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Eleni Costea

Dr. Stavrou-Costea is Professor at the University of Cyprus. She has taught at the George Washington University (USA) and was a founding member and the Director of Programs and Operations of the Center for Family Enterprise at the same University. She has been involved in various projects in the US, including developing a standardized pay and benefits structure for the financial division of organizations, researching the needs of the Academy of Management personnel division and designing a database to increase efficiency, and on a one-year consulting project with Tiffany & Co, New York, on human resource management needs.

Her work has been published in various outlets, such as book chapters and conference proceedings, as well as in a number of international scientific journals, such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

She serves as a management organizational consultant and trainer on issues related to human resource management and family business succession.

  • General Consulting, Cyprus (1999-present): Organize and conduct various human resource management tools for recruitment, selection and development of employees in numerous organizations such as Cyprus Airways, Open University, HRD Authority and the University of Cyprus.
  • Family Business Consulting, Cyprus (1996-present): Organizational consultant to various family businesses in Cyprus. Major issues involve leadership succession, group dynamics and human resource management.
  • Center for Family Enterprise, The George Washington University, USA (1993-1996): Was co-founder, Associate Director and Director of Programs and Operations of a university based center that assists family-owned and managed firms in their efforts to succeed in the long-run.
  • Special Advisor to the Ministress during Cyprus’ EU presidency, Cyprus Ministry of Labor, 2013.
Her research interests include the strategic human resource management in a comparative international context, flexible work arrangements, work-life balance and intergenerational transitions in family firms.
She is a member and the Cypriot coordinator (in collaboration with the Cyprus Productivity Center and the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association) of “Cranet”, the largest international research network on human resource management: www.cranet.org