Professor Nicos Nicolaou

Professor - Warwick Business School

Nicos Nicolaou is a Professor at Warwick Business School with research interest in Entrepreneurship, Genetics of Entrepreneurship, Biology of Entrepreneurship, Middle Market Firms, Social Networks, Behavioral Genetics, University Spinouts and Innovation.

Contact Details

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Research Themes

  • Innovation and Exporting

Biography

Nicos Nicolaou is a Professor at Warwick Business School with research interest in Entrepreneurship, Genetics of Entrepreneurship, Biology of Entrepreneurship, Middle Market Firms, Social Networks, Behavioral Genetics, University Spinouts and Innovation.

He previously held faculty and/or visiting positions at Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, Cass Business School and the University of Cyprus. His research has been mentioned on the CNN, BBC, The Times, USA Today, ABC News, Reuters, MSNBC, Washington Post, The New York Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph etc.

He has published in journals like Management Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Business Venturing, Human Resource Management (US), Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and others. He has received both research and teaching awards including the 2013 INFORMS Technology Management Best Paper Award for the best paper published in an entire year in Management Science or Organization Science, two of the leading journals in the field, the Principal’s Award for the best teaching scores at Imperial College London, and the Psion Prize for the best doctoral thesis.

Research Paper

The relationship between middle market firms’ access to finance and internationalization intentions. Research Paper No 54

This article examines the relationship between middle market firms’ access to finance and their exporting intentions. We hypothesise that this relationship is positive but moderated by a firm’s age. We test our hypotheses using a novel dataset of middle market firms across four large EU economies. Our analysis demonstrates that the relationship between middle market firms’ access to finance and their exporting intentions is different for younger and older firms. When younger firms have ready access to finance they are less likely to enter new geographic markets, while when older firms have ready access to finance they are actually more likely to enter new geographic markets.

Associated Themes
Insight

Sustaining growth – the HR dimension HR practices and management and leadership skills of High Growth SMEs

This research set out to investigate human resource management (HRM) practices and leadership behaviours in UK SMEs that represent a small proportion of firms to have achieved long-term growth. We interviewed 30 senior leaders of such SMEs and found that most leaders espouse key high performance work practices such as selective hiring, employee development, open communication, and, to a varying degree, performance management and employee participation. Through flexible informal practices, SME leaders tap into employee’s intrinsic motivation to enhance performance and to develop personal trust and reciprocity. Overall, our research paints a picture of HRM in growth-oriented UK SMEs as a complex phenomenon where a number of formal and informal HR levers interact, guided by a compelling vision, and creating a positive company culture in the process.

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