Networking Events

Networking events help to strengthen and enhance personal and professional relationships between leaders in industry, academia and government.  They aim to develop a culture of open communication and trust between participants and provide an informal forum for the exchange of ideas.

Hosted in major Greek cities, the events focus around a current key theme of interest, with an invited keynote speaker, keeping an informal format which enables purposeful networking.  Invited keynote speakers include:

Professor Yiannis Gabriel
Imperial College, London

Professor Elena Antonacopoulou
University of Liverpool

Professor Anastassios Katos
University of Macedonia

Konstantinos Gioulekas
Minister of Education and Member of Parliament

Professor Dimitrios Xouris
Pro Vice Chancellor
University of Macedonia

Professor Ray Cowell
Vice Chancellor
Nottingham Trent University

Professor Martin Reynolds
Pro Vice Chancellor
Anglia Ruskin University

Professor Paul Joyce
Liverpool Business School

Professor Christopher Prince
Pro Vice Chancellor
Leeds Beckett University

Professor Tony Watson
University of Nottingham

Professor John Leopold
Associate Dean
Nottingham Trent University

Professor Lynette Harris
Nottingham Trent University

Paul Forster
Board of Governors
Nottingham Trent University

Matt Cooper
Capital One

Ward Griffiths

Dr Diane Watson
Open University

Kostis Hatzidakis
Minister of Development and Member of Parliament

Epaminondas Megapanos
LITO Maternity Hospital

Petros Katsiampouris
Akzo Nobel Greece

Aris Spiliotopoulos
Minister of Education and Member of Parliament

Tilemahos Hytiris
Minister of Press and Information and Member of Parliament

Dr Panagiotis Efstathiou
Centre for Disease Control

Professor Neil Gorman
Vice Chancellor
Nottingham Trent University

Conferences and Masterclasses

Conferences and Masterclasses provide a structured forum for linking executives and businesses with current business knowledge and industry best-practices.  Themes are selected amongst current international, regional and national topics of interest and are presented by leading academics and practitioners.

8th European Forum in Business Management
Corporate Social Responsibility

3rd Masterclass
Entrepreneurship, Customers and Identity Work

7th European Forum in Business Management

2nd Masterlass
Leadership in Health Services

2nd Hellenic Forum
Health Services Management
Athens and Thessaloniki

1st Hellenic Forum
Public Relations

6th European Forum in Business Management
Athens and Thessaloniki

5th European Forum in Business Management
Business Strategy.  From Planning to Implementation
Athens and Thessaloniki

4th European Forum in Business Management
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Athens and Thessaloniki

3rd European Forum in Business Management
Human Resources Management.  Developing the Competitive Advantage of Modern Businesses
Athens and Thessaloniki

1st Masterclass
Effective Reward Strategies

2nd European Forum in Business Management
Rethinking Marketing

1st Hellenic Forum
Sales and Sales Management
Athens and Thessaloniki

1st European Forum in Business Management
Total Quality Management.  The post-ISO era

International Advertising Association World Conference

Insight and Publications

Through printed and electronic publications, AGSM disseminates information and knowledge to executives, industry and government.

Research and Consultancy

AGSM is active in applied research and consultancy activity in a variety of sectors including:

Management and Leadership

Developing managers is important because it allows an organization to create a steady flow of capable leaders who can move into vacant management positions in the future. Companies that invest in management development reduce employee turnover as such programs increase job satisfaction, which deters employees from seeking greener pastures elsewhere.

Management development is crucial to an organization because managers oversee the performance of other employees. Training managers impacts many employees within the organization. Management development enables an organization to equip its managers with the skills and expertise required to succeed at their respective jobs and make the organization successful. An organization with an effective management-development program increases the productivity of its employees because such programs increase employee engagement and motivation.

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality

Tourism accounts for 18% of Greece’s GDP, directly or indirectly employs more than 900.000 people, and is the leading source of the country’s invisible receipts (36% in 2007). 

Currently, more than 9,000 hotels operate in Greece. Due to Greece’s many islands and islets, more than 6,000, the geographical range of tourism destinations is extensive. In addition, the wide variety of natural landscapes, extensive number of historic sites and villages, and wide-ranging number of activities mean that opportunities are virtually limitless. 

Approximately 85% of arrivals originate in Western Europe: 21.2% from the United Kingdom, 17.5% from Germany, 8.8% from Italy, 5.3% from France, 5.2% from Holland, and 7.5% from the Scandinavian countries. 

Increasingly, however, significant numbers of visitors from Eastern Europe and China are making Greece their preferred destination, creating a wider base of origin countries and new demands for services, facilities, and attractions (Enterprise Greece)

Consumer Goods and Retailing

The global retail market generated more than $10.5 trillion in 2010, according to research from MarketLine. Market expansion is expected to record yearly growth of close to 5% through 2015 to exceed $13.2 trillion. Food and groceries represent the leading market segment, generating more than $6.63 trillion in 2010, or close to 65% of the overall market.

The global online retail industry is expected to reach almost $830 billion in 2015, reports MarketLine. This represents 90% market expansion in just five years. Electronics are the leading market segment, with close to 34% of the overall market. The Americas represent more than 40% of the global online retail industry (ReportLinker)

Health Services and Pharmaceuticals

The global healthcare services market is forecast to reach $3 trillion by 2015, according to research from Global Industry Analysts. Investment in sectors such as home healthcare, healthcare IT and telehealth are expected to continue fuelling market expansion. Due to the world’s aging population, the demand for home healthcare is likely to continue climbing over the years to come.

The healthcare services industry is labor intensive and overburdened in many regions, making telehealth and healthcare IT attractive options. With medical technologies continually developing, these options are proving beneficial to patients and the overall healthcare system.

Spending on home healthcare is forecast to continue rising as elderly and terminally ill patients opt for the ease of receiving healthcare at home rather than in hospitals or clinics. As with many other industry sectors, information technology is also affecting the area of healthcare services, with many healthcare bodies concentrating their efforts on setting up or enhancing their electronic medical records systems, electronic health records and personal health records (ReportLinker)

Creative and Cultural Industries

The creative and cultural industries make one of the most dynamic sectors in Europe in the last few years. This sector has indeed proved to be particularly resilient to the current debt crisis and the recession, since after 2010 it has registered an annual growth rate of 10% and is expected to enjoy similar high levels of growth in the coming years.

According to the prevailing definition, the term cultural and creative industries is used to describe businesses that deal with the conception, production, diffusion and distribution of commercialized goods and services incorporating knowledge, innovation, creation and culture as their basic productive input.

It covers a wide variety of activities such as advertisement, architecture, design, mass media and social media, software, cinema, visual arts, literature, publications, theatre, music, photography, libraries, museums, art galleries etc. (, Presidency of the European Union)

 Shipping and Maritime

As the world is changing, so is the shipping industry. New megaships keep outsizing older models, while emerging technologies boost efficiency and the green image of shipping. Are you interested in what this future looks like?

The maritime industry is constantly evolving and striving for increased innovation. The past few years have been exceptionally interesting. Major trends like globalisation and containerisation have reshaped the industry and continue to present us with challenging changes even today.

This dynamic environment creates a very interesting work setting, pushing the abilities of the employees to the limit and setting a high standard for future co-workers.  When looking towards the future of maritime shipping, a few emerging trends can be observed. New ways of doing business, earning money and distinguishing yourself from the competition are created on a daily basis.