Panos Desyllas
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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 doctoral students

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

International Teachers Program - Diploma, Northwestern University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011

Management, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Feb 2005

Economics, Master of Economics, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Aug 2000

Economics, Bachelor of Economics, University College London

Award Date: 1 Aug 1998

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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