Core Faculty

Olga Epitropaki

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, The Stavros Costopoulos Chair in Human Resource Management BSc, University of Crete; MSc, Ph.D., Cardiff University.

Dr. Epitropaki has teaching and research interests in the areas of leadership, emotions, trust, psychological contracts and diversity management. Her doctoral research was specifically focused on the role of cognitive processes for understanding managerial leadership, with a special emphasis on transformational and charismatic types of leadership. For her doctoral thesis she won the 2001 Jepson School Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Leadership Studies, and she also was among the six finalists for the 2000 Newman Best Dissertation Award for the Academy of Management. Her research has been published in top refereed journals and conferences, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, the Leadership Quarterly, the International Human Resource Management Journal, the Personality and Social Psychology Bulleting, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference and the Academy of Management conference proceedings. She has acted as a referee for journals and conferences such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Work and Stress and the Academy of Management conference. Dr. Epitropaki is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society. She is the Greece Ambassador for the International Human Resource Management Committee of the HR Division of the Academy of Management. She has worked for many years as a consultant and executive trainer for numerous Greek and multinational companies such as EFG-Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, Viohalco, Carrefour, Novo Nordisk, Minerva, Tasty, Athens International Airport, Shell, Sanofi-Aventis, Titan, Vodafone, Xerox and others. She is also the Academic Advisor for the Best Workplaces competition in Greece as well as for the Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI).

Contact Details

TEL.: (+30) 210-896 4531-8 Fax : (+30) 210-896 4737 E mail : [email protected]


Epitropaki, O., Kark, R., Mainemelis, C., & Lord, R. G. 2016. Leadership and followership identity processes: a multilevel review, Leadership Quarterly.

Epitropaki, O., Kapoutsis, I., Ellen, B.P. III, Ferris, G.R., Drivas, K. & Ntotsi, A. 2016. Navigating uneven terrain: the roles of political skill and LMX differentiation in prediction of work relationship quality and work outcomes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37 (7): 1078-1103.

Martin, R., Guillaume, Y., Thomas, G., Lee, A., & Epitropaki, O. 2016. Leader-member exchange (LMX) and performance: a meta-analytic review, Personnel Psychology, 69 (1): 67-121.

Thomas, G., Martin, R., Epitropaki, O., Guillaume, Y., & Lee, A. 2013. Social cognition in leader-follower relationships: applying insights from relationship science to understanding relationship-based approaches to leadership, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34 (S1): S63-S81.

Epitropaki, O. 2013. A multi-level investigation of psychological contract breach and organizational identification through the lens of perceived organizational membership: Testing a moderated-mediated model, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34 (1): 65-86.

Epitropaki, O., & Martin, R. 2013. Transformational-transactional leadership and upward influence: the role of relative Leader-Member exchanges (RLMX) and perceived organizational support (POS), Leadership Quarterly, 24 (2): 299-315.

Epitropaki, O., Sy, T., Martin, R., Tram-Quon, S. &Topakas, A. 2013. Implicit leadership and followership theories “in the wild”: taking stock of information-processing approaches to leadership and followership in organizational settings, Leadership Quarterly, 24, Yearly Review Issue, 24 (6): 858-881.

Epitropaki, O., & Martin R. 2005. From ideal to real: a longitudinal study of implicit leadership theories on leader member exchanges and employee outcomes, Journal of Applied Psychology, 90 (4): 659-676.


Best Article Award Finalist, Academy of Management Annals, 2015

MBA Innovation Award, Association of MBAs, 2015

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