Dr Spiros Batas BSc, BSc, MSc by Research, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in International Business

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Spiros Batas

Dr Spiros Batas

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Dr Spiros Batas joined the University of Greenwich in September 2017. He holds his PhD in International Business and Strategy from the University of Edinburgh and was examined by Professor Jan Johanson of Uppsala University. He had previously gained an MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh. He also obtained an MSc by Research in Labour Economics, Human Resource Management and Innovation from the University of Aix-Marseille and CNRS. He also holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Piraeus and a BSc in Business Administration.

Spiros previously worked at the University of Northampton as a Lecturer in Strategy and International Business where he led two courses and acted as a Deputy Programme Leader. Moreover, he has been leading a project initiated by Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) which examines the economic valuation of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site. A report was published and there was a media coverage (e.g. The Times, BBC, amongst others). Spiros also assisted EWH with its organisational restructure.

Responsibilities within the university

Director of the MA/MBA International Business programme


Reviewer for Journal of World Business

Research / Scholarly interests

Spiros's research examines the importance of networks and social capital and how those can facilitate the internationalisation process of SMEs and MNEs. His research interests include:

  • International Business
  • Internationalisation of High Technology Companies
  • Social Capital
  • Networks
  • International New Ventures

Recent publications

Batas, S., Leppäaho, T. and Khalik, M.A. INVs and decoding the three roles of social capital with network closure and structure. In Academy of Management Proceedings, Vol. 2016, No. 1, p. 12200. (2016).

Tran, Y. and Batas, S. (2016) Globalization and the internationalization of start-up firms. In: Arshed, N. and Danson, M. (eds.) Enterprise: Concepts and Issues. Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers, Ch.9Leppäaho, T. and Batas, S. The role of network relationships and social capital in foreign market entries of high tech INVs. In Academy of Management proceedings, Vol. 2015, No. 1, p. 16462. (2015).


Batas, S. and Leppaaho, T. The influence of structural holes and network closure in the internationalization process of rapid internationalizing firms. Paper presented to: Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting 2016, New Orleans, USA, 27-30 June 2016.Batas, S., Leppaaho, T. and Khalik, M. Comprehending the internationalization process of INVs: the role of network closure and structure and their interrelation with the three roles of social capital. Paper presented to: Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting 2016, New Orleans, USA, 27-30 June 2016.