Professor David Brown

Professor

Research Overview

My main research interest has two separate but linked strands. Firstly, strategic studies including strategic information systems and e-business, secondly the application of these strands internationally, especially in transitional economies. Current research includes: E-business adoption in micro SMEs; complex ICT adoption in SMEs in UK, Jamaica, China and Bahrain; interaction between ICT adoption and quality standards in auto manufacturing in Turkey. Complementing this is strategy and policy work including: strategic alliances; strategic ICT in Saudi healthcare; public programme policy implementation of ICT in UK SMEs; equality and diversity within the Anglican Church. The majority of work is strongly organisationally based, including action research and SSM.

ES adoption and implementation as a process of innovation: knowledge learned from Chinese SMEs using an institutional theory perspective
Xu, Z., Brown, D.H., Stevenson, M. 07/2016
Conference paper

ES adoption in Chinese SMEs: institutional effects on users and providers
Xu, Z., Brown, D.H., Stevenson, M. 20/03/2016 In: Proceedings of UKAIS 2016. UKAIS 23 p.
Paper

User and provider perspectives on ES engagement by Chinese SMEs: a process analysis
Xu, Z., Brown, D., Stevenson, M. 4/05/2015 In: The 14th International Conference on e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise Information Systems, and e-Government (EEE'15) . p. 61-68. 8 p.
Paper

Adoption and implementation of enterprise systems in small and medium sized enterprises in China: an analysis of engagement between user and provider in the context of governmental policies
Xu, Z., Brown, D., Stevenson, M. 21/04/2015
Conference paper

Adoption of enterprise systems in Chinese SMEs: contrasting user and provider experiences
Brown, D., Xu, Z., Stevenson, M. 20/04/2015 In: ICIME 2015 5th International Conference on IS Management and Evaluation - Shaanxi, China . Reading : Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited p. 10-19. 10 p.
Paper

The role of improvisation in IST planning and provision in UK SMEs
Hamamra, A., Brown, D., Devadoss, P. 2014
Conference paper

Stakeholder dynamics in strategic ICT projects: appreciative systems perspective.
Al-Ghaith, T., Brown, D., Worthington, D. 10/09/2013
Conference paper

Stakeholder dynamics in strategic ICT projects
Al-Ghaith, T., Brown, D., Worthington, D. 15/08/2013
Conference paper

Third party IT provision in UK SMEs: an improvisational strategy perspective
Hamamra, A., Brown, D., Devadoss, P. 2013
Conference paper

Understanding the causes of informal and formal discretion in the delivery of enterprise policies: a multiple case study
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 2013 In: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 31, 1, p. 102-118. 17 p.
Journal article

Improvement of the public support to SMEs: policy and research implications
Vega, A., Brown, D., Chiasson, M. 8/11/2012
Conference paper

The improvement of the public assistance to SME innovation: the role of governments, universities and industry
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 8/08/2012
Conference paper

Considerable discretion in the implementation of enterprise policy: the influence of policy contexts
Vega, A., Brown, D., Chiasson, M. 11/04/2012
Conference paper

What can we learn from the qualitative evaluations of the public assistance to SMEs?: a new but necessary practice
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 9/01/2012
Conference paper

Open Innovation and SMEs: Exploring Public Policy and the Scope for Improvements in University Based Public Programmes through a Multidisciplinary Lens
Vega, A., Brown, D., Chiasson, M. 2012 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 18, 4, p. 457-476. 20 p.
Journal article

Qualitative approaches as formative evaluations: the missing link in the public support to SMEs
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 2012
Conference paper

Sustaining growth of China's SMEs through ICT: Recent experiences of policy initiatives and their implementation
Brown, D., Wang, Q. 2012 In: Rising China in the Changing World Economy. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Discretion in the implementation of policies for the informatisation of SMEs
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 11/11/2011
Conference paper

Adoption and Programme Contexts in the Support to the Informatisation of SMEs
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 9/11/2011
Conference paper

Strategic Alliance performance: Economic Logic or Sensemaking?
Brown, D., Rinfret, L., Clarke, I. 15/08/2011
Conference paper

Stakeholders’ dynamics influence on ICT strategic projects in Saudi public hospitals: appreciative system concept – a ‘work in progress’ perspective
Al-Ghaith, T., Brown, D., Worthington, D. 8/06/2011
Conference paper

