Konstantinos Stathopoulos

Konstantinos Stathopoulos


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    M15 6PB Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Prof Konstantinos Stathopoulos is a corporate governance scholar. He holds a Chair in Accounting and Finance at AMBS since 2015. He is the joint Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Governance: An International Review, the leading academic journal for international corporate governance research. He is also a member of the board of the International Corporate Governance Society.

Konstantinos has more than twenty years of experience conducting research across most areas of corporate governance, with a particular focus on executive compensation and how suboptimal governance practices may destroy stakeholder wealth. His recent focus is on the interests and impact of various stakeholders, such as employees, on firm decision making and governance.

He has an extensive publication record and his work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance: An International Review, among others.

He has received several awards for his research from various organisations such as the American Law and Economics Association, British Accounting and Finance Association and Eastern Finance Association. He acts as an ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals, including Abacus; British Accounting Review; Journal of Banking and Finance; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting; Journal of Corporate Finance; Management Science, as well as research organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK, the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

He has presented his research at international conferences, academic institutions, and business organisations around the world. He has been a visiting researcher at several institutions including Drexel University, the University of Miami and the University of Texas at Austin.

Research interests

The two important financial crises of this century have highlighted the need for corporate governance reform at the market and firm level. A common theme in both the 2000 and 2007 turmoil in the capital markets was the existence of widespread practices that created the “wrong” incentives to market participants, e.g., managers, analysts, etc. Konstantinos' research interests focus on corporate governance practices. He is particularly interested in agency problems, contracting issues and inefficiencies in the managerial labour market. Some of the research topics he currently studies are: 

  • The impact of employees and labour unions on firm decision making and governance.
  • The role of the media and corporate communications on firms' information environment.
  • The importance of institutional investor heterogeneity on firm investment and governance decisions.
  • The role of national culture on businesses, particularly on banks. 

Please visit his SSRN page for more information on working papers and published work.


PhD students

Current PhD students

Konstantinos currently supervises one PhD candidate:

  • Yue Feng (third year full-time, co-supervision with Dr. Amedeo De Cesari)

Previous PhD students

In the past, he has supervised the following students: Spyridon Gkikopoulos (completed 2023), Xianglong Chen (completed 2019), Nikolaos Tsileponis (completed 2017), Mohamed Ghaly (completed 2015), Nida Abdioglu (completed 2012), Georgios Voulgaris (completed 2011) and Colette Grey (completed 2010).

Prospective PhD students

He welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in conducting research in the areas of agency relations and problems, corporate governance and executive pay. In addition, students should demonstrate clear motivation for postgraduate research, have a strong background in quantitative analysis and be familiar with econometric software. Preference will be given to candidates that already have some research experience.

Further information

Administrative duties

Konstantinos was an Associate Head of Research for AMBS during 2017-2021. Previously, he served as the PGT Coordinator for A&F's portfolio of MSc programmes (2014-2016). He has been a programme director at both PGT (MSc Finance) and UG (BA(Econ) A&F pathway) levels. Over a 12-year period, he also served as a member and, subsequently, chair of the school's Business Databases and Datasets Committee.  

Grants and awards

He is the recipient of the British Accounting and Finance Association Prize for the best paper published in the British Accounting Review during 2020. In 2013, his research received the Outstanding International Paper Award from the Eastern Finance Association. He has also received grants and awards from the following organisations: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Graduate School of Social Sciences and Law (GSOSS) - University of Manchester, Alpha Bank.


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