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Research interests

I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Strategy at the University of Bath School of Management. Previously I have held posts at Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research as a Research Associate, Oxford University’s Said Business School as an Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Post-doctoral Fellow and the Manchester Business School as a Lecturer. I was trained as an economist (BSc UCL, MPhil Cambridge) and then carried out a PhD in Management at Cambridge.


I am Principal Investigator on an ESRC grant on "Using intellectual property protection to capture value from innovation in knowledge-intensive service firms” (ES/I036559/1; £210,566).

My research focuses on understanding how technology companies employ various modes of corporate development – such as Mergers and Acquisitions – to access new knowledge and enhance their innovation and economic performance.  Another stream of my research explores the ways in which knowledge-intensive service firms can profit from innovation.  This work focuses on the role of formal (e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights) and strategic (e.g. secrecy and complementary assets) methods of IP protection as a means of capturing economic returns from service and business model innovation.

Willing to supervise PhD

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the areas of competitive and corporate strategy with particular interests in IP Management for capturing value from innovation; and the use of M&As, strategic alliances and corporate venturing as a means of accessing knowledge and enhancing performance.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Business Models

Education/Academic qualification

International Teachers Program - Diploma, Northwestern University

Management, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Economics, Master of Economics, University of Cambridge

Economics, Bachelor of Economics, University College London

External positions

Lecturer in Management, University of Manchester


Research Associate, University of Cambridge

1 Sep 2005 → …

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford


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SEI Doctoral Conference in Bath

Desyllas, P.


Project: Research council

Research Output

PDW: Technology Acquisitions: Classic Strategic Management Questions in a New Light

Desyllas, P., Goossen, M. & Phelps, C., 13 Aug 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Alliance Network Relatedness and Performance in Acquisitions

Desyllas, P., Phelps, C. & Goossen, M., 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Working paper