Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

Staff Profile

Dr Rebecca Casey

Lecturer in Information Systems Mgmt



I joined Newcastle University Business School as a Lecturer in Information Systems Management and member of the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE) in January 2017. I am a Committee member for the Association for Project Management’s (APM) Benefits Management Specific Interest Group and a co-opted member of the APM North East Branch.

I am currently leading two ESRC Impact Acceleration Awards. The first is an evaluation project in collaboration with the Association for Project Management's Specific Interest Group on Benefits Management. The second involves working with Apperta Foundation to develop a Benefits Strategy and Toolkit for Open Source Innovation in the NHS.

My PhD was undertaken at Northumbria University and involved a thirteen-month ethnographic investigation into the development and application of Benefits Realisation of Information Systems within a National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust. This research project resulted in several evaluation reports for the Trust and a number of academic outputs including a Critical Approach to Realising Benefits (CARB).

Originally from the North East I spent many years living in Dublin where I completed a BSc in Business and Information Technology at Trinity College Dublin. In 2008 I returned to the UK where I won a competitive bursary from the North East 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.

I have worked for Durham University as a Research Fellow on a European FP7 project on organisational change in policing and for Northumbria University as a Research Assistant on Benefits Management Capability in the NHS and Lecturer in Information Management and Project Management for which I won a teaching award in 2015.

Google Scholar: Click here.


PhD from Northumbria University

MSc Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship with Distinction from Newcastle University

BSc Business and Information Technology with First Class Honors and MA from Trinity College Dublin


My research focuses on Realising Benefits from IS/IT investments, Digital Health, Information Systems Evaluation, Project Management of IS/IT, Business Intelligence and Critical Information Systems Research. The impact from this research has resulted in the facilitation of improved approaches, including a Critical approach to realising benefits (CARB). I am keen to work with organisations who are interested in developing their capability around realising benefits from IS/IT.

I am a member of the Association of Project Management (APM) and the APM Benefits Management & Value Special Interest Group. Please see my recent blog at https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/investing-in-change-top-tips-for-delivering-value-for-money/. I am currently leading a project with the APM to design and distribute a high quality survey on the barriers to adopting benefits management practices. My work also contributes to the world class research programme, Project X (#bettergovprojects).


I will be teaching on the following postgraduate modules:

  • NBS8263 Competing with Information Technology
  • NBS8496 Digital Business 
  • NBS8296 Innovation Consultancy Project

and the following undergraduate module:

  • BUS2036 Business Analysis and Business Analytics