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Prof Professor David Wainwright

Joint Head of the Digital Economy and Innovation Research Group

Department: Newcastle Business School

David is Professor of Information Systems. He is a former President of the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS), served as a UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) panel member and assessor for business and management, and is a joint Head of the Digital Economy and Innovation research group for the Newcastle Business School.

David Wainwright 1Professor David Wainwright plays a leading role in the Discipline of Information Systems both nationally and internationally. Professor Wainwright’s research focuses on the development of innovative sociotechnical/material methods using ‘soft operations management’ and process modelling methods aimed at understanding systems complexity, developing new forms of organisational design and enabling digital technology implementation. The impact from this research has resulted in improved facilitation of information systems adoption and implementation both within the public (healthcare information systems in Hospitals and Primary Care) and private (construction management, manufacturing and SMEs) sectors. This research and consultancy work, with leading peer reviewed publications and outputs spanning over 25 years, focuses on the impact of harnessing digital technology for strategic innovation and transformational change. David has developed and led Information Strategy and Innovation core modules on the MBA and MSc programmes at both Durham University and Newcastle Business Schools whilst successfully supervising 13 PhD completions to date. Professor Wainwright is a member of the International Association for Information Systems (AIS), the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) WG8.6 and the British Computer Society (BCS).


PhD, BSc (Hons), PGBIT, PGCE

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

David’s research focuses on the development, use and evaluation of innovative sociotechnical and sociomaterial methods to model complex systems involving human, organisational and technology interaction. The impact from this research has resulted in improved facilitation of information systems adoption and implementation both within the public (healthcare information systems in Hospitals and Primary Care) and private (construction management, manufacturing and SMEs) sectors. David is also an active consultant using his experience to translate research into practice for impact, whilst learning from practice to inform his research.

David’s research outputs span over 25 years with publications in leading international journals including the Association of Business Schools (ABS) listed and recognised top quartile journals such as: the European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Information Technology, the International Journal of Production Economics, the British Medical Journal, the International Journal of Production and Operations Management, and the International Journal of Information Management. David has won an emerald literati award for one of the best papers published in International Journal of Production and Operations Management and also best paper awards at conferences. His research has received contracts, grants and awards from funding bodies such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the NHS Service Delivery Organisation (SDO) and local health authorities as well as university HEIF and ERDF funded projects. 

Sponsors and Collaborators

Consultancy funded and research projects have included the facilitation at Board Level and development of Business Information Systems and Technology strategies with major (FTSE 500) companies such as Vickers Defence Systems (now BAE Systems), Grainger Property Ltd, Frank Haslam Milan (Keepmoat Group) Ltd as well as many organisations in the Property, Building and Construction SMEs, Healthcare NHS Trusts, University and Not for Profit sectors such as Newcastle City Council.

Key Publications

Selected Publications 2008 to Present

Small, A and Wainwright, D. (2014) SSM and technology management: Developing multimethodology through practice, European Journal of Operational Research, 3 (233). pp. 660-673.

Edwards, H., Childs, S., Oates, B., Wainwright, D. (2014) Yet another Journal! – Is there any need? Inaugural Editorial, The Evidence Based Information Systems Journal (EBIS), Vol. 1, Open Access Online,

Oates, B.J., Wainwright, D.W., Edwards, H.M. (2013) Endless Bad Projects, or Evidence-Based Practice? An Agenda for Action, in , IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Grand Successes and Failures in IT: Private and Public Sectors, Volume Editors: Dwivedi, Y., Henriksen H.K., Wastell, D. and De R., Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.

Waring, T.S. and Wainwright, D.W. (2013), “The Information Management and Technology Strategy of the UK National Health Service: Quo Vadis?”, Proceedings for the UK Academy for Information Systems 2013 Conference, Worcester College, Oxford University, March 18th to 20th, 2013. AISel publication,

Wainwright, D., Shaw, C. (2013) Modernising Pathology Services: Modelling Effective IT Project Collaboration, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol.26, No.4, pp. 268-282.

Small, Adrian, Zahiroddiny, Sonia, Udeaja, Chika, Wainwright, David and Greenwood, David (2013) Towards a prototype development for construction material procurement using SharePoint. International Journal of Construction Technology and Management , 1 (2). pp. 16-21. ISSN 2289 4454

Oates, B.J., Edwards, H.M., Wainwright, D. (2012) A Model-Driven Method for the Systematic Literature Review of Qualitative Empirical Research, Thirty ThirdInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012), “Digital Information in the Service Economy”, Orlando, Florida, USA, December 16-19th . AISel publication,

Wainwright, D., and Brooks, L., (2012) Special Section Editorial: The UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) 2012 Conference, Innovating Information Systems, The International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 303-306.

