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Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0) 20 76791807
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7916 1887
  • Senior Lecturer
  • The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focuses on the detailed and empirically grounded study of the identity of modern professionals and suggests that as knowledge workers they are better thought of as intelligent actors who are increasingly involved a) in critically thinking about what is and is not competitive practice in their industry and b) in defining their own rules, criteria and strategies for performance, knowledge sharing and the management of power dynamics in the organisational context. It shows that the modern professional is willing and able to manage practice, priorities, colleagues and the context and therefore will both support and challenge the organisation that employs them. My research experience builds on insights from 11 multinational organisations in 9 industries, including food, commercial, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, aerospace, engineering, construction, broadcasting and media industries.


Key ideas have been published in international, peer-reviewed journals, including a publication in Human Relations, and conferences including the International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP), the British Academy of Management Conference (BAM), the International Conference on Work, Well-being & Performance, the International Critical Management Studies Conference, and the International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC). I am invited as a field expert by private, public and third sector organisations and review journal papers on issues of employee identity, organisational power and politics, knowledge and its management, organisational analysis, modernity, professionalism, expertise and business ethics.

My main work builds on a handful of critical contributions from the field of organisation studies and contemporary management thinking (Alvesson, Willmott, McKinlay,  Contu, etc) which emphasize a critical approach to business and put forward the idea that different organisational groups have different goals and interests and will develop distinct work cultures/ethics which may occasionally coincide, but are rarely aligned. Of critical importance to my work has been the notion of the whole as a unit of antitheses by Parmenides – pre-Socratic philosopher (520-450 BCE) – which allowed a holistic understanding of the modern employee and therefore the fundamental re-conceptualisation of their role in modern organisations. 

In the past and following the completion of my PhD (without corrections) at the University of Stirling in Scotland, I built the Centre for Performance at Work at City University London - an interdisciplinary research centre - under the directorship of Professor Jo Silvester; I worked in Deloitte LLP as a Knowledge Manager in the City of London; and undertook research for the ‘Immortal Information and Through-Life Knowledge Management (IITKM): Strategies and Tools for the Emerging Product-Service Paradigm’ Grand Challenge project, funded in collaboration by the EPSRC and ESRC.

Teaching Summary

I am the Course Director for the MSc in Strategic Management of Projects (SMP) at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also assess applications for Associate Fellow and Fellow for the Higher Education Academy at UCL. 

The MSc in Strategic Management of Projects is an executive development course for professionals - and I lead and manage the SMP Alumni. I am responsible for:


  • ensuring that professionals are exposed to profound and pioneering ideas and thinking in the field of strategic management of projects

  • working with professionals in the class on inspiring ideas through a combination of learning mechanisms

  • supporting professionals challenge existing thinking constructively and develop intelligent and impactful ideas in order to lead in their industry

  • mentoring professionals on their professional and academic development

  • teaching on critical thinking for business, professionalism, people in organisations and qualitative research methods

  • ensuring that – apart from the development of ideas and thinking – SMP participants have the opportunity to develop the relationships that will support their career for many years following graduation and become active members of the SMP Alumni

07-JAN-2012 – 02-JUL-2012 Teaching Fellow - MSc Strategic Management of Projects School of Construction and Project Management University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
05-MAY-2011 – 12-DEC-2011 Knowledge Manager Insights/Audit Service Line Deloitte LLP, United Kingdom
05-MAY-2009 – 05-MAY-2011 Research Fellow (Centre Manager) Centre for Performance at Work City University London, United Kingdom
01-APR-2009 – 25-APR-2009 Honorary Research Associate University of Liverpool Management School University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
22-JAN-2007 – 01-MAR-2009 Research Associate/Assistant University of Liverpool Management School University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2006 – 15-DEC-2006 Mentor Department of Management and Organisation University of Stirling, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2006 – 01-JAN-2007 Recognised Teacher Department of Management and Organisation Universiy of Stirling, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2006 – 01-JAN-2007 Teacher Assistant Department of Management and Organisation University of Stirling, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2003 – 15-DEC-2003 Recognised Teacher Department of Management and Organisation University of Stirling, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2000 – 15-JUN-2001 Consumer Assets Collector Colletions Department Citibank, Greece
Academic Background
2008 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Management University of Stirling
2002 MSc Master of Science – Human Resource Management University of Stirling
2001 BSc Bachelor of Science – Accounting and Finance The American College of Greece Deree and Junior Colleges
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