A revisited performance impact of the public assistance to SME innovation: policy consequences and a complementary evaluative approach
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 2011
Conference paper

Donor Project funded ICT Initiatives in the Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) Sector of Asian Developing Countries: A Systems Approach to Managing Project Intervention Processes
Gunawardena, G., Brown, D. 2011 In: ICTs for Global Development and Sustainability: Practice and Applications. Hershey, Pa. : Information Science Reference p. 269-301. 33 p. ISBN: 9781615209972.
Chapter

Institutional Intervention in SMEs ICT Adoption: A Network Perspective
Brown, D., Dunning-Lewis, P., AlFadhel, S. 2011 In: AMCIS 2011 Proceedings. p. Paper 251. 15 p. Electronic ISBN: 978-0-615-50707-1.
Conference contribution

Priorities, policies and practice of e-government in a developing country context: ICT infrastructure and diffusion in Jamaica
Brown, D.H., Thompson, S. 2011 In: European Journal of Information Systems. 20, p. 329-342. 14 p.
Journal article

Systems of innovation, multidisciplinarity and methodological pluralism: a realist approach to guide the future of information systems research and practice
Vega, A., Brown, D. 2011 In: Researching the future in information systems. Berlin : Springer p. 249-268. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Strategic Alliance Performance: Structural and Behavioural Factors
Rinfret, L., Brown, D., Clarke, I. 15/09/2010
Conference paper

A systems perspective to improve the public suport to enterprise innovation: The case of Information systems diffusion in SMEs
Brown, D., Vega, A., Chiasson, M. 6/09/2010
Conference paper

How SMEs are accessing and using enterprise software: Experiences of UK based SMEs from choice through to evaluation
Brown, D., Ford, A. 09/2010
Conference paper

Strategic Alliance Evaluations: A Framework for Understanding managers Perspectives
Brown, D., Rinfret, L., Clarke, I. 13/08/2010
Conference paper

Stakeholders’ dynamics in ICT strategic projects in Saudi public hospitals: appreciative system concept – a ‘work in progress’ perspective
Al-Ghaith, T., Brown, D., Worthington, D. 14/07/2010
Conference paper

Critical realism, multidisciplinarity and methodological pluralism: a systematic approach to guide information systems research and practice
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2010 In: 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) (Lima, Peru) - 2010. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

How much the role of the other? Universities as policy-makers in the enterprise innovation arena
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2010 In: The VIII Triple Helix Conference (Madrid, Spain) - 2010. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Public programme contexts and their influence on enterprise innovation: the case of university outreach activities
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2010 In: The VIII Triple Helix Conference (Madrid, Spain) - 2010. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Setting up university support to small and medium enterprise innovation: managerial, policy and research implications
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2010 In: Engage HEI (Higher Education Institutions) 2010 Conference (Bradford) - 2010. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

The effects of innovation process and programme contexts on the implementation of public services: the worrying case of enterprise innovation
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2010 In: 14th International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Conference (Berne, Switzerland) - 2010.
Conference contribution

Evaluation of beta-alanine- and GABA-substituted peptides as inhibitors of disease-linked protein aggregation
Madine, J., Wang, X., Brown, D.R., Middleton, D.A. 17/08/2009 In: Journal of Family Psychology. 10, 12, p. 1982-7. 6 p.
Journal article

Developing China's SMEs: Insights into ICT Policy initiatives
Brown, D., Wang, Q., See-To, E. 23/07/2009
Conference paper

Sustaining the growth of China's SMEs through ICT
Brown, D., Wang, Q. 16/04/2009
Conference paper

Relative size and complexity: e-business use in small and medium sized tourism enterprises in Thailand
Kaewkitipong, L., Brown, D.H. 2009 In: Journal of Enterprise Information Management. 22, 2, p. 212-231. 20 p.
Journal article

Strategic alliance performance: a critical review of the literature
Rinfret, L., Clarke, I., Brown, D.H. 2009 In: Academy of Management Conference (Chicago) - 2009.
Conference contribution

Sustaining the growth of China's SMEs through ICT: recent experience of policy initiatives and their implementation
Brown, D.H., Wong, Q. 2009 In: Fudan International Conference on Sustainable Development (Shanghai) - 2009. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Change Agents Intervention in E-Business Adoption by SMEs
Thompson, S., Brown, D. 15/08/2008
Conference paper

