Lecturer job vacancy: Creative and Social Informatics group, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass the message on!

We are seeking to fill a vacancy for a lecturer post (grade 6, £38,183-£46,924, 2-year fixed term). The job is advertised on the University web site (along with the role description for lecturer posts) and jobs.ac.uk as ‘Lecturer in Business Information Systems’, with a deadline for applications of Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

The successful candidate will undertake teaching and research alongside colleagues in the Creative and Social Informatics group within the School of Computing. The Creative and Social Informatics group is one of three focus areas of the School for our research and teaching. (The others are Software Engineering, and Computer Networks and Security.)

The person appointed to the advertised role will be expected to contribute to the research activities of the Centre for Social Informatics (situated within the Creative and Social Informatics focus area).

Our research is concerned with ICT trajectories, socio-technical and organisational issues with particular focus on information seeking behaviour and use, democratic digital engagement, online communities, open data and open government, information policy and knowledge management. It is funded by a number of bodies including the UK research councils (AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC); government (for example, Skills Development Scotland); business; and professional bodies (for example, CILIP).

In REF2014 we contributed to the University’s submission to Unit of Assessment 36. 74% of the research output submitted was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The research environment also attracted a high score of 90% 4* and 3*. Our result puts us in the top quartile nationally for Unit of Assessment 36.

In terms of teaching, we are looking for someone who will contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate provision, including our new BSc IT Management for Business for Graduate Level Apprentices. We would be particularly interested in hearing from candidates who can bring skills in areas such as: information governance and security; systems analysis; information systems project management; and enterprise systems.

Further details of the knowledge, skills and experience required for the post are given in the job advert. NB all applicants are expected to hold a PhD (or to be about to complete one) in a relevant discipline.

Key dates

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017: deadline for applications
  • Thursday 25th May 2017: anticipated interview date
  • Tuesday 1st August 2017: ideal start date

Useful links and further information

Iris Buunk, Laura Muir, Marwa Salayma, Tom Kane, John Mowbray & Frances Ryan

Staff and research students from the School of Computing: Iris Buunk, Dr Laura Muir, Marwa Salayma, Dr Tom Kane, John Mowbray, Lyndsey Jenkins & Frances Ryan

Dr Brian Detlor appointed Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Brian Detlor

Dr Brian Detlor

Congratulations to Dr Brian Detlor on his appointment as Visiting Professor to the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. This appointment formalises Brian’s long-standing relationship with staff and research students in the Centre for Social Informatics.

Brian is currently Chair of Information Systems in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He is an international scholar who bridges the academic fields of information systems, information science, and business having published extensively in both the information systems and information science disciplines. His work has appeared in leading international journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, the Journal of Information Science, the Journal of Management Information Systems, the Information Systems Journal, and the Communications of the ACM. Continue reading

Success factors in information systems project management: newly published review of the literature

calculator, pen, and reportThe latest issue of Information Research is published this week. It includes the article ‘Factors, frameworks and theory: a review of the information systems literature on success factors in project management‘, which I co-authored with Dr Robert Irvine. This work is a critical evaluation of the literature on success factors in information systems projects, with a particular focus on organisational information systems development. In the article we identify four broad research themes on success factors in information systems project management. Continue reading

Prizes, papers, and a new publication on success factors in information systems development projects

John Mowbray's winning poster

John Mowbray’s winning poster

We currently have eight research students undertaking doctoral studies in the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) working on a variety of projects. While the goal of our students is to complete their theses within the degree registration period, it’s also important that they share news of their work as it progresses. A number of our current students have recently been busy taking advantage of opportunities to disseminate their research. New work on success factors in information systems projects co-authored by a PhD graduate has also been accepted for publication.

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Applications invited for Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor appointments within Edinburgh Napier’s School of Computing

I’m always excited when we advertise for new staff and research students, particularly when they are in my area. Who will apply? Who will be short-listed for interview? Who will be offered the job? How will the new appointee contribute to teaching of the Information Systems group? What will the new appointee bring to the research in the Centre for Social Informatics?

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Congratulations Dr Robert Irvine

Dr Robert Irvine

Dr Robert Irvine

Many congratulations to Dr Robert Irvine, who graduated with his PhD from Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

I co-supervised Robert’s doctoral study entitled Success factors for organisational information systems development projects: a Scottish suppliers’ perspective.

The starting point for Robert’s work was the acknowledgement that organisational information systems development (OISD) projects have long been associated with failure, and the cost of these failures is enormous. Yet, despite numerous previous studies, understanding of real-world projects is limited. In particular, Robert identified that little was known about the way in which various factors affect the success of OISD projects. In addition, Robert’s work concluded that earlier research has generally tended to focus on OISD projects from an in-house or client perspective, with the views of the supplier largely ignored.

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