Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

Staff Profile

Dr Rebecca Casey

Co Director for Student Recruitment and Director of the fulltime MBA



Currently serving my third and final year as Degree Programme Director for the full-time MBA, I recently commenced the shared role of Director of Student Recruitment for the Business School with my colleague Jo Clark.

With a background in Information Systems Management, my passion is to contribute knowledge and understanding about digital futures.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-Director for Student Recruitment
  • Degree Programme Director for the full-time MBA


  • BSc and MA in Business and Information Technology with first class honors from Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship with Distinction from Newcastle University Business School
  • PhD in Information Systems Management from Northumbria University
  • The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland (formerly ICSA) Foundation Programme

Previous Positions

  • Lecturer in Information Systems and Project Management, Northumbria University
  • Research Fellow, Business School, Durham University
  • Research Internship, Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise
  • School Manager, Trinity College Dublin


  • Teaching Award from Northumbria University, 2017
  • Awarded a competitive bursary from the Northeast Regional Development Agency to complete an industrial project and study for the award of MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School. My research examined the effects of new workplace technologies on the work of technical repair engineers. The results of this project were presented in a report to the participating organisation and shortlisted for a regional award. A new nationwide coaching programme was implemented as a direct result of the research.
  • Rising Star Award, North East Recognition Awards, 2010
  • Runner Up, Blueprint Business Awards, 2009
  • Winner, TEDCO Business Awards, 2009


  • Member of the British Computer Society (BCS)
  • Associate Member of the Association for Project Management (APM)
  • Former Member of the APM Benefits and Value Management Specific Interest Group and former co-opted member of the APM North East Branch


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Current Work

I am currently working with health and care professionals to co-create a democratised and relational approach for realising digital value from investment in digital transformation initiatives.

Main Expertise

My current research interests include the evaluation of digital technologies, understanding emerging work practices and realising digital value. The impact from this research has resulted in the creation and facilitation of improved approaches, including a Realising Digital Value Playbook.

I am part of the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Digital Business research community at the Business School.

Funding Received

  • £5k from the SAGE Faculty Business Engagement Fund in 2023 to test and evaluate the use of the Realising Digital Value Playbook;
  • £5k from Digital Innovation in the Curricula Fund in 2022 to re-design the Digital Business module on the full-time MBA programme to incorporate contemporary approaches to digital transformation, including no-code/low-code applications development;
  • £2.3k from the HaSS Higher Education Innovation Fund in 2022 to develop an impact programme to support the dissemination, adoption and evolution of the Realising Digital Value Playbook;
  • £5k from the Association for Project Management in 2021 for the second phase of a research project investigating the enablers and barriers to adoption of benefits realisation management practices amongst APM corporate members;
  • £5k from the Institute for Social Sciences Pioneers Fund in 2020 to co-develop a Realising Digital Value Playbook;
  • £5.6k ESRC Innovation Fellowship in 2019 to undertake a twenty-day secondment with the Association for Project Management to evaluate the effectiveness of existing surveys in development knowledge and understanding about benefits realisation management practices.
  • £8.7k from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Award to co-develop a digital realisation strategy and toolkit specifically around Open Source innovations.
  • £5k from NHS Digital match funding to support the co-development of a digital realisation strategy and toolkit specifically around Open Source innovations.

Future Research

I am keen to work with organisations interested in developing their capability around realising value from digital transformation.

Postgraduate Supervision

I currently supervise six PhD students. Research topics include technology innovation, consumer relationships with artificial intelligence, identity work in policing, agile project management in the public sector and enterprise risk management.

Esteem Indicators

  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Member of the Association of Project Management (APM)
  • Prior member of the APM Benefits Management & Value Special Interest Group. Please see blog at https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/investing-in-change-top-tips-for-delivering-value-for-money/
  • Reviewer for Work, Employment and Society and Information Management
  • Guest Speaker at HMRC
  • Co-development of engagement, cross-fertilisation and enrichment activities with the National Innovation Centre for Data

Industry Relevance

Current and past research has directly impacted the work and organisation of professionals involved in digital transformation. Predominantly in the public sector but my research and impact extends to the private industry including a national utility company, an accountancy practice and management consultancy.

Media Appearances

Open to commenting on digital transformation projects, particularly in the public sector. I spoke about the development of the NHS Covid-19 App in the Business School's Podcast series in 2020.

You can find me quizzing the Directors of Strategy and Technology at the National Innovation Centre for Data as part of the Enterprise Academy Insights Talks on YouTube.


Main Expertise

  • Degree Programme Director for the full-time MBA programme.

I am module leader on the following postgraduate modules:

  • NBS8496 Digital Business 
  • NBS8296 Innovation Consultancy Project
  • NBS8416 Digital Technologies & Innovation Management