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Salford Business School

Dr Stelios Sapountzis

Lecturer in Project Management


Stelios joined Salford Business School after an industrial career in manufacturing management that was followed by a research fellowship at the University of Salford.

He was a production manager for a world-class manufacturer, in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector. His role involved managing turnkey projects being in direct involvement with clients, as well as ensuring production line orientation, design and assembly sequencing of operations. In his early industrial career he was a process engineer, focusing on production / process optimisation and new product introduction.

Stelios joined the University in 2006 as research fellow in the School of the Built Environment. Bringing in his expertise in lean manufacturing and project/production management, he undertook the fundamental research around the development of the BeReal process (Benefits Realisation for Healthcare Infrastructure Projects). He was responsible for the overall management of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) for the University of Salford, managing the research portfolio, initiating consultancy activity and presenting the research work to international audiences and national bodies, such as the Community Health Partnerships, the Department of Health, NHS Trusts, National Audit Office, Office of Government in Commerce, Manchester City Council.


Stelios is currently a lecturer in Project Management across a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate courses, within Salford Business School and he is also a supervisor for PhD / MSc and MBA students.

He has developed and delivered research-led teaching material at all levels, in the area of benefits realisation in the management of projects and lean thinking. 

Research Interests

His research is within the fields of Project, Process and Operations management, investigating:

The role of benefits realisation in the management of projects;

Process optimisation and change management; and,

Applications of lean thinking.

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising doctoral students on the following topics:

Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Management,  Development of Special Economic Zones: Impact and Implications for Project Success, Policy barriers in the implementation of renewable energy programmes. 

I would be interested in supervising future doctoral students in the general areas of:

Project Management and Value generation, Efficient and Effective Project management through Benefits Realisation and Lean focusing in Healthcare and Redevelopment projects and programmes.

Qualifications and Memberships

Stelios holds a BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering and Management with Languages from Manchester Metropolitan University, with postgraduate studies (PgDip) in Advanced Manufacturing Systems and a Philosophy Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Project Management from the University of Salford.

His Ph.D. Thesis is titled:

An investigation into the development of an effective Benefits Realisation Process for Healthcare Infrastructure Projects’.


Stelios has published in journals, books and conferences and presented in a number of conferences and events.

A selection of publications is featured below, a full list of Stelios’s research profile can be found by following the link to his SEEK profile, on this page.


Marshall-Ponting, A & Kobbacy, K A H & Sapountzis, S & Kagioglou, M (2013), A multi-faceted approach to optimising a complex unplanned healthcare system. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 15(2/3), pp.239-248, ISSN print: 1742-7967, online:742-7975,


Sapountzis, S., Lima, J., Yates, K., and Kagioglou, M. (2011), BeReal: A benefits realisation process, From planning to delivery: effective benefits realisation’ a Consultative guide, The University of Salford, ISBN 978-1-907842-16-0, Manchester, UK.


Sapountzis, S., Yates, K., Lima, J., and Kagioglou, M. (2010), Benefits realisation: Planning and evaluating healthcare infrastructures and services in Kagioglou, M. and Tzortzopoulos, P. eds, Improving healthcare through Built Environment Infrastructure. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp 166-195, ISBN: 9781405158657,


Tillmann, P, Tzortzopoulos, P, Sapountzis, S and Formoso, C (2010), 'Gestao de beneficios na etapa de projecto em empreendimentos hospitalares do reino unido [Managing benefits in the design of healthcare facilities in the UK]’, Gestão & Tecnologia de Projetos, 5 (1), pp. 109-132, ISSN: 1981-1543.


Sapountzis, S., Yates, K. and Kagioglou, M., Aouad, G., (2009) “Realising Benefits for Primary Healthcare Infrastructures”, Facilities, Vol.27 No.3/4, pp.74-78, ISSN:0263-2772,