WS1: Global Management and Business Intelligence


Workshop: Global Management and Business Intelligence

Chair: Prof. John Thanopoulos


Dr. John Thanopoulos, Emeritus Professor, University of Piraeus

John Thanopoulos studied in Greece, France and England before receiving his doctoral degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas, in the U.S.A.  He started his career as a business practitioner having achieved by the age of 26 more than $25,000,000 in sales. He is presently Dean of IST College and Professor of International Business and received the World Education Congress 2012 Award of Best Professor in International Business. He has taught at the University of Piraeus, NKUA, University of Peloponnese, University of Arkansas and the University of Akron, has published 20 textbooks, dozens of journal articles and academic papers and participated in hundreds of international presentations.

Global Manager: Self-actualize 

Central figure of our era is the corporate manager and this workshop aims to elaborate on some of his/her self-actualize understanding and managing responsibilities. Do we need, for example, to address Adam Smith’s essence of happiness (1760, a man who in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience and/or being loved and being lovely?)  In this panel we aim further than the definitional development of the term by moving to offer specific concepts that assist the managerial self-actualization.  Therefore, each letter starts a relevant concept.  Most of them are “Classics” (Abraham Maslow (1908-1970, pyramid of needs: Physiological, Safety, Love/belonging, Esteem, Self-actualization), specifically, SMILE, CREATE, CARE, HONOR, EXCEL, ACTUALIZE, ADAPT, whereas the rest capitalize on “Meta-values” (Larry Mullins 2009) like RESPECT, HELP, DREAM, DARE.




Nikolaos Papazoglou 

Nikolaos Papazoglou is a PhD Candidate in International Business Strategies at the University of Piraeus. He also holds a bachelor in Business Administration from the same university and a Master in Finance and Accounting from the University of Athens. He has taught several courses in universities and colleges mainly in the field of international business and a business simulation game. His main scientific interests fall into international business, financial management, business intelligence and business ethics. He is also the former president of the University of Piraeus Alumni Association and a scout leader for fifteen years.

Business Intelligence in multinational companies: The present and the - not so far - future

During the last thirty years, business intelligence has an increasingly important role in business life. It contributes by collecting and analyzing data from both internal and external sources, sharing information and extracting reports, which help managers to take the best possible decisions. Business Intelligence is technology-driven and involves a variety of tools and methodologies used. It is also a dynamic procedure that varies among firms form different countries or in different industries. Hence, in order to face this complexity, we should capitalize on the deep knowledge of different aspects and trends of business intelligence.  This paper aims to demonstrate differences between current practices and future trends. Insurance, technology and services industries have the highest penetration of business intelligence functions. At the same time, according to surveys, data quality management, data discovery and self-service business intelligence are the most remarkable trends of business intelligence experts. It is also believed that concerning the future, business intelligence and business analytics will be combined within the same platform in order to have more accurate and effective strategies. Finally, as the main objective of firms, which use business intelligence tools, is to improve their revenues, we can understand the high importance of such tools in, especially, multinational firms. These topics will be covered by the current paper which will also act as a review paper that connects business intelligence and multinational company.




Despoina Caminis  

Despoina Caminis studied in France Humanities (Maitrise and DEA at the University of Rouen France) and Business Administration (executive MBA, at the University of Piraeus, Greece). She is a senior professional in Strategic Business development. During her professional career, she has managed a significant number of strategic partners (B2B and Β2C) and planned, coordinated and supervised more than 1000 conferences, events, projects and international exhibitions.  Since 2017, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Piraeus. Her research interests fall within the area of Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence.  

The Value of Business Intelligence Systems within the Corporate Governance Values Mechanism  

The era of the new technology gained entrance in all aspects of the corporateenvironment and had a valuable contribution to the higher level of the corporate administrative mechanism. Corporate global context is more complex and needs intelligent solutions to improve the performance of the governing body for the control and direction of the corporate mechanism. By this meaning, corporate governance systems expect business intelligence systems to be a valuable resource in the decision-making process. The economic value of the information that business intelligence systems are providing, will bring utility to the performance of the corporate governance mechanism, by reducing information asymmetry on agency problems and by enhancing transparency and security. Corporate transparency, security and information disclosure are the Corporate Values that are nowadays embedded to a corporate governance network between directors and shareholders and stakeholders.  Technological operations related to the business intelligence systems like Blockchain technology, are suggested from the International organizations such as OECD, to map the basic purposes of corporate governance against the basic properties of blockchain technology. Board efficiency is based on these performance levers that will lead modern corporations to a long-term progress and continuous transformation to achieve sustainable goals.