Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Karen Elliott

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation (FinTech)

Background

Background

Karen has research interests focus on FinTech (financial technology) within the Digital Economy and examining the Future of Work. She is Degree Programme Director for the Groningen Double Degree.

Within the digital economy, the FinTech industry is one of the major growth industries in the UK. These companies create new, cheaper and faster financial services, utilising the latest technologies such as cloud, mobile and blockchain. To succeed, underpinning the use of technology is a prerequisite of how to gain customers trust when the financial industry mortgage crisis almost a decade ago resides in consumers memories. FinTech organisations need to gain trust while technologies are rapidly changing while hacking and data breach events are a continuous feature in the news. Karen and Prof Aad van Moorsel (Computer Science) have recently been awarded a £1.2m EPSRC Research grant to work with Atom Bank (Durham) on optimising FinTech services. FinTrust will research the issue of trust in FinTech organisations, identifying the generic research challenges and establishing fundamental research results. A particular focus will be on increased automation through the use of machine learning algorithms, in short, trust engineering where the use of algorithms present challenges to consumer trust via the new services. Karen speaks at various events on FinTech including Dynamo conferences, Strathclyde FinTech Symposium and currently forms part of the Dynamo FinTech Steering Group collaborating with FinTech North to develop the NE FinTech ecosystem bringing, practitioners, government, financial regulators and academics together to engage in knowledge exchange and promote events.

Linked to the above initiative is examining the issues surrounding the Future of Work scaling Agile/Scrum software development methodologies for project management strategies and implementation. This aspect of Karen’s research will develop the three dimensions of complexity theory applied to Agile/Scrum methodologies (Maylor et al., 2013, 2015). Accounting for different scaling, adaptability and complexity configurations, this study deepens knowledge of the factors practitioners/managers face when addressing the differing levels of complexity and yet, professional training remains focused on addressing structural complexity i.e., planning and tasks involved in projects. In addition, enabling firms to understand how to adapt, scale and navigating today’s complex business landscape—the reported problematic socio-political and emergent complexity (i.e. Brexit) to maximise organisations performance potential including FinTechs. An empirical contribution is offered by utilising ‘fuzzy set’ Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) to examining complex strategic configurations.

Karen is an enthusiastic teacher, nominated for an outstanding contribution to teaching award and integrates her research within the digital ‘Future of Work’ sector to inform her modules, particularly focusing on embedding ‘industry’ skills to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. Karen currently supervises two postgraduate students who are conducting research into project management, entrepreneurship and FinTech. 

Karen has received in excess of £1m in research funding.

Speaking at the FinTech North Conference at Sage, 25th September 2019: see link below: https://www.finextra.com/pressarticle/79667/north-east-uk-prepares-for-fintech-conference

 

Bibliographic links

Academia.edu: https://newcastle.academia.edu/KarenElliott

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Karen_Elliott9

Publons: https://publons.com/author/1421939/dr-karen-elliott#profile

SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2888872

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=NZdXsO8AAAAJ&hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-elliott-3b692725/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elliott_kekite

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2455-0475

Roles and Responsibilities:

Degree Programme Director (DPD): Groningen Dual Award Programme, Newcastle University Business School;

Member of Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE) Research Group

 

 

Research

Research Interests

Digital Economy - FinTech, Cyber Security, Programme and Project Management, Complexity Theory, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Agile/Scrum Methodologies, Organizational Ecology, Organisational Behaviour and Behavioural Psychology (Trust).

Current Work

Academia.edu: https://newcastle.academia.edu/KarenElliott

Publons: https://publons.com/author/1421939/dr-karen-elliott#profile

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Karen_Elliott9

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=NZdXsO8AAAAJ&hl=en

SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2888872

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-elliott-3b692725/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elliott_kekite

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2455-0475

Research Roles

Member, Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE) Research Group
Member, NUBS Research & Ethics Committee

Postgraduate Supervision

Daniel Lee (PhD, due to graduate July 2021)
Clare Heron (PhD (PT), due to graduate July 2019))

Esteem Indicators

2018 (2016) - KEYNOTE of ‘Fintech Week’ panel regarding the future of financial technologies – Strathclyde University requested by the Financial Sector in Scotland with the Technology and Innovation Department (02/09/2016 and 21/09/2018).

2017 - ‘Unruly Innovation’, After Money Symposium, University of Edinburgh Business School.

 

2014 - Université Catholique de Louvain - An fsQCA analysis of Cognitive Organization Theory (COT): organization inertia and change cascades in Police Forces across the EU – UCL, Belgium, upon invitation by Professor Benoît Rihoux, COMPASSS – QCA Organization.

 

Expert panels/consultancy:

2018 - Expert Panel Member – ‘The future of challenger banks’, Dynamo Conference 18 Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University.

 

2018 - ESRC expert consultant – provided advice for ESRC Report ‘Fintech and the future of financial services’ prepared by Professor Alistair Milne, Loughborough University.

 

2016 - Expert Member of Research Methods Development (RMD) Consortium (2014), upon invitation of Prof. Todd Alessandri, D’Amore Business & Strategy Group, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. This involves a series of webinars to a panel of experts covering the subjects of Publishing; Research Design; Teaching/Networking; Contribution to knowledge and ‘Methods matter–the future’.

 

External Examiner: PhD, University of Antwerp (BEL).

 

Referee:
Academy of Management (AOM); Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management; Human Resource Development International (HRDI) Journal; The Open Psychology Journal; International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research; The European Journal of Finance; Journal of Asian Business & Management.

 

Editorial Board Member: Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

 

External Examiner: PhD, University of Antwerp (BEL).

 

Funding

EPSRC Fund with Computer Science Faculty, 1/18, £1.2m

Social Entrepreneurship Impact ESRC, 06/17-06/18, £8k

FinTech network development (with Durham University), £7.5k, 06/17-06/18, £3k 

HaSS Learning and Teaching fund (2018-190), Agile/Scrum Professional Training pilot for student education and industry readiness, £3k.

Industrial Relevance

Karen is a qualified practitioner in PRINCE2, Management of Risk (MoR), Change Management, Management of Value (MoV) and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), representative for PMI NE Chapter and APM for the Business School.  Her work is informed by collaboration with industry practitioner on a regional, national and international level.

Keywords

FinTech; Cyber Security; Future of Work; Agile/Scrum; Complexity; QCA; Programme, Project, Risk and Change Management; Business Strategy and Processes.

 

 


Teaching

NBS8062 – Research Methods (ABC, ICE and eBIS programmes)

NBS8494 – Programme and Project Management (MBA)

NBS8234 – Programme and Project Management (eBIS)

NBS8328 – International Project Management (International Management Practitioner)

 

Publications