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The Digital Transformation Research Group

The Digital Transformation Research Group is a cross-division research group based in Alliance Manchester Business School with links to other Schools across The University of Manchester

The group’s research concentrates around research themes that are driven by the transformative potential of digital technologies including mobile apps and digital platforms, artificial intelligence systems, blockchain and new financial technologies, the Internet of Things, cloud infrastructures and many more. The group is multidisciplinary in nature, with members coming from information systems, computer science, operations research and decision sciences, marketing and strategy.

The focus on the transformative potential of digital technologies is aligned with the University of Manchester’s Digital Futures initiative to engage in emerging research areas and to support Greater Manchester's ambitions to become a leading digital city. 

The Digital Transformation Research Group has direct links with some of the key digital initiatives across The University of Manchester, including Fintech and our Data Visualisation Observatory.

Group Members

  • Alaa Almirabi     
  • Amir Ashrafi      
  • Efthymios Rizopoulos    
  • Gerardo Quinones          
  • Hizal Hanis Bin Hashim  
  • Kathleen Kennedy          
  • Lavinia Rognone              
  • Maram Alalwan
  • Md Rifayat Islam              
  • Rawan Alhazmi 
  • Sharon Wandili 
  • Shuyu Li               
  • Tiantian Wang  
  • Tiantian Xian     
  • Vasileios Karountzos      
  • Xinyue Wang     
  • Zainab Atia         

Seminar Series

The Digital Transformation Research Group at AMBS is privileged to host academic experts presenting their latest research on digital transformation and related topics. Upcoming and past seminars appear below.

Date Venue Topic Speaker


In person and on Zoom

Exploring the limits of Inverse Generativity: A computational analysis of LLM platforms

Professor Hannes Rothe

Chair of Information Systems and Sustainable Supply Chain Management at University of Duisburg-Essen and lead the Place Beyond Bytes. Before, I have held an associate professor for Digital Transformation and Information Systems at ICN Business School and an assistant professor position for Educational Service Engineering and IT Entrepreneurship at the department of information systems, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). His research has been published in leading journals such as Information Systems Research, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Strategic Management Journal, Information Systems Journal, and Business Information and Systems Engineering. He was runner-up and winner of multiple paper awards, including the Claudio Ciborra Award for the most innovative paper in 2019. I am deeply embedded in the information systems and management research community and chair conference tracks on leading conferences of the information systems domain, e.g., on platforms and ecosystems, digital technology and diversity, or digital innovation in healthcare.

15/03/2024 In person and on Zoom Digital infrastructure design and innovation ecosystem formation

Professor Magnus Mähring

Magnus Mähring is the Erling Persson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovation at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is currently Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology and Director of the House of Innovation, which includes several research centres and a highly successful start-up incubator, the SSE Business Lab. He is also a Fellow at Hughes Hall and Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge University, and Co-director of the Swedish Centre for Digital Innovation.
His current research focuses on organizational transformation processes involving digital technologies, digital innovation, innovation ecosystems, and artificial intelligence in the workplace. His research is published in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Studies, Human Relations, California Management Review, Decision Sciences, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal and Journal of Strategic Information Systems.
He has previously served as Senior Editor for Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Information Systems Journal, and as Associate Editor for Information Systems Journal and MIS Quarterly; currently, he is an Associate Editor at Information Systems Research and International Advisory Board member at California Management Review.
Magnus serves on the jury of the Swedish CIO/Tech Awards since over a decade and was recently appointed member of the Swedish Government’s Digitalization Council.

11/04/2024 In person and on Zoom Performance Implications of Digital Disruption in Strategic Competition

Professor Jan Recker

Jan Recker is Nucleus Professor and holder of the chair for Information Systems and Digital Innovation at the Universität Hamburg. He is an AIS Fellow, a Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation as well as a Fellow of the Liechtenstein Chapter of the Association for Information Systems. He is holder of multiple editorial appointments for the leading journals in the field of information systems: he was Editor-in-Chief for Communications of the Association for Information Systems between 2015 and 2020, and he is presently Senior Editor for the MIS Quarterly. In his research, Jan explores how organizations deal with digital innovation, digital transformation, and digital entrepreneurship. Jan Recker’s research has appeared in leading journals in information systems, management science, organization science, computer science, and social science.

