Maria Kapsali

Maria Kapsali

Lecturer in Management Systems / Innovation Projects and Operations

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 347598

Maria Kapsali has been a lecturer in management systems theory at the University of Hull since 2014.

She was previously a research fellow at the Umea Universitet Sweden (2011-2014) and a research associate at Imperial College London (2009-2011).

Maria's specialist interests include systems theory in management with a specialty in the analysis of innovation and creativity in operations and projects.


Research Interests

  • Managing creativity and Innovation in complex temporary organisational systems

  • Systems thinking, co-ordination of relational and socio-cultural processes

  • Retroduction and multiple-case designs, narrative analysis mixed in combination with QCA, SNA and other analytical and pattern matching methods

Research groups

  • Centre for Systems Studies

  • Culture, Place and Policy Institute

  • Institute of Applied Ethics

  • Association for Project Management



Kapsali, M., 2013. 'Equifinality in Project Management exploring causal complexity in projects'. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 30(1), 2-14

Kapsali, M., Prouska, R., 2012. Book review: ’Bredin Karin and Söderlund Jonas, 2010, Human Resource Management in Project-Based Organisations - The HR Quadriad Framework'Scandinavian Journal of Management. 28: 197-198

Kapsali, M., 2011. 'How to implement innovation policies through projects successfully'. Technovation. 31(12):615-626

Kapsali, M., 2011. 'Systems Thinking in Innovation Project Management: a match that works'. International Journal of Project Management, 29(4): 396-407

Kapsali, M., 2010. 'Relating in project networks in Innovation Systems'. DRUID: Opening Up Innovation: Strategy, Organisation and Innovation

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Dissertation

  • Research Methods

  • Managing Operations and Systems

  • Business Project Management

  • Product and Process Innovation

  • Managing Organisational Resources

Research PhDs

Maria is interested in supervising student theses that contribute to systems theory in management with a specialty in the analysis of innovation and creativity in operations and projects.

Preferred theoretical focus: systems thinking, complex systems, process methods and qualitative comparative analysis - contracts, capabilities, emergent system structures and technology artefacts.

Completed PhDs

  • Mouza Mohamed Saif Al Hadhrami 2017, Understanding the Trajectory of Employee Volunteerism: An Exploratory Case Study in the Omani Public Sector," completed and submitted, viva in progress

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Ph.D. Manchester Business School: OPTIMA (Operations, Technology and Innovation Management) – THESIS: European policy and Operational Change

  • MSc  UMIST – Operations Management – DISSERTATION: Project Management in Marine Operations

  • BA Hons Business De Montfort – DISSERTATION: European Deepening and Business Structure

  • BTEC Business, Portsmouth

External roles

  • Serves as a reviewer for several journals

  • Member of systems groups and societies

Awards and accolades

  • 2011 - Tore Browaldh funded fellowship

  • 2012 - Outstanding Reviewer - the Emerald Literati Network, Emerald Pub Group Ltd

  • 2012 - Nominated for the Criticos Book Prize

  • 2002 - Won competitive PhD studentship from Manchester School of Management, UMIST

  • 2000 - Received the Best Student Award for the Year 2000 (Highbury C, Portsmouth)