and Technology Transfer. Trained more than 200 professionals across Europe.

External activity

  • Institute of Directors (IoD) Member
  • International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Member
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship external advisor for the University of West Macedonia’s Management of Technology Research lab (MATER)
  • External Examiner at Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Marketing Enterprise & Tourism Department
  • Reviewer of research grant applications for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)