Bio of Prof. Dimitris Assimakopoulos

Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos is a Professor in Technology & Innovation Management with a senior faculty experience of 20+ years, in both Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM 2001-2016) and EM-Lyon Business School (EML 2016-2021). Dimitris also serves as the EDAMBA.EU President-elect (2013-current) and on the EFMD European Quality Link (EQUAL) Board. Prior to joining EML as a professor and founding director of its Global DBA, he worked as a professor, associate dean for research, and DBA director at GEM. He has been educated in civil engineering, architecture, town & regional planning, and economic sociology in France (Grenoble, HDR in Economics), the UK (Sheffield, Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning), and the USA (Stanford University, part of his postdoc funded by the ESRC in the UK, he spent it in the economic Sociology group, sponsored by Professor Mark Granovetter).

Dimitris has been the recipient of two prestigious EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie grants as principal investigator and academic supervisor for the management of emerging technologies for socio-economic impact initial training network (2010-2015), and doctoral (early stage) researcher (1992-1994). More recently, he served as a member of the AACSB European Advisory Council (2019-2021); and as an adviser to the OECD, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Cities, and Regions (2019-2021).

Assimakopoulos has also a long-standing engagement with the EIASM for leading both junior faculty (doctoral supervision) development workshops (2008-current at ESADE Business School) and as the Founding Chair and Faculty of an EDEN Doctoral-level seminar on Social Network Analysis: theory and methods with prominent colleagues from Bocconi University, UC London, and MIT Sloan. He has also been a visiting scholar twice at Stanford University (USA), as well as a visiting Professor at several Universities in the UK (Durham, Newcastle), Finland (Vaasa), and China (Tongji, Tsinghua, Sun Yat-Sen). Research has focused on responsible innovation, the management of social networks in R&D collaboration, and the origins, and evolution of technological communities in emerging knowledge-based regional clusters, and virtual and industrial ecosystems in the EU, USA, and China, among others. He has supervised to successful completion of 20 Ph.D. and DBA dissertations contributing to both faculty development and innovation policy and technology management practice.

Dimitris has also led and/or participated in several multi-million euros EU projects with world-class organizations, such as Airbus, Bayer, CERN, Intel, STMicroelectronics, and Tencent. He has published 10 books (the last one by Springer on Responsible Product Innovation) and special issues (the last one on communities, networks, and ecosystems in R&D) in peer review journals, including 140 publications, and articles in scholarly and professional journals, such as Computers & Operations Research, Environment & Planning B, Intl. J. of Information Management, Intl. J. of Production Economics, Intl. J. of Technology Management, Intl. Small Business J., Organizational Dynamics, R&D Management, Regional Studies, Science and Public Policy, and MIT Sloan Management Review.