Alexandra Kontolaimou
Alexandra Kontolaimou
Research Fellow

Information

Business Economics
Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Firm Dynamics, Economics of Banking
- E-commerce and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Greece
- Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries in Greece
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Western Greece

Contact Info

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Amerikis 11, Athens 106 72
210-3676 367
210-3630122, 210-3611136

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Patras, Greece (2010)
  • MSc in International Economics (with merit), Department of Economics, University of Essex, Department of Economics, University of Essex, UK (2004)
  • Bachelor’s (Ptychion) in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Patras, Greece (2002)

Scholarships & Awards

  • State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for the academic year 1998-99  (admission 1998, 1st rank and award)
  • George and Angeliki Skouras Foundation for the academic year 1999-00 (award for excelent performance)

Professional Experience

  • Research Fellow in Business Economics, Centre for Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), Athens, Greece (since Aug. 2014)
  • Research Fellow, National Technical University of Athens, Laboratory of  Industrial and Energy Economics, Athens, Greece (Jul. 2013 – Jul. 2014)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Patras, Department of Economics, Patras, Greece (Feb. 2010 –  Jun. 2013)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Patras, Department of Economics, Patras, Greece (acad. year 2012-13)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Central Greece, Department of Regional Economic Development, Levadia, Greece  (acad. years 2010-11 and 2011-12)
  • Scientific Collaborator, Technological Educational Institute of Patras (Higher Education Institution), School of Management and Economy and School of Sciences of Health & Care (acad. years 2010-11 and 2011-12)
  • Laboratory Collaborator, Technological Educational Institute of Kalamata (Higher Education Institution), School of Management and Economy,  Kalamata, Greece (acad. years 2006-07 and 2007-08)

Publications & Research Output

Published Papers in Peer-reviewed Journals

  • "Strategic Pathways to ICT adoption in SMEs: Evidence from Greece" (2019). International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, forthcoming (Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos, E. Korra & A. Tsakanikas).
  • "The issue of fixed book pricing: Evidence based on the Greek experience" (2019). Cyprus Economic Policy Review, forthcoming (Co-authored with P. Prodromidis, I. Konstantakopoulou).
  • “What drives ICT adoption by SMEs? Evidence from a large-scale survey in Greece” (2017), Journal of Business Research, 81, 60-69 (Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos, E. Korra & A. Tsakanikas).
  • “Antecedents of growth-intended entrepreneurship before and during the Greek economic crisis” (2017). Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 24(3), 528-544. (Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos,  & A. Tsakanikas).
  • "Drivers of high-quality entrepreneurship: What changes did the crisis bring about?" (2017).  Small Business Economics, 48(4), 913–930. (Co-authored with  I. Giotopoulos & A. Tsakanikas).
  • "Innovation in the European creative industries: A firm-level empirical approach" (2017). Industry & Innovation, 24(6), 587-612 (Co-authored with Α. Protogerou & Y. Caloghirou).
  • "A typology of European countries based on innovation efficiency and technology gaps: The role of early-stage entrepreneurship."(2015). Economic Modelling, 52 (Part B), 477-484. (Co-authored with  I. Giotopoulos A. Tsakanikas).
  • "An efficiency analysis of European banks considering hierarchical technologies." (2014). Applied Economics Letters, 21(10), 692-696.
  • "Interdisciplinary Modelling Approach Assessing the Cost Effectiveness of Agri-environmental Measures on Reducing Nutrient Concentration to WFD Thresholds under Climate Change: the Case of the Louros Catchment." (2014). Operational Research: An International Journal, 14, 205-224. (Co-authored with D. Skuras, A.Wade, D. Psaltopoulos, P. Whitehead & M. Erlandsson).
  • “Technology Gaps in European Banking: Put the blame on inputs or outputs?” (2012). Εconomic Modelling, 29(2), 1798-1808. (Co-authored with K. Kounetas, I. Mourtos & K. Tsekouras).
  •  “Are the Cooperatives the weakest link in European Banking? A Non-parametric Metafrontier Approach.” (2010). Journal of Banking and Finance, 34(8), 1946-1957. (Co-authored with K. Tsekouras).
  • “An exploratory investigation of mission statements of banks in South Eastern European countries: customers vs society?” (2007). International Journal of Financial Services Management 2 (1/2), 82-99. (Co-authored with D. Psallidas & A. Pseiridis).