Date Venue Topic Speaker

11/10/2022, 1pm - 2.30pm

AMBS 3.049

Safeguarding against the Turing Trap with Augmented Human-Machine Learning 

Panos Constantinides

Panos is Professor of Digital Innovation and Digital Learning Lead for Executive Education at Alliance Manchester Business School. Previously, he held positions at the Warwick Business School (WBS), Lancaster University's Management School (LUMS), and the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, where he earned his PhD. His research focuses on the transformative potential of digital technology, including digital platforms, infrastructures and artificial intelligence. Panos currently serves as a Senior Editor at MIS Quarterly and a Senior Editor at Information & Organization. He has previously served as Senior Editor for the ISR Special Issue on Platforms and Infrastructures in the Digital Age, which examined the digital transformation of platform ecosystems across various sectors.

10/11/2022, 12pm - 2.00pm


Algorithmic Interactions in Open Source Work

Maha Shaikh

Maha is Reader in Digital Innovation at King’s College London. Her primary area of research is open source software development. The theoretical issues driving her research include the dynamics of learning and organizing in open source collectives, material agency, digital and open innovation, and algorithmic work. Prior to joining King’s College London, she was an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Warwick Business School. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for MISQ and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and Information and Organization. Previously she served as an Associate Editor for Information Systems Research (ISR) – 2018-2021.

Watch a recording on YouTube.

06/12/2022, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

AMBS 4.017

Reorganisation and Participation in Decentralized Platform Ecosystems: Evidence from Blockchain Forking

Dr. Ying-Ying Hsieh 

Dr. Ying-Ying Hsieh is Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School. She is also an Associate Centre Director of the Center for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering at Imperial College London. With a focus on organisation theory and strategy, Ying-Ying's research unpacks the coordination and governance mechanisms within blockchain-based decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). At a higher level, her research investigates how technological innovation enables novel forms of organising. Her research settings revolve around the context of the cryptocurrency industry (e.g., Bitcoin) and more broadly, the financial technology (FinTech) industry, with theoretical underpinnings of organization design and entrepreneurial strategy. Her recent work explores the adoption/diffusion and change of DAOs.

07/12/2022, 11.30am - 2.00pm

AMBS 4.014

Encouraging Eco-Driving with Post-Trip Visualized Storytelling: An Experiment Combining Eye-Tracking and a Driving Simulator

Dr. Ben Choi 

Ben Choi is an assistant professor in Information Technology and Operations Management at the Nanyang Technological University. Ben received his B Sci and PhD in Information Systems from the National University of Singapore. He has been named the Reviewer of the Year at the Journal for the Association of Information Systems (2020) and MIS Quarterly (2016). He has published multiple papers in premier information systems journals including Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, and Journal of the Association for Information Systems. His research interests focus on human-computer/robotic interactions, data visualizations, sustainability, and information privacy using various methods (i.e., lab/field experiments, surveys, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and physiological measurements, such as computer vision, GSR, and eye-tracking).


AMBS Penthouse

Prophets without Profits: What Next for Crypto-Asset Regulation?

Professor Wendy Currie

Wendy Currie holds a fractional post at the university of Bradford as Professor of Information Systems and Management. She is full-time at Audencia Business School, Nantes, France. She holds a PhD in Management (Henley Mangement College, UK), a BSc in Sociology (Kingston University, UK), and HDR from the University of Nantes, France. Her current research interests include digital transformation in financial markets, crypto-asset regulation and decentralised finance, government policy for managing large scale health IT projects, cross national comparisons in IT diffusion and adoption, and IT benchmarking and performance measurement. Working with Microsoft and a coalition of partners, she developed the TEMPEST model to benchmark health IT access and usage across EU member states. In 2012, she set up the journal Health Policy and Technology which she edited for five years. Her research is published in leading academic journals, with funding obtained from the ESRC, EPSRC and EU.


AMBS Penthouse

Brown Bag Seminar

  • Nikolay Mehandjiev, Professor University of Manchester, AMBS
    “Multi-level mixed-methods analysis of digital transformation in the R&D function of Unilever”
  • Tao Wen, PhD Student, University of Manchester, AMBS
    “Analyzing communication patterns and dynamics in an organizational hierarchy through social network analysis”
  • Aseem Pahuja, Assistant Professor, University of Manchester, AMBS
    “Metaverse valuation”


AMBS Penthouse

The Seesaw of Visibility: How Organizations Struggle for Dignity when Managing the Visibility of Personal Data

Professor Marta Stelmaszak

Marta Stelmaszak Rosa is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems. She holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and postgraduate degrees in Management, Information Systems and Innovation (also from LSE) and Data Science (Birkbeck, University of London). Marta’s key research interests concern data science and analytics, and their development and management within organizations. In her work, she combines traditionally conceptual and theoretical approaches to information systems research with quantitative, data-informed and computational tools with the aim to develop methodological techniques allowing for new insights for management research and practice. Her research program is geared towards information systems and management journals. She is committed to multidisciplinary teaching and keen to explore developing competencies needed for managers to work with data and analytics, and in the past she taught data, technology and e-business subjects at a number of institutions, including the London School of Economics and University College London. She serves as a reviewer for top journals and conferences in the field, and regularly organizes and volunteers at workshops and events.