Waring, T., Wainwright, D., Skoumpopoulo, D. (2011) Management Utopia or User Dystopia? A Critical Analysis of a University Administration System, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2011), Shanghai, December 4-7th, 2011. AISel publication,

Aleke, B., Ojiako, U., Wainwright, D.W., (2011) Social networks among small agribusiness in Nigeria, Society and Business Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 214-228.

Aleke, B., Ojiako, U., Wainwright, D.W., (2011) ICT adoption in developing countries: perspectives from small-scale agribusinesses, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol.24, No. 1., pp. 66-84.

Wainwright, D.W. & Brooks, L. (2010) Making Sense of IT Vendor and Client Relationships: a Technological Frames Perspective, 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Sustainable IT Collaboration around the Globe, August 12-15th, Lima, Peru. AISel publication,

Mclean, R., Oliver, P., Wainwright, D.W. (2010) The myths of empowerment through information communication technologies: an exploration of the music industries and fan bases, Management Decision, Vol. 48, No.9, pp. 1365-1377.

Wainwright, D., Brooks, L (2010) Special Section Editorial: The UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) 2009 Conference: Positive Information Systems, International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 30, pp. 3-5.

Udechukwu, O., Maguire, S., Koh, L., Grainger, T., Wainwright, D. (2010) Softer Perspectives on Enhancing the User Experience using IS/IT, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol, 23, No. 2, pp.. 187-208.

Mclean, R., and Wainwright, D.W. (2009) Social Networks, Football Fans, Fantasy and Reality: How Corporate and Media Interests are Invading our Lifeworld, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol.7, No.1, pp. 54-71.

Wainwright, D.W., and Shaw, C. (2008) Managing a Pathology IT System Project: a case study, He@lth Information on the Internet, No. 66, December, pp. 6-7.

Waring, T.S., and Wainwright, D.W. (2008) Issues and Challenges in the Use of Template Analysis: Two Comparative Case Studies from the Field, Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, Volume 6, Issue, 1. ECRM Conference 2008, ISSN 1477-7029

Brooks, L., Atkinson, C., and Wainwright, D. (2008) Adapting Structuration Theory to Understand the Role of Reflexivity: Problematization, Clinical Audit and Information Systems, International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 453-460.

Wainwright, D., Brooks, L., and Roushan, G. (2008) Special Section Editorial The UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) 2008 Conference The Scope of Information Systems: Perspectives from Academia and Practice, International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 443-445.

Subject Group

Business Analysis Systems and Supply Chain Management

In today’s economic climate it is more essential than ever for organisations to ensure they are utilising the most up-to-date business processes, practices and digital technology to provide them with a strategic edge over competitors. The academic staff within this group have expertise and business experience in systems analysis, modelling complexity, business process management and engineering. They can model and analyse current business and Information Communication Technology (ICT) (Digital) systems to provide insight into where efficiency gains can be made and benchmark companies against industry standards and where necessary can provide bespoke training and development programmes for company staff. Members of the group have excellent skills in operations management methods and problem solving techniques and have considerable experience researching complex real world problems in both the private and public sectors.

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Current/Recent Projects

David holds positions on editorial boards of major journals and is a founding Co-Editor of the new Open Access Evidence Based Information Systems Journal launched in 2014.

HEIF Innovation Project Award
Title: Integration Ready? Technology in Health and Care
November 2014 – March 2015, Professor Teresa Waring (Newcastle Business School) and Professor David Wainwright (Newcastle Business School) (Principal Investigators)
Collaborators: Newcastle City Council (matched funding)

HEIF Impact Case Study Award
Title: Strategically Redesigning IT to improve NHS Hospital and Regional Diagnostics Services
2013 - ongoing, Wainwright (Principal Investigator)
Collaborators: County Durham and Darlington Hospitals Foundation Trust, Siemens Automation

EPSRC Industrial CASE Studentship Award
Title: The Design and Development of an Integrated Construction Management Information System (ICMIS) utilising Business Process and Collaborative Groupware Technologies
01/10/2006 – 01/03/2010, Wainwright (Joint Principal Investigator)
Collaborators: Koru Property and Construction Services Ltd, Gateshead.

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