Contributions in Collective Volumes

  • "E-commerce adoption in Greek firms" (2018). In: Essays on Regional Entrepreneurship and Development, F. Economou, A. Kontolaimou, E. Tsouma (Eds.), 321-343, Region of Western Greece, Patras, (in Greek) (Co-authored with G. Skintzi).
  • "Determinants of inter-firm R&D collaborations: Evidence from a survey of 3500 SMEs in Greece"(2018).  In: Essays on Regional Entrepreneurship and DevelopmentF. Economou, A. Kontolaimou, E. Tsouma (Eds.), 307-319, Region of Western Greece, Patras (Co-authored with Ι. Giotopoulos, Ε. Korra & Α. Tsakanikas).
  • “Do University students use their resources fully and equally efficiently? The case of economics students.” (2010). In: Economies of Education: Issues of Transition and Transformation. J. Backhaus, R. Eamets, D. Eerma (Εds.), 217-243, LIT Verlag, Berlin. (Co-authored with D. Psallidas & A. Pseiridis).

Books / Monographs

  • “Investigation of productive efficiency under the assumption of multiple technology heterogeneity in European Banking: The role of knowledge spillovers, absorptive capacity and strategic orientation of banking firms.” (2010). Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Economics, University of Patras, Greece.
  • “Pricing Behaviour in the Olive Oil Retail Industry in Greece.” (2003). MSc Dissertation, Department of Economics, University of Essex, UK.

Other publications

  • "Digitisation patterns of the Greek economy and society" (2018). Greek Economic Outlook (KEPE), 37, pp. 41-48 (Co-authored with G. Skintzi).
  • "E-commerce and Information and Communication Technologies in Greek firms" (2018). Greek Economic Outlook (KEPE), 36, pp. 83-90 (Co-authored with G. Skintzi).
  • "Access to finance and firm growth of Greek SMEs before and during the economic crisis" (2017). Greek Economic Outlook (KEPE), 33, pp. 71-79 (Co-authored with Ι.Giotopoulos & Ε. Balikou).
  • "Developments in the regulatory framework of the entrepreneurial activity in Greece" (2017). Greek Economic Outlook (KEPE), 32, pp. 50-53.
  • “A dynamic analysis of profitability in cultural and creative industries in Greece”, Greek Economic Outlook (KEPE), 30, pp. 67-74.
  • Kontolaimou, Α. (2015). “Financial constraints of SMEs in Greece during the crisis period”, Greek Economy (KEPE), 23, pp. 23-33 (in Greek).
  • “New economy and digital entrepreneurship in Greece: Current state and policy directions”, Greek Economy (KEPE), 20, pp. 20-29 (in Greek).
  • “Innovation as a strategic orientation for the Greek economy”, Greek Economy (KEPE), 10, pp. 15-24 (in Greek).

 Working Papers

Papers under Review

  • "Drivers of High-Growth Firms: Strategic Modes of Growth and Knowledge Processing Capabilities" (Co-authored with Y. Caloghirou, Ι. Giotopoulos & Α. Tsakanikas).
  • "Industry-University Knowledge Flows and Product Innovation: How Do Knowledge Stocks and Crisis Matter?" (Co-authored with Y. Caloghirou, Ι. Giotopoulos, Ε. Korra, Α. Tsakanikas).

