My research interests mainly revolve around electronic business and its various sub-domains and high tech entrepreneurship. More specifically, my research aims to inform our understanding of how e-business technologies affect the social and business environment, organisational strategies and business models, and how these are implemented in terms of functional innovations. My work puts strong emphasis on innovation, new value creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities, within the context of different industries. Apart from the impact that the Internet and related technologies can have on businesses, I am also very much interested in the impact such technologies can have on individual users.
I am currently working on a number of e-related papers (e.g. on virtual worlds, political marketing and mobile video). A few of my publications may be also available in the e-print section of University's main web site.
- E-learning & Higher Education
- ICT Innovation, Adoption and Acceptance
- Social / New Media
- Virtual worlds / metaverses
- Internet and other emerging technologies
Apart from postgraduate dissertation supervision, I am supervising a number of doctoral students.
Editorial Boards Participation
I am one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Business Science & Applied Management (www.business-and-management.org) and a member of a number of editorial boards (e.g. the advisory board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change).
I was the principal investigator for the projects listed below.
- Newcastle University Institute of Social Renewal Project: Psychological process that determines post-retirement entrepreneurial intention Duration: 12/2014–06/2015 Funding: £1,250
- British Academy of Management E-business and E-government SIG Doctoral/ ECR Workshops Project: Organise 5 doctoral and early career research workshops on e-business and e-government. Duration: 11/2014–11/2015 Total Funding: £11,500
- Newcastle University Business School Research Fund Project: Enhancing the online brand experience Duration: 03/2014 – 06/2014 Funding: £1,000
- Newcastle University Enterprise Activity Support Fund Project name: Engage CMS Duration: 03/2014 – 07/2014 Funding: £25,000
- Newcastle University Research Internships Project: The use of space by a social enterprise / Social media and engagement Duration:06/2013 – 08/2013 Funding: £3,000
- Newcastle University Institute of Social Renewal
5 x Research and Engagement Projects on Social Renewal Duration:06/2013 – 07/2013 Funding: £4,350
- Newcastle University Research Internships Project: Web Site Change: Studying the diffusion of Internet technologies Duration:04/2012 – 07/2012 Funding: £3,000
- Newcastle University REF Fund & Business School Project: Studying 3D product authenticity Duration: 09/2010 – 08/2011 Funding: £3,000
- Newcastle University Teaching and Innovation Fund Award Project: Delivery of online taster courses Duration:04/2010 – 02/2011 Funding: £4,500
- Newcastle University Business Voucher Scheme Project: To improve the online presence and services of a local SME. Duration: 12/2009-01/2010 Funding: £4,000
- Newcastle University Teaching and Innovation Fund Award Project: Delivery of online taster courses Duration: 04/2009 – 10/2009 Funding: £5,000
- British Telecoms Research Fellowship Duration: 11/2008-02/2009 Topic: Online video services
- KTP: Developing and Implementing an E-Business System in Peacocks Medical Group Project jointly funded by the DTI, ESRC and Peacocks Medical Group under the Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP). To map and re-engineer the company's key business processes and put in place the supporting IT and e-business systems in order to improve competitiveness and customer services and reduce costs and lead-time. Duration 2005-2007 Funding £99,044
- Development and Implementation of the Online Resource Portal for British Academy of Management. Funding £17,625 Working with BAM Council and BAM Executive to specify, design, develop and implement an online resource portal for the British Academy of Management.
- Newcastle University HASS Faculty Teaching Fellowship Develop a management information system to facilitate institutional assessment strategies. Duration: 2006-2007 Funding £12,000