Date Venue Topic Speaker

28/01/2022, 1pm - 2.30pm


Data network effects

Robert Wayne Gregory
Robert W. Gregory is Associate Professor of Business Technology at University of Miami Herbert Business School. He is also a Research Fellow with MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), Research Associate at Weatherhead School of Management's xLab. He co-founded and currently serves as President-Elect of the newly formed AIS special interest group on Digital Innovation, Transformation, and Entrepreneurship (SIGDITE). Robert's research program focuses on novel management and information systems phenomena related to the diffusion and innovation with digital technologies and the associated transformation of individuals, organizations, and markets. He serves as Associate Editor for Information Systems Research (ABS 4*/FT50) and Journal of the Association for Information Systems (ABS4).

Watch Robert's talk.

17/02/2022, 11am - 12.30pm

AMBS Penthouse

Digital Oil: Machineries of Knowing

Eric Monteiro
Eric Monteiro is professor at the Norwegian University of Technology. Eric’s primary field of interest is digitalisation of organizations. Key concerns include challenges of integration, change, and standardization. Particularly interested in the interplay between 'technical' and non-technical design decisions especially in large-scale ("infrastructural") projects. Empirically, his work has focused on the health care sector (Norway and developing countries) and the oil and gas sector. He is a senior editor at MISQ (ABS4*/FT50) and Information and Organization (ABS3) and served previously as Senior Editor at Information Systems Research (ABS4*/FT50) and Editor-in-chief of the SJIS (2001-2005)

Watch Eric's talk.

11am - 12.30pm

AMBS Penthouse

Biding Their Time: The Influences of Executive Compensation and Board Cybersecurity Intensity on SEC Data Breach Notification

Jason Thatcher
Jason Bennett Thatcher holds the Milton F. Stauffer Professorship in the Department of Management Information Systems at the Fox School of Business of Temple University. Jason’s current research examines technology use, cybersecurity, and strategic decisions about technology. His work appears in MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of the AIS. He has served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and Journal of the Association for Information Systems.

Watch Jason's talk.

01/04/2022, 11.30am - 1pm



Andrew Burton-Jones
Andrew Burton-Jones is a professor of business information systems at the University of Queensland Business School. He obtained his BCom (Hons) and M. Information Systems from the University of Queensland and his Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. Andrew researches how organizations can use IT more effectively (especially in the healthcare sector), how to improve systems analysis and design methods, and how to improve theories and methods in the IS discipline. He is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and is currently editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly (ABS4*/FT50).

11am - 12.30pm

AMBS Penthouse

The Digital X Phenomena

Abayomi Baiyere
Abayomi Baiyere is an Associate Professor at Digitalisation Department of Copenhagen Business School; a Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research and a visiting scholar at University of Turku. His research interest seats at the intersection of digital innovations, digital disruption and the societal impact of digitalisation. His studies have looked at digitalization issues from both an organizational and societal perspective - with focus on digital transformation, digital strategy, disruptive innovations as well as digital work. He currently serves as an associate editor of Information Systems Journal - ISJ and Information and Organisation.

Watch Abayomi's talk.

26/05/2022, 11am - 1pm

AMBS Penthouse

AI, management, and the impact of supervisory agents on social exchange

Nick Berente
Nick Berente is an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He studies how digital innovations like artificial intelligence technologies drive change in organizations and institutions. He teaches courses on Strategic Business Technology and is Co-Director of the GAMA Lab. Prof. Berente received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He was an entrepreneur prior to his academic career, founding two technology companies. He is the principal investigator for a number of U.S. National Science Foundation projects and has won multiple awards for his teaching and his research. Prof. Berente is associate editor for MIS Quarterly.

PhD Workshops

PhD workshops are run in joint by external academic experts and the academics affiliated with the Digital Transformation Research Group. The aim of these PhD workshops is to engage our PhD students on a number of academic practices, from applying different methodologies, writing papers for journals, presenting at conferences, reviewing and giving feedback to colleagues and applying for academic jobs.