Portrait of Professor Thanos Papadopoulos

Professor Thanos Papadopoulos

Professor of Management (Information Systems/Operations Management)
Department Research and Innovation Lead


Thanos Papadopoulos is Professor of Management (Operations Management/Information Systems) and Director of the Technology, Innovation Management, and Enterprise (TIME) Research Centre at Kent Business School. Before, he was the MBA Director (until April 2020). 

He is also Associate Editor for 'International Journal of Operations and Production Management' and 'Benchmarking: an international journal'. 

He has published over 140 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences including:

  • Inter alia, the British Journal of Management, Decision Sciences
  • European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • International Journal of Production Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Production Planning and Control.

Recently Thanos was included among the top 2% researchers in Business Management area in global list of researchers prepared by Stanford University.

Previously, Thanos held appointments as:

  • Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and MBA Director at Sussex School of Business, Management, and Economics, University of Sussex, 
  • Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Hull University Business School
  • Lecturer in Knowledge and Information Systems Management at Southampton Business School. 

Thanos holds a PhD from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. He also holds a Diploma (Dipl-Eng, equivalent to MEng) in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the School of Engineering of Patras University, Greece, and an MSc in Information Systems from the Department of Informatics of the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.

He has been awarded the Best Paper Award in the 2007 International Conference on the Management of Healthcare and Medical Technology. 

He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Industrial Management and Data Systems. 

Research interests

Thanos' research is located within Operations and Information Management, with a focus on: the application of Information Systems and Digital/Emerging Technologies on supply chain management; supply chain design issues and disruptions/relief operations; resilience and sustainability in various contexts.


Operations Management, Information Systems.


Current Supervisees

Past Supervisees

  • Dr Frank Donkor: (Lecturer, Kent Business School, University of Kent).
  • Dr Elena Tavella: (Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen).
  • Dr Bundit Thanasopon: (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information Technology, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand).
  • Dr Daniel Ufua: (Lecturer, Covenant University, Nigeria).
  • Dr Mariana Almeida: (Industry)
  • Dr Syed Tahir Abbas: (Lecturer, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester)


  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Big Data
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Sustainability
  • Resilience
  • Disruptions


Thanos has been an external examiner for PhDs in several UK institutions (e.g. University of Bristol, Newcastle University, Royal Holloway, Brunel University). 

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