Presentations in International Conferences

  • "Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries: Evidence from Young Firms in Greece." 30th Annual EAEPE Conference, Nice, France, 06-08.09.2018. (Co-authored with A. Protogerou, & Y. Caloghirou). 
  • “Adoption of e-commerce by Greek SMEs.” International Conference ‘Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Development in Western Greece’, Patras, Greece, 13-15.12.2017.(Co-authored with G. Skintzi).
  • “Determinants of inter-firm R&D collaborations: Evidence from a survey of 3500 SMEs in Greece.” International Conference ‘Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Development in Western Greece’, Patras, Greece, 13-15.12.2017.(Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos, E. Korra, A. Tsakanikas).
  • “Drivers of High-Growth Firms: Strategic Modes of Growth and Knowledge Processing Capabilities.” 15th GLOBELICS International Conference, Athens, 11-13.10.2017. (Co-authored with Y. Caloghirou, I. Giotopoulos, A. Tsakanikas).
  • “Firm Growth and Financial Constraints in Greek Services: Greater Athens vs. the Rest of Greece.” 13th CRETE (Conference on Research on Economic Theory & Econometrics), Μilos, Greece, 13-17.07.2014. (Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos & G. Fotopoulos).
  • “Innovation and Creative Industry: An exploratory exercise.”  DRUID Society Conference 2014 on entrepreneurship - organization – innovation, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, 16-18.06.2014. (Co-authored with Α. Protogerou & Y. Caloghirou).
  • “Innovative Performance of Developed and Developing European Countries: The Role of Entrepreneurship Using GEM Key Indicators.” GEM Research Conference Barcelona 2013: “Entrepreneurship & Economic Development”, Barcelona, Spain, 19-21.06.2013. (Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos & A. Tsakanikas).
  • “Multiple Technology Heterogeneity: Does the hierarchy reveal the latent technology?” EWEPA 2013, 13th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland, 17-20.06.13. (Co-authored with K. Tsekouras, N. Chatzistamoulou & K. Kounetas).
  • “An interdisciplinary modelling approach assessing the cost effectiveness of agri-environmental measures on reducing nutrient concentration to WFD thresholds under climate change: the case of the Louros catchment." EAAE 2013: Developing integrated and reliable modeling tools for agricultural and environmental policy analysis, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH), Crete, Greece, 15-16.06.2013. (Co-authored with D. Skuras, A. Wade, D. Psaltopoulos, P. Whitehead & M. Erlandsson).
  • ‘‘Innovation Efficiency and Technology Gaps in European Region: North vs. South.”  DIME-AEGIS-LIEE/NTUA Athens Conference, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 29-30.04.10. (Co-authored with A. Gkypali, K. Kounetas & K. Tsekouras).
  • “Are the cooperative banks the weakest link in European banking? A non-parametric metafrontier approach.” EURO Conference 2009, 23rd European Conference on Operational Research, Bonn, Germany, 05 – 08.07.09. (Co-authored with K. Tsekouras).
  • “Investigating the Efficiency of University students: the case of an Economics Programme in Greece.”  International Conference on Educational Economics, University of Tartu, Tartu,  Estonia, 25-28.08.05. (Co-authored with D. Psallidas & A. Pseiridis).

 Presentations in Seminars / Scientific meetings 

  • "Electronic tools G2B for supporting entrepreneurhip and innovation", Consultantions with local civil servants and business representatives in the context of the project egov_INNO (Interreg Greece-Italy 2014-2020), Patras, Greece, 27.05.19. (Co-authored with Α. Chymis, F. Economou, Κ. Loizos, V. Missos, P. Prodromidis, Ι. Reziti)

  • "The book market in Greece: The issue of fixed book prices", KEPE, Athens, Greece 31.05.17. (Co-authored with I. Konstantakopoulou & P. Prodromidis)
  • "Firm growth and financial constraints in Greek services: Greater Athens vs. the rest of Greece", KEPE, Athens, Greece, 18.06.2014 (invited speaker). (Co-authored with I. Giotopoulos & G. Fotopoulos)
  • "Analyzing Transportation Sector Energy Efficiency in a Metafrontier Context", Workshop on Current & Future Trends in Eco-friendly Route Planning, Athens, Greece, 12-13.12.13. (Co-authored with K. Tsekouras, N. Chatzistamoulou & K. Kounetas)
  • "Bank Efficiency and Technology Heterogeneity". Loughborough University, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough, UK, 24.04.2012 (invited speaker).
  • "Are the cooperative banks the weakest link in European banking? A non-parametric metafrontier approach", University of Edinburgh Business School, Research Group of Management Science and Business Economics, Edinburgh, UK, 26.10.2011 (invited speaker). (Co-authored with K. Tsekouras).
  • "A short profile of the Louros catchment", Start-up Meeting of the ‘REFRESH’ FP7 Project, Antalya, Turkey, 22-26.03.2010. (Co-authored with D. Psaltopoulos,  D. Skouras)
  • "Economic Aspects of agri-environment schemes", End-symposium of the ‘EASY’ FP5 Project, University  of  Wageningen, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 30.01.06 – 01.02.06. (Co-authored with D. Psallidas).

Contributions in KEPE collaborations regarding Development Plans and related projects

  • "A plan for the development of G2B e-services in Apuglia and Western Greece". Report in the context of the project egov-INNO (Interreg Greece-Italy 2014-2020) for the Regional Development Fund of Western Greece, KEPE, 2019.
  • "Methodology for identifying export opportunities and export promotion instruments". Study for GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), KEPE, 2018.
  • "Measurement of trade openess of the Greek economy and the competitiveness of Greek exports. Determinants of trade openess. Policy implications". Study for the Ministry of Economy and Development, KEPE, 2018 (in Greek).
  • "Regional analysis of the Greek Economy". Report for the Ministry of Economy and Development, KEPE, 2017 (in Greek).
  • “Granting market economy status to China: An assessment of the effects on the Greek Economy”, Study for the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, KEPE, 2016 (in Greek).