Adoption and evaluation of e-business in Thai SMEs: a process perspective
Kaewkitipong, L., Brown, D.H. 2008 In: 14th Americas Conference on Information Systems (Toronto) - 2008.
Conference contribution

Extending the research agenda on diffusion: the case of public program interventions for the adoption of e-business systems in SMEs
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2008 In: Journal of Information Technology. 23, p. 109-117. 9 p.
Journal article

IS Initiatives in Technical and Vocational Education in developing Asian Countries: a systems approach to the management of projects
Gunawardena, C., Brown, D. 2008
Conference paper

IS initiatives in technical and vocational education in developing Asian countries: a systems approach to project management
Gunnawardena, C., Brown, D.H. 2008 In: Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (Suzhou) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

E-business, innovation and SMEs - the significance of hosted services and firm aggregations
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2007 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. 7, 1, p. 92-112. 21 p.
Journal article

Entrepreneurs'' attitude towards the computer and its effect on e-business adoption
Robertson, A., Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H., Crouchley, R. 2007 Lancaster University : The Department of Management Science
Working paper

Extending the research agenda on diffusion of innovations: the role of public programs in the diffusion of e-business innovations
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D. 2007 In: Organizational dynamics of technology-based innovation. Berlin : Springer p. 379-392. 14 p. ISBN: 0387728031, 9780387728032 . Electronic ISBN: 9780387728049.
Chapter

Extending the research agenda on diffusion of innovations: the role of public programs in the diffusion of e-business innovations
Vega, A., Chiasson, M., Brown, D.H. 2007 In: The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group Conference (Manchester) - 2007. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Patterns of ERP adoption and implementation in China and some implications
Brown, D.H., He, S. 2007 In: Electronic Markets. 17, 2, p. 132 - 141. 10 p.
Journal article

Policy initiatives and their impact on the development of ICT in Jamaica
Thompson, S., Brown, D.H. 2007 In: Developing Successful ICT Strategies: Competitive Advantages in a Global Knowledge-driven Society. Hershey : Information Science Reference ISBN: 9781599046549.
Chapter

The search for innovators and early adopters of e-collaborative technologies within small and medium sized enterprises in the UK
Robertson, A., Crouchley, R., Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2007 Lancaster University : The Department of Management Science
Working paper

Aggregation and the role of trusted third parties in SME e-business engagement: a regional policy issue
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2006 In: International Small Business Journal. 24, 1, p. 379-404. 26 p.
Journal article

E-Business and the small firm
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2006 In: Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy. London : Prentice Hall
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The use of hosted enterprise applications by SME: a user perspective
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2006 In: Electronic Markets. 16, 1, p. 85-96. 12 p.
Journal article

Adoption of ERP in China
Brown, D.H., He, S. 2005 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (Omaha, USA) - 2005. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

An ASP perspective of e-business engagement by SME aggregations
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2005 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (Omaha, USA) - 2005. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

An SME perspective of vertical application service providers
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2005 In: International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems. 1, 2, p. 1-18. 18 p.
Journal article

Challenges for China's development: an enterprise perspective
Brown, D., MacBean, A. 2005 London : Routledge. 180 p. ISBN: 0415341337, 9780415341332.
Book

China's macroeconomic environment and enterprise challenges
Brown, D.H., MacBean, A.I. 2005 In: Challenges for China's Development: an Enterprise Perspective. London and New York : Routledge p. 1-11. 11 p. ISBN: 0-415-34133-7.
Chapter

Corporatisation reform of large Chinese state-owned companies
Brown, D.H., Zhang, Y. 2005 In: Proceedings of the China Economic Association Conference 2005 (London, UK) - 2005. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

ERP implementation in Chinese organisations: some emerging patterns
Brown, D.H., He, S. 2005 In: Proceedings of the China Economic Association Conference 2005 (London, UK) - 2005. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Insights into strategy development in China's TVEs
Brown, D.H., Zhang, Y., Qi, H. 2005 In: Challenges for China's Development: an Enterprise Perspective. London and New York : Routledge ISBN: 0-415-34133-7.
Chapter

Preface to the focus theme section: SMEs and e-business
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J., Schubert, P. 2005 In: Electronic Markets. 15, 2, p. 76-78. 3 p.
Journal article

