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PHD Business Administration, European

I hope very much to study towards the Ph.D. in Business Administration at XXXX University. I look forward to contributing in creative ways to the diversity of your academic community. I was born and raised in Athens, Greece but I am well read and well traveled and consider myself a global citizen. I look forward to a long career in business research with an international focus. XXXX University is my first choice for graduate study for several reasons, especially the research interests of the faculty and the highly multinational character and focus of the program.

I think my professional experience is the single greatest strength that I can offer to the program. I am especially inspired by the prospect of a career in academia. I want to pursue graduate work with an area of specialization in Strategic Management. My long term goal is to become either a university professor or a manager in a large organization.

The single-most important educational experience that I have had was participating from 1994 through 1996 in a special program of the Greek Parliament for students of Political Science and Public Administration. I have an M.S. Degree in Applied Economics and Finance from XXXX University of Economics and Business and dual BS degrees, in Law as well as Political Science and Public Administration, both from the XXXX University in Athens. At the center of my research interests for graduate school is the way that, by adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain a competitive edge and increase their market share. In this general context, I am especially fascinated with the growing demand for 'green' products and the major new markets in which sharp-eyed eco-entrepreneurs are posed to reap rewards.

I am interested in the strategies and tools that companies can draw on to turn the principle of sustainability into practical, effective solutions. I also very much look forward to studying the origin or generation of new firms, innovation, and performance. I am particularly concerned with the fact that a large proportion of new firms die within a few years of their creation. Thus I could easily envision myself writing a doctoral dissertation in the future on the performance of new "green" firms, focusing on their strategies for innovation and the commercialization of their ideas. I look forward to studying in depth the conditions that generate new business opportunities and the conditions that favour entrepreneurial activity across industrial sectors. I am drawn to the concept of technological regime as an aid to the interpretation of different patterns of innovation and the nature of opportunities that present themselves to entrepreneurs.

Recently, I have been interested in the way that attention has shifted in the literature on entrepreneurship from the identification of individual traits that tend to lead to success to an understanding of the processes through which individuals identify and exploit opportunities. I am fascinated by the concept of strategic choices in the overall context of entrepreneurial strategies.

From December of 2002 until the present, I have worked as a Senior Credit Officer with a major company in Athens. I review credit applications and make decisions concerning the granting of credit to our clients. My duties include presenting credit reports to the Board of Directors.

Prior to this position, I worked for just over a- year-and-a-half as a trainee Legal Advisor. My duties included drawing up contracts and agreements, consultations, and the development of company plans and reports on company decisions and options. From 1996 through 2001, I worked with a company in the department of customer credit control, order management, and dispatching. I take deep pride in my organizational skills and my capacity to assure quality, speed, and accuracy in performing a broad diversity of tasks in a complex, multinational environment. Of singular importance is my identity as first and foremost a team player who always struggles to coordinate with the other members of my team. I have demonstrated my ability to produce high quality output, often within short deadlines. Along with highly refined communication skills, I have a strong sense of initiative, intellectual curiosity, and I am able to adapt quickly and flexibly to new demands.

I know most of Europe fairly well, having traveled in several countries, and I now seek the privilege of living in what I see as the most progressive area of the United States, the Bay Area. I consider myself to be a diverse, well rounded individual with much to contribute to the academic community. I have completed Military service with the Hellenic Army as a Military Police Sergeant (1999-2000) and I am a Member of the Board of Employees (at my current job), as well as the Athens Bar Association. Over the past six years, I have attended a broad variety of seminars and conferences in the areas of Banking, Consumer Credit, Public Administration, Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation, and Social Organization and Responsibility. For hobbies, I am an avid skier and soccer player. I love the Cinema, Theatre, and a good book. I think it is of central importance in life to satisfy one's vision and maintain a creative yet stable personal life.

Last but not least, as a member of the Board of Employees, I am able to express my passion concerning issues such as poverty, equality and especially equal opportunities in the working environment, as well as for environmental problems. Through my training in law, I have had the opportunity to become familiar with business legislation. This helps me to better understand how companies are organised and how they work from a legal point of view. I want to thank you for your consideration of my application.

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