  • “Development plan for Greece”, Study for the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism. Writing two sections: “Fostering research, development and innovation” and "Promoting competition in the product/services markets” (with S. Papaioannou), KEPE, 2016 (in Greek).
  • “Illicit tobacco trade and tobacco tax policy in Greece”. Study for EMG Strategic Consulting LTD, ΚΕPΕ, Nov 2015 – Apr 2016.

Funded Research 

  • “Creativity for innovation and growth in Europe-CRE8TV.EU”, 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities). Scientific Coordinator in Greece: Y. Caloghirou, Research partners: National Technical University of Athens, University of Manchester (UK) and other 8 Universities and Research Institutions, Jul 2013 – Jul 2014.
  • “Energy Efficiency of Road Networks and Vehicles: Measurement, Pricing, Regional and Environmental Effects- EERNV”, Research Project in the context of the THALES Programme, National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013. Scientific Coordinator: K. Tsekouras, Research partners: University of Patras, Athens University of Economics and Business, National Technical University of Athens, Jan 2012 – Jun 2013.
  • “Development of Regional Indicators with respect to Social Exclusion and Measurement Methods for Social Inequality in the Regions of Western Greece, Peloponnese, Ionian Islands”, Research Project in the context of the national action ‘COOPERATION 2011’,  National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013. Scientific Coordinator:  Α. Bellas, Research partners: University of Patras,  Agricultural University of Athens, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Dec 2010-Jan 2013.
  • “Adaptive Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems-REFRESH”, 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (Environment). Scientific Coordinator in Greece: D. Psaltopoulos, Research partners: University of Patras, University College London (UK) and other 23 Universities and Research Institutions. Feb 2010 – Jul 2011, Nov-Dec 2011 & Jun 2012.
  • “Evaluating Current European Agri-environment Schemes to Quantify and Improve Nature Conservation Efforts in Agricultural Landscapes-EASY”, 5th Framework Programme of the European Commission (LIFE QUALITY).  Scientific Coordinator in Greece: J. Lekakis, Research partners: University of Crete, Wageningen University (Netherlands) and other 5 Universities and Research Institutions. Oct 2004 – Jun 2005.
 

Citations

Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=nEo5BGkAAAAJ&hl=en)

Number of citations (16/10/1019): 262, h-index: 7, i10-index: 6

Citations in high-quality journals: Review of Economics and Statistics, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis,  Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Economic Modelling etc.

 

Teaching Experience

  • University of Patras, Department of Economics, Acad. year 2012-13. 
    Courses: Introduction to Economics I, Microeconomics I, Investment Appraisal.
  • University of Central Greece, Department of Regional Economic Development, Acad. years 2010-11 (spring semester) & 2011-12.
    Courses: Introduction to Economics, International Economics, Energy Economics and Policy.

  • Technological Educational Institute of Patras, School of Management and Economy, School of Sciences of Health & Care, Acad. years 2010-11 & 2011-12.
    Courses: Introduction to Microeconomics, Banking & Finance, Business Games, Health Economics.

  • Technological Educational Institute of Kalamata, School of Management and Economy, Acad. years 2006-07 και 2007-08 (winter semester).
    Courses: Microeconomics, Health Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Local Government.

Other Activities

Supervision, coordination and organization of activities

  • Coordination of the Report: "A plan for the development of G2B e-services in Apuglia and Western Greece", in the context of the project egov_INNO (Interreg Greece-Italy 2014-2020), Regional Developmend Fund of Western Greece, KEPE, Athens, 2019. 
  • Editor of the collective volume: "Essays on Regional Entrepreneurship and Development, Regional of Western Greece", Patras, 2018. (In collaboration with F. Economou and E. Tsouma) 
  • Member of PhD thesis advisory commitees, University of Peloponnese, Department of Economics, 2017- .
  • Supervisor of dissertations at the undergraduate level, TEI of Kalamatas (2006-2008) and ΤΕΙ of Patras (2010-2012).
  • Internship supervisor, University of Central Greece, Department of Regional Economic Development, Jul.- Aug. 2011.
  • Member of the organizing team of the 3rd Hellenic Workshop on Productivity and Efficiency Measurement, Department of Economics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece, 16-18.06.2006.

 Referee in Scientific Journals

  • Applied Economics
  • Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics
  • Annals of Regional Science
  • Economic Modelling
  • Economic Systems
  • International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance
  • International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making
  • International Journal of Production Economics
  • International Regional Science Review
  • International Review of Economics and Finance
  • Operational Research: An International Journal
  • Science and Public Policy
  • South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics