Savvas is a graduate of Newcastle University's Physics Department, where he studied for a BSc Honours and a PhD in Theoretical Physics. He has also completed a second Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), a Masters in Education (Practitioner Enquiry), a Masters in International Studies and a PG Certificate in Academic Practice.
His research interests mainly revolve around electronic business and its various sub-domains and high tech entrepreneurship. More specifically, his research aims to inform our understanding of how e-business technologies affect the social and business environment, organisational strategies and business models, and how these are implemented in terms of functional innovations. His work puts strong emphasis on innovation, new value creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities, within the context of different industries. Apart from the impact that the Internet and related technologies can have on businesses, he is also very much interested in the impact such technologies can have on individual users.
Among his editorial and reviewing activities, he is an Associate Editor for Technological Forecasting and Social Change and one of the founding editor of the International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management (www.business-and-management.org).
He has started and worked for a number of e-business ventures. In April 2004 he won the ‘Overall Viability Business Award’ and was a runner up in the ‘Science and Technology’ category in the Enterprise Challenge Awards organised by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Also, in October 2004, one of the projects he was a leading programmer for was a finalist at the 2004 eCommerce Awards, organised by the DTI.
- E-business / E-commerce
- E-marketing / E-retailing
- E-learning / Higher Education
- Social/New media & Virtual Worlds
- Information Systems Management & HCI
- Adoption, Acceptance and Diffusion of Technologies
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Research Tag Cloud
- Member of the British Academy of Management
- Member of the Academy of Marketing
- Member of the UK Academy of Information Systems (UKAIS)
- Member of Institute of Physics (MInstP)
- Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Elected member of the British Academy of Management Council
- Chair of the British Academy of Management Ebusiness & Egovernment SIG & Track Chair
- Member of the UKAIS Board
- Head of the Marketing, Operations and Systems Subject Group
- Head of the Innovation and Enterpreneurship and Ebusiness Group
- Research Group Leader for Innovation Systems
- Degree Programme Director of MSc Ebusiness (Emarketing and IS)
- Member of the Alumni Consultative Group and vice-chairman of the NE NUBS Alumni Branch
- Supervisor of UG/PG dissertations
Teaching Philosophy Statement
My aim as teacher is to promote a learner-cantered environment that promotes self-sufficient learners. I see teaching as more than just the road to knowledge and understanding. I see teaching as the vehicle to appreciation of one's ability to think for one's self. The vehicle is not a mechanistic transmission and reception of factual information. It is an adventure, full of discoveries and countless opportunities for exploration. At the same time, it is a continuous re-evaluation of one's norms and paradigms.
Self-sufficient learners are effectively life-long learners, who are well-equipped to go through the long journey of life constantly expanding their horizons. It is not though the destination that matters, but the journey itself. The destination, i.e. knowledge, is waiting patiently to reward the travellers for their courage to embark on the journey, even if, by the time they reach it, they have been rewarded by the countless experiences gained and skills acquired. The riches of knowledge were what the learners sought after and every moment and every step made them wealthier. The sheer excitement of the discoveries though along their path and the passion for pushing their limits further will keep their spirits high and see them through the journey.
But the journey is not without pitfalls. Learners have to constantly monitor and evaluate the journey's direction, if they are to stay on course. For me, knowing what you know is equally important to the knowledge itself, which is why I put a lot of effort in assessing my students in the most effective way. Most importantly, I strive to help them achieve this for themselves. The moment learners can evaluate their selves properly and adequately, that very moment they will be discovering a new source of internal motivation. Knowing you can improve yourself fuels your willingness to address any gaps and shortcomings and correct your journey's course.