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Centre for Technological Futures

Building on a rich tradition of studying the relationship between technological futures, societal phenomena, management practices and organisational dynamics.

About this Centre

We're one of the largest groups of our kind in the UK, home to over many internationally recognised academics from departments from across Lancaster University. Together, we have a strong socio-technical foundation - members of the Centre draw upon a variety of perspectives to bring their expertise into our research themes.

Our Research Themes

Our innovative research is located at the intersection between studies in several areas including information systems, management, futures, science and technology, and organisational studies. Our research is interdisciplinary, and conducted across the world in a diverse range of domains including public sector, large companies, healthcare, engineering and many more. The research themes focus on the relationship of technology to the futures-in-the-making associated with a range of organisational and social activities.

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Managing Technology and Innovation in Organisations

This theme focuses on the strategic management of information technologies and associated innovations in organizations. Topics include enterprise modelling, project management, technology based entrepreneurship and the IT workforce. The research in this cluster also links in content, to the specialist masters programmes, EBIN and ITMOC.

Technology and Work

Technology and work are irrevocably intertwined. This theme investigates different ways in which digital technologies transform and shape work and workplaces. Topics include the intersection of technology and stress and wellbeing, knowledge management, ethics, education, organising in professional service firms, surveillance and performance rating. Our research focuses on both the bright and dark side of how technology shapes work and vice versa.

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Digital Societies

Technology and society have always grappled with each other in a symbiotic-combative relationship. This theme addresses this relationship with topics that address the relationship of technology with inclusion, smart parks, aging, mobility, societal wellbeing, disaster relief and planning, sustainability, and economically vulnerable sections of society. The effects of pervasive technologies such as social media with regard to the above are of particular interest.

Technology and Markets

This theme looks at how markets and inter-organizational governance structures are shaped by the technological milieu in which organizations transact and interact with one another. Topics include regulation of technology markets of products such as drones, fin-tech based business models, supply chain governance in block chain based transactions, and technology based coordination in different types of operational settings.

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PhD Programmes

We're home to a vibrant doctoral community where our PhD students are encourage to take advantage of the School's research strengths to develop core skills. We welcome PhD applicants with a good first degree or Masters in areas such as management, philosophy or the social sciences - industrial experience is also an advantage. For more information, please contact Teresa Aldren.

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Artificial Intelligence

Too many businesses failing to embrace AI

Businesses actively embracing artificial intelligence and striving to bring technological advancements into their operations are reaping dividends not seen by companies who fail to properly adapt and adopt. While most business and technology leaders are optimistic about the value-creating potential of AI in their enterprise – Enterprise Cognitive Computing (ECC) – the actual rate of adoption is low, and benefits have proved elusive for a majority of organisations. 

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LUMS to help deliver £3m Government-commissioned research

Lancaster University Management School will help deliver a major new research project to help mid-sized law and accountancy firms adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to improve productivity and develop new business models. This project presents a tremendous opportunity to make a real impact on a vital and potentially world-leading sector of the UK economy. It will also show how the deeply engaged, multi-disciplinary ethos of our Centre for Technological Futures can be harnessed to tackle society’s grand challenges, based on excellent scholarship and research.

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Studentship

Targeting Sustainable Plastic Use: Fully funded PhD studentship

Targeting Sustainable Plastic Use: Fully funded PhD studentship (3 year) in Dept of Organisation Work and Technology, Lancaster University Management School, funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Material Social Futures Research.

Full funded PhD studentship

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Centre Directors

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Health, Health Systems, Information Systems, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 594364 A042, A - Floor, Management School

Centre for Science Studies, Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 510960 B27, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Centre Administrator

Teresa Aldren

Research Enhancement and Centres Administrator

Centre for Consumption Insights, Centre for Family Business, Centre for Financial Econometrics, Asset Markets and Macroeconomic Policy, Centre for Leadership Studies & Practice, Centre for Marketing Analytics & Forecasting, Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 510906 B003a, B - Floor, Management School

Centre Members

Centre for Biophotonics, Centre for Technological Futures , Cyber Security Research Centre (Data), DSI - Foundations, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, SCC (Data Science), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Academic Centre of Excellence), Security Lancaster (Cyber Security)

+44 (0)1524 510391

Centre for Science Studies, Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510963 B23, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Dr Pavel Bogolyubov

Teaching Fellow

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 510934

Dr Martin Brigham

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510945

Dr Helen Bruce

Lecturer in Marketing

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 592440

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Science Studies, ImaginationLancaster, Mobilities.Lab

+44 (0)7890 847166

Dr Ronika Chakrabarti

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Technological Futures , Networks, Knowledge and Strategy

+44 (0)1524 510995

Professor Bogdan Costea

Professor of Management and Society

Centre for Technological Futures , Management and Society, People, Work and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510956

Professor Darren Dalcher

Professor in Strategic Project Management

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 593507 A044, A - Floor, Management School

Dr Karen Dale

Professor in Organisation Studies

Centre for Technological Futures , Management and Society

+44 (0)1524 510970 B24, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Dr Mark Dawson