Reluctant partners - small firms and e-business?
Brown, D.H. 2005 In: 21st Century Business Review. 8
Journal article

The relevance of Soft Systems Methodology in implementing CRM applications in SMEs
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H., Sissons, A. 2005 In: Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 28th National Conference (Blackpool, UK) - 2005. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

The use of hosted applications by SMEs: a user perspective
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H., Kaewkitipong, L. 2005 In: Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 28th National Conference (Blackpool, UK) - 2005. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

SMEs ability to go global -relevance of aggregation and critical e-applications in outsourcing
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2004 In: The Handbook of Outsourcing. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company ISBN: 0-566-08624-7.
Chapter

Strategic readiness of China's enterprises in an era of transformation
Brown, D.H., Qi, H. 2004 In: International Journal of Applied Human Resource Management. 5, 2
Journal article

The potential of critical a-aggregation applications for engaging SMEs in e-business
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2004 In: European Journal of Information Systems. 13, 1, p. 21-34. 14 p.
Journal article

The strategic impact of vertical application service providers
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2004 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) (New York City ) - 2004. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

An interpretive framework for the investigation of e-business engagement by SMEs: the construction industry
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2003 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Innovations affecting SMEs and e-business with reference to strategic networks, aggregation and intermediaries
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2003 Lancaster University : The Department of Management Science
Working paper

The changing characteristics of information during IST strategic development and enactment
Brown, D.H., Robinson, P. 2003 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 5-7 Aug (Tampa, FL, USA ) - 2003. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

The investigation of e-business engagement by SMEs with reference to strategic networks and aggregation: the dairy farming industry
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2003 Lancaster University : The Department of Management Science
Working paper

IST Strategic development and enactment - a perspective of appreciation
Robinson, P., Brown, D.H. 2002 In: Systemist. p. 121-128. 8 p.
Journal article

Perspectives of IST strategy development and enactment - a view from the top
Robinson, P., Brown, D.H. 2002 In: Americas Conference of Information Systems (AMCIS) (Dallas, TX ) - 2002. N/A : unknown p. 1326-1332. 7 p.
Conference contribution

A framework for the engagement of SMEs in e-business
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2001 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 2-5 Aug (Boston, MA ) - 2001. N/A : unknown p. 656-662. 7 p.
Conference contribution

Engaging SMEs in e-commerce: the role of intermediaries within eClusters
Brown, D.H., Lockett, N.J. 2001 In: Electronic Markets. 11, 1, p. 1-7. 7 p.
Journal article

IST and e-business strategy development: an i-space perspective
Robinson, P., Brown, D.H. 2001 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 2-5 Aug (Boston, MA ) - 2001. N/A : unknown p. 1769-1775. 7 p.
Conference contribution

Insights into IST and e-business strategy development
Brown, D.H., Robinson, P. 2001 In: Towards the E-Society: E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Government. Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers ISBN: 0792375297.
Chapter

Exploring China's township and village enterprise success: a strategic analysis
Brown, D.H., Qi, H. 2000 In: International Journal of Applied Management. 1, 3, p. 61-77. 17 p.
Journal article

Strategic development in China
Brown, D.H., Qi, H. 2000 In: Global Change: The Impact of Asia in the 21st Century. London : Palgrave p. 273-290. 18 p. ISBN: 0-333-92006-6.
Chapter

eClusters and the role of intermediaries in enabling digital enterprise communities of SMEs
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2000 In: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 2-5 Aug (Boston, MA ) - 2001. N/A : unknown p. 746-749. 4 p.
Conference contribution

eClusters: the potential for the emergence of digital enterprise communities enabled by one or more intermediaries in SMEs
Lockett, N.J., Brown, D.H. 2000 In: Knowledge and Process Management. 7, 3, p. 196-206. 11 p.
Journal article

Exploring success in China's TVEs
Brown, D.H., Qi, H. 1999 In: World Management Conference (Beijing ) - 1999. N/A : unknown p. 231-247. 17 p.
Conference contribution

A multi-disciplinary identification of issues associated with 'contracting' in market oriented health service reforms
Hindle, A., Burgoyne, J.G., Mumford, M.J., Brown, D.H. 1997 In: British Journal of Healthcare Management. 8, p. 39-49. 11 p.
Journal article