Prof Robert M Davison

BA & MA (University of Nottingham)

PhD (City University of Hong Kong)


Tel: (852) 3442 7534

Orcid: 0000-0002-7243-3521



Robert Davison joined the Department of Information Systems in July 1992 where he is currently a Professor. Since 1998, he has received approximately $5.8 million in grants as PI. Professionally, Robert serves as the Editor-in-Chief of both the Information Systems Journal and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. He is also the Chair of the IFIP WG 9.4 (The Implications of Information and Digital Technologies for Development). In 2019, he was recognised as a 'Fellow of the AIS'. Since 1993, he has published in excess of 200 academic articles and has presented his research in 53 countries. His research has been cited in SCI/SSCI 3300+ times (H=30), in Scopus 4800+ times (H=36) and in Google Scholar 10000+ times (H=52). He was recognised in 2021 as one of 140 CityU academics identified as being among the top 2% of most-cited researchers globally. Robert holds visiting professor appointments at Loughborough University, the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. His current research focuses on applications of Action Research to knowledge exchange activities and guanxi in Chinese firms. Robert is Programme Leader of the MSc in Electronic Business and Knowledge Management and chairs the College of Business' Assurance of Learning Committee. A complete academic curriculum vitae is available here.


Courses taught since 2004:

FB5003 - Management Information Systems (MBA) (2004-2008; 2014-2017, 2020-2022)
FB5807 - Management Information Systems (EMBA) (2004-2007)
FB8002D - Research Methodology
(DBA) 2018-2021
IS5600 - Global Information Systems (MAGBM) (2000-2016)
IS6000 - Research Methods for the IS Manager
(MScEBKM) (2012, 2016, 2020)
IS6600 - Global IS and KM Applications in Organisations
(MScEBKM) (2018-2020)
IS6602 - Global Information Technology & Knowledge Management Consulting
(MScEBKM) (2018-2022)
IS8004 - Qualitative IS Research Methods (PhD in IS) (2012-2014; 2017)
IS8014 - Theory and Qualitative Methods in Information Systems Research
(PhD in IS) (2018-2022)


Originally from Bristol, UK, Robert studied at Clifton College (1974-1978), Bristol Grammar School (1978-1985), then graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Joint Hons) in Russian and SerboCroat (1990), and an MA in Information Technology (1991). He undertook his PhD studies in Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong from 1993-1998. Robert is a keen hiker, cyclist, explorer and traveller of the world: 98 countries / territories to date.

Affiliations / Memberships


Robert is a founding member of the Association for Information Systems. From 2010-2018 he served as Chair of the Research Conduct Committee and as Data Privacy Officer. In 2021 he serves as the coordinator of the AIS College of Senior Scholars.

Robert is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing’s (IFIP) Working Groups 8.2 and 9.4. He is currently chair of Working Group 9.4.

Robert is a member of the Responsible Research in Business & Management network.

Personal Links / Memberships:

WWF, FFI, MSF, KFBG, ORBIS, The Sabah Society, LFCLA (Peace Nam Chung)  and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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Last revised on August 8th, 2021.