Director of Digital Education (Senior Teaching Fellow)

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 510234

Dr Joe Deville

Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 594610 B009, B - Floor, Bowland North

Professor James Faulconbridge

Professor, Head of Department

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Technological Futures , DEMAND - Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand, People, Work and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510265 B28, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Dr Amjad Fayoumi

Lecturer in Information Systems

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , Health Systems, Information Systems, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling

+44 (0)1524 594725 Management School

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 510984

Dr Alan Gilchrist

Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Casual - Course Consultant

Centre for Technological Futures , Networks, Knowledge and Strategy

+44 (0)1524 510698

Professor Niall Hayes

Professor of Information and Organisation

Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510962 B31, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society, Management and Society, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510958 B30, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Professor David Knights

Distinguished Scholar

Centre for Technological Futures , Management and Society

Dr Janja Komljenovic

Lecturer in Higher Education

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Society

+44 (0)1524 592874

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510946

Dr Lara Pecis

Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 510957

Dr Jekaterina Rindt

Lecturer in Marketing

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)7778 011428 D13, D - Floor, Charles Carter Building

SCC (Pervasive Systems)

+44 (0)1524 510305 D12, D - Floor, Infolab

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 594647

Centre for Technological Futures , Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Information Systems

+44 (0)1524 595195 A064, A - Floor, Management School

Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger

Senior Teaching Fellow in Project Management

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 592825 A046, A - Floor, Management School

Dr Helena Wenninger

Lecturer in Information Systems

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 593452

Dr James Whittaker

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Dr Richard Williams

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Technological Futures , DSI - Health, Health Systems, Information Systems, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 592214 B052a, B - Floor, Management School

Randall Zindler

Senior Teaching Fellow

Centre for Leadership Studies & Practice, Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 595211 C - Floor, Management School

PhD Students

Wael Assaf

PhD student

Centre for Technological Futures

Marta Ferri

PhD student

Centre for Technological Futures

Nicola Platt

Casual - Teaching

Mari Thynne

PhD student

Centre for Technological Futures , HighWire Doctoral Training Centre

+44 (0)7875 005570

Visiting Scholars

Bastian Jørgensen, PhD Student, IT-University of Copenhagen

Bastian is a PhD student from the IT-University of Copenhagen in Denmark. His research interest is in the development of government IT projects, with its reoccurring hopes and failures. He is conducting a fieldwork in the Danish Tax Administration, where an increased investment in IT departments and employees together with agile methodologies are imagined to bring about a so called data-driven tax administration. He has been following the development of two IT projects: One the development of a machine learning algorithm to catch tax fraudsters, and two the development of a data sharing platform, from which the tax administration wants to share its data with other public and private organisations. His research is inspired by actor network theory, and he is interested in how organisational relations are being configured and reimagined through new IT methodologies and projects. Bastian will be the Centre for Technological Futures for part o 2018. He is located at the department of Organisation, Work and Technology. 

Jana Mattern, PhD Student Jan-March 2019, WWU Munster

Jana Mattern is a visiting Ph.D student from Muenster University, Germany. She works in topics related to organizational psychology and personality psychology. In her research, she focuses on the challenges and opportunities of the digital workplace and the impacts on the individual. Currently, she is researching the influence of detachment strategies on the ability to cope with the constant connectivity that is created by the increased use of Information and communication technologies. She follows a multimethod approach with qualitative data, quantitative analyses and the use of physiological measures (e.g. heart rate variability). Her department’s webpage is https://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/department/wi

Professor Raoni Rajão, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Raoni Rajão is a tenured professor in environmental management and social studies of science & technology in the Department of Production Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil and Visiting Professor in the Centre for Technological Futures at Lancaster University.  He also teaches in the graduate programmes in Production Engineering, and Environmental Analysis and Modelling both at UFMG and in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment at Radboud University in the Netherlands. His research interests cross postcolonial studies, environmental politics and science studies with a particular focus on climate and forest policies in Brazil. He has collaborated with different agencies of the United Nations, the World Bank and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), and has advised senior officials from the State Government of Minas Gerais and the Brazilian Federal Government in the creation of environmental policy. His research has featured in journals such as Social Studies of Science, Science Technology and Human Values, Theory, Culture & Society, Science (AAAS), Nature Climate Change and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). He is currently the principal investigator of grants from CNPq and FAPEMIG, the national and regional funding agencies.

Dr Christian Maier, University of Bamberg

Christian is an assistant professor (University of Bamberg). In his research, he studies topics such as IS usage, technostress and IT personnel. Among others, he has shown that--next to IS use in organizations--also the use of private IS (e.g. Facebook) is stressful and, finally, let individuals discontinue the use of the IT, even though switching from use to non-use stresses the individual. In current research projects, he studies how personality traits influence technostress and how further aspects within the environment of an individual causes perceptions of technostress. In those research projects, he collects subjective and objective data and follows different methodological approaches, such as mixed-methods, quantitative or qualitative studies. Findings from these projects are published in several journals, including EJIS, JSIS, ISJ or JIT.