Prof Robert M Davison

BA & MA (University of Nottingham)

PