• PhD International Business and Strategy, University of South Carolina
  • MBA, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • MS Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS, Naval Academy of Greece

Selected Publications

  • Athanassiou, N., McNett, J., Harvey, C. (2003). Critical Thinking in the Management Classroom: Bloom’s Taxonomy as a Learning Tool. Journal of Management Education, 2003, 27(5), 533-555.
  • Athanassiou, N., Nigh, D. (2002). The Influence of the International Business Experience of the Top Management Team on the Internationalization of the Firm: Social Networks at Work. Management International Review, 2002, 42(2), 157-181.
  • Kelly, L., Athanassiou, N., Crittenden, W. (2000). Founder centrality and the strategic posture of a family owned firm. Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice. 2000, 25(2), 27-41.
  • Athanassiou, N., Nigh, D. (2002). Internationalization, Tacit Knowledge and the Top Management Teams of MNCs. Journal of International Business Studies. 2000, 31(3), 471-488.
  • Athanassiou, N., Nigh, D. (1999). The Impact of Company Internationalization on Top Management Team Advice Networks: A Tacit Knowledge Perspective. Strategic Management Journal, 1999, 19(1), 83-92.

Selected Presentations

  • Martha, Maznevski (Presenter & Author), Celia, Chui (Presenter & Author), Athanassiou, Nicholas (Presenter & Author), Daniel, Waeger (Presenter & Author), Annual Meeting, “Cultural distance, turbulence, and friction: Advancing the constructs in cross-border knowledge transfer”, Academy of Management, Orlando, FL. (August 12, 2013).
  • Bird, Allan (Presenter Only), Athanassiou, Nicholas, CUIBE Annual Meeting, “The BSIB program at Northeastern University”, Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education, Boise, ID. (February 8, 2013).
  • Athanassiou, Nicholas, AACSB Associate Deans Meeting, “The DMSB Bachelor of Science in International Business Program”, AACSB, Houston, Texas. (November 2012).
  • Athanassiou, Nicholas (Presenter & Author), Robles, Fernando (Presenter & Author), Ito, Kiyohiko (Presenter & Author), Rose, German (Presenter & Author), Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, “International Business programs as a means to internationalize the business school”, Academy of International Business, Washington, DC. (July 2012).

Research & Teaching Interests

Athanassiou research interests are (1) in international business strategy with a focus on the international business capabilities of top management teams, (2) on global innovation processes, and (3) on knowledge acquisition and transfer issues.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining the D’Amore-McKim School of Business faculty, Athanassiou served as a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina and a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s International Business Management Institute in Tokyo. Athanassiou has held a number of senior executive positions in the United States, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East with PepsiCo, Kentucky Fried Chicken International, and Heublein, Inc.

Services to the Profession

Athanassiou was the Academic Director of the school’s Bachelor of Science in International Business from 2003 to 2017, and the Master of Science in International Management from 2006 to 2016. From 2012 to 2016 he served as the Program Chair for the International Partnership of Business Schools joint Master of Science in International Management ( He served as International Business and Strategy Group Chair for the D’Amore-McKim School of Business from 2005, stepping down in 2014. Athanassiou served as guest editor of Management International Review in 2006. For several years he organized the Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop “Introduction to Social Networks” in collaboration with David Krackhardt, Carnegie-Mellon University, Dan Brass, U. of Kentucky and Steven Borgatti, U. of Kentucky. Athanassiou is a member of the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, and The Institute of Management Sciences.

Awards & Recognition

Athanassiou was named Academic Coordinator and Program Director of the school’s Bachelor of Science in International Business program in 2003.

Joseph G. Riesman Research Professorship, CBA. (2000).