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Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou

Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou

Senior Lecturer

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
9th Jan 2012

Research summary

Effie leads an interdisciplinary programme of independent research focused on the politics of identity and knowledge in organisations, in connection with professionalism and ethics. Her research studies the individual as an agent (sociological perspective), a human (philosophical perspective) and an employee (organisation studies perspective) and brings to light the multidirectional and multidimensional nature of human existence. Her research suggests that intelligent actors 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. Effie's research experience builds on insights from 11 multinational organisations in 9 industries, including food, commercial, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, aerospace, engineering, construction, broadcasting and media industries.

Her research work is informed by her industry experience: as a Knowledge Manager for the Audit/Knowledge and Research Service Line at Deloitte LLP in London, UK, she developed first-hand experience on corporate decision-making processes when introducing innovative practices for business growth. Currently, she is Co-Chair of the Knowledge and Learning Special Interest Group at the British Academy of Management, and she is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Beyond academic research projects, Effie has been involved in knowledge transfer/exchange, industry-funded projects, and she is invited as an expert speaker and field expert. Her research is published in leading international journals, including a publication in Human Relations, industry reports, plenary sessions and the conferences of the British Academy of Management, the European Academy of Management and the Academy of Management in the USA. As Guest Editor for a recent Special Issue on The Role of Philosophy in Project Management in the Project Management Journal (PMJ), Effie introduced the relevance and importance of philosophy for scholarship in project management. 

Of critical importance to Effie's 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 professional and their role in contemporary organisations. 

Teaching summary

Effie's teaching is designed to: 

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

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

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

  • mentor professionals on their professional and academic development

  • with a focus on critical thinking for business, professionalism, people in organisations and qualitative research methods
  • ensure that – apart from the development of ideas and thinking – students have the opportunity to develop the relationships that will support their career for many years following graduation. 
Effie pioneered the creation of the SMPJournal, an ISSN-listed publications of our students' work, and the SMPUnConference, a participant driven annual meeting that brings together the entire SMP community. Both of these initiatives reflect learning innovations which enhance the learning experience of students and their credibility and professionalism in the marketplace. 

Education

University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2018
University of Stirling
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2008
University of Stirling
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2002
The American College of Greece Deree and Junior Colleges
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2001

Biography

In parallel to her doctoral studies (PhD awarded with no corrections, University of Stirling, Scotland), Effie worked on the interdisciplinary, £5.5M ESRC/EPSRC Grand Challenges project ‘Immortal Information and Through-Life Knowledge Management (IITKM): Strategies and Tools for the Emerging Product-Service Paradigm’. This 3-year interdisciplinary research focused on delivering tools for a paradigm shift in service delivery across the engineering, construction and aerospace industries. Effie subsequently helped build the interdisciplinary Centre for Performance at Work at City University London as a research fellow where she was responsible for leading research bids with industrial partners and for impact activities spanning across the academia and industry internationally.

Between 2012 and 2019, Effie led the MSc in Strategic Management of Projects – a UCL executive masters designed to address the need for strategic and critical thinking, and the political skill to address multiple-stakeholder power dynamics. In 2018, she stepped down from the positions of Assistant Director and Head of Strategic Initiatives at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction at UCL, in which she led projects for the strategic development and preparedness of the School for the future. She is involved in the senior management of the School as postgraduate Admissions Tutor (intake of 450 postgraduate students annually).

Publications