Head of Department for Accounting, Economics and Finance
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I am Head of Department for Accounting, Economics and Finance and a Principal Lecturer. Currently I am in the final stage of completing my PhD thesis at the University of Roehampton; previously I have studied at the Universities of Oxford (BA(Hons) and MA), Aston (MSc) and Wales (PGCE with Distinction). Prior to joining here in June 2003 I worked in a variety of roles at Orange and France Télécom R&D and as a researcher at the University of Oulu in Finland.
I am an active member of the Governance, Accountability and Social Justice research theme. The aim of my intellectual project is to critically examine the interplay between information and communications technologies and atypical professions. In service of this project I conduct ethnographies and draw upon concepts from critical theory and literature. This is illustrated by a recent paper, ‘Selling their soul for their cunning: Employee experiences of smartphones they invoked’, which uses the metaphor of Doctor Faustus to elucidate the acquisition, and actuality, of mobile technologies amongst R&D engineers. An earlier variant was awarded Best Paper in the Critical Thinking in the Management of Information and Communication Technologies stream at the 5th International Critical Management Studies Conference. This is also illustrated by my PhD thesis which uses the synthesis of three different dimensions of social practice by Nicos Mouzelis to explore resistance to information and communication technologies in a monastery in the Monks’ Republic of Mount Athos in Greece. The thesis is set within the context of OTE (the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization) using Mount Athos as a WiMAX network trial site, enabling broadband services there for the first time.
My thesis was enabled by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Holy Community of Mount Athos. In addition, I have worked with others on two funded research projects. Intelligent Voice System, with internal colleagues, elicited and analysed requirements for a system to assist people having a laryngectomy or glossectomy to communicate. This research demonstrated that for these marginalised people the existing technological solutions were inadequate. Religious Roots of Information Systems, with collaborators at the Universities of Salford and Lincoln, explored tensions in the field of information systems, such as over artificial intelligence and technological determinism, which emerge as the result of religious presuppositions.
I have taught a variety of modules from first year undergraduate to postgraduate level, especially those where technologies and organisations interact such as Technology Adoption, Technology Project Management and Business Analysis. I also serve as Programme Director for the MSc/PgD/PgC in Computing, Finance and Information Management, Information and Communication Technology Management, Mobile Technologies and Technology Project Management. A particular focus of my current role is leadership of learning and teaching. As well as mentoring new academic staff this entails strategy and innovation, both areas in which we have been commended in recent validation, periodic and elective review events. In addition I work with industry partners, such as Principality Building Society, Logica and BT, to integrate practitioner insights into the design, development and delivery of our curricula.