School of Science and Technology Faculty

Dr Vassilios Peristeras

Course(s):Digital Business Strategy
Digital Organisations: eCommerce and eGovernment


Dr Vassilios Peristeras

Asst Prof. Vassilios Peristeras

I am Assistant Professor at the International Hellenic University, School for Science and Technology in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Public Governance Institute, Belgium.

My teaching and research focus on the areas of business information systems, eGovernment, eParticipation, eCommerce, interoperability, open and linked data, information management strategies and semantic web technologies. I always try to create bridges between the business and technology worlds, as well as between scientific/academia and professional communities. I enjoy working for the digital transformation of modern organisations.

From 2010 – 2016, I have worked as Programme Manager in the European Commission, Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administration (ISA/ISA2) Programme being in charge for semantic interoperability and open data. During this period, I contributed to several initiatives including the following:

I’ve been Research Fellow and eGovernment cluster leader in the Digital Enterprise Research Institute in Galway, Ireland (now INSIGHT). There amongst others, I initiated DCAT (the Data Catalogue vocabulary), currently a W3C standard, together with my master student Fadi Maali and Richard Cyganiak. DCAT-AP, currently a de facto open data standard in Europe as discussed above, is an application profile based on DCAT.

Before that, I worked as researcher and consultant in various organizations, including the United Nations, Department of Public Economy and Public Administration (DPEPA) (2000-2003) and the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. I initiated and coordinated several international R&D projects in the area of Electronic Government (e.g. Infocitizen,, SemanticGov, etc).

I’ve published over 100 scientific papers and served as editor, program committee member and reviewer in more than 60 scientific journals, books, conferences. The Publish or Perish tool on 01/04/2017, gives me an H-index of 25 and more than 2000 references to my work.


You can find my detailed CV with full list of publications here. A list of publications indexed in DBLP can be found here.




Digital Business Strategy

Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 30 Hours, 6 Credits
Course Assessment: Exam & Coursework



The course provides students with the ability to analyze the drivers of competitive strategy and apply strategic management principles across a range of organization types. Additionally, the course presents frameworks for identifying the challenges of various competitive environments and discusses useful analytical approaches applied in widely different strategic problems. Students understand how to build a strategically responsive e-Business organization by tuning systems, structures and people to strategy, and how to effectively manage the process of strategizing.


Learning Outcomes

On completing the course students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of strategic management
  • Analyze the global business environment and critically discuss its impact on contemporary strategic thinking
  • Prepare and deliver senior management reports and presentations
  • Justify and promote strategic initiatives, such as adopting a new technology and contribute to strategic technical decisions
  • Define and quantify the benefits, costs, risks and time-scales associated with new strategic initiatives
  • Demonstrate an array of skills and techniques for evaluating emerging technologies in enterprise and e-Business applications
  • Understand the key issues and frameworks that e-Business practitioners need to grapple with



  • The global business environment and the strategic context
  • Business strategy and strategic management
  • Strategy selection and formulation
  • Corporate objectives, organizational analysis and environment scanning
  • Strategic analysis: Internal and external analysis
  • Financial and non-financial comparative measurement, PEST and market scanning
  • Strategic planning: Optimization, co-ordination and negotiation approaches
  • Appropriate tools and techniques: SWOT, TOWS, scenario planning, portfolio planning, value chain analysis and crafting strategy
  • Managing and planning the transition to e-Business
  • Emergent e-Business models



Campbell, D., Edgar, D., & Stonehouse, G. Business Strategy: An Introduction, 3rd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Combe, C. Introduction to e-Business: Management and Strategy, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.

Jelassi, T., & Enders, A. Strategies for e-Business: Concepts and Cases, 2nd Edition. FT/Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2008.

Johnson, G., Scholes, K., & Whittingtoon, R. Exploring Corporate Strategy, 8th Edition. FT/Prentice Hall, 2008.