Haridimos (Hari) Tsoukas was born in Karpenissi, Greece, in 1961.

He received his education in Greece and the UK, and has held academic positions with the Universities of Cyprus, Warwick, Essex, and Strathclyde, the ALBA Graduate Business School, and the Manchester Business School.

An (unhappy) engineer by discipline, Prof. Tsoukas migrated to the social sciences, and found his intellectual home in organization and management studies. He is not a philosopher but can’t help but see everything from a philosophical point of view. He is not a complexity scientist but can’t help but approach everything in terms of, Gregory Bateson’s memorable phrase, “the pattern that connects”. And he is not a politician but, as an engaged citizen, can’t help but be passionate about the affairs of the «polis».

Author and editor of several books in English and Greek, his research publications have appeared in the most distinguished international journals of organizational and management research. He is best known for his contributions to understanding organizations as knowledge and learning systems, for re-viewing organizational phenomena through the lens of process philosophy, for exploring practical reason in organizational contexts as well as the epistemology of reflective practice in management, and for bringing insights from Aristotelian, Wittgensteinian and Heideggerian philosophy to organization and management studies.

He was Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal Organization Studies and is the co-founder and co-organizer of the International Symposium of Process Organization Studies. Striving to be an active citizen, he regularly comments on Greek and Cypriot politics in national media, as well as on his Greek blog Enarthri Kravgi (Articulate Howl).

In recognition of his “considerable, original and sustained contribution to his field at the highest international level”, Professor Tsoukas was awarded the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree by the University of Warwick in July 2014.

Academic positions

  • Present2010

    Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management

    University of Cyprus

  • Present2003

    Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies

    Warwick Business School

  • 20092003

    George D Mavros Research Professor of Organization and Management

    ALBA Graduate Business School

  • 20032000

    Professor of Organization Theory and Behaviour

    University of Strathclyde

  • 20001998

    Professor of Organization Theory

    University of Essex

  • 20032001

    Professor of Organization and Management

    ALBA Graduate Business School

  • 20001999

    Associate Professor of Organization and Management

    ALBA Graduate Business School

  • 19981995

    Associate Professor of Organization and Management

    University of Cyprus

  • 19951990

    Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

    Warwick Business School

  • 19901988

    Associate Fellow in Management Studies

    Manchester Business School

Other positions

  • Present2020

    Corresponding Member

    The Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters, and Arts

  • Present2018

    Dean, School of Graduate Studies

    University of Cyprus

  • Present2017

    Honorary Professor of Organization Studies

    University of Sydney, University of Queensland

  • Present2009

    Co-founder, Co-convener

    International Symposium on Process Organization Studies

  • 20162012

    Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management

    University of Cyprus

  • Present2010

    Series Co-editor

    Perspectives on Process Organization Studies, Oxford University Press

  • Present2003

    Series Editor

    The Reflective Life, Ikaros Publications, Athens

  • Present2001

    Scientific Advisor

    Association of Chief Executive Officers (GR)

  • 20082003


    Organization Studies (academic journal)


  • Ph.D. 1990

    Ph.D. in Organisational Sociology

    Manchester Business School

  • M.Sc. 1985

    M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering

    Cranfield University

  • B.Sc. 1983

    Diploma in Electrical Engineering

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Honors and Awards

  • 2020
    The James G. March Prize 2020
    Awarded by EGOS for the paper “Sensemaking Reconsidered: Towards a broader understanding through phenomenology”, Organization Theory, 1 (1), 2020 – with Jörgen Sandberg.
  • 2017
    Prix Roger-Charbonneau 2017 (Best Book Award)
    Presented by HEC Montréal for the best book of the year written in a language other than French, for the book «The Sage Handbook of Organization Studies» (Sage, 2017) – with Ann Langley.
  • 2016
    Cyprus Research Award - Distinguished Researcher 2016
    The Distinguished Researcher Award is presented to distinguished scientists carrying out in Cyprus research with high quality and international impact and recognition.

    Prof. Tsoukas received the Award (jointly with Michalinos Zempylas, Associate Professor at the Open University of Cyprus) from the Cypriot Research Promotion Foundation, in Nicosia, Cyprus.

  • 2016
    Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award
    The Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award, presented once every two years, recognizes scholars who have taken a leadership role in the field of Organization and Management Theory (OMT) by opening up new lines of thinking or inquiry. A Trailblazer is a boundary-spanner and a conversation starter, someone who extends and builds the OMT community by shepherding new ideas and new scholarship, often in unconventional ways.

    Prof. Tsoukas received the Award from the OMT Division of the American Academy of Management, at the Academy's Annual Conference, Anaheim, USA.

  • 2016
    EGOS Honorary Member
    EGOS Honorary Membership was created in 1998 to honour and thank scholars who have made pioneering and lasting contributions both to the advancement of knowledge in the social sciences dealing with organization, organized and organizing, and to EGOS as an association.

    Prof Tsoukas was made the 18th Honorary Member of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) at the 32 EGOS Colloquium in Naples, Italy.

  • 2014
    Doctor of Science
    The D.Sc. higher doctorate, a form of lifetime achievement award, is awarded to academics who have shown a considerable, original, and sustained contribution to their field of scholarship at the very highest international level.

    Professor Tsoukas received his D.Sc. from the University of Warwick.

  • 2005-14
    Best MBA Teacher Award
    An award for teaching excellence based on evaluations by the participants of the Warwick Business School MBA Programme.
  • 2009
    The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Award
    The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the further development of systemic and complex sciences and their applications towards solving real-life problems.
  • 2002
    ALBA Outstanding Research Award
    An award granted by the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration.
  • 1997
    President's Medal, The OR Society
    The 1997 President's Medal of the Operational Research Society was awarded jointly to Haridimos Tsoukas and D. B. Papoulias for their paper ``Understanding Social Reforms: A Conceptual Analysis``.
  • 1985-88
    Tom Lupton Scholarship
    A doctoral research scholarship granted by the Manchester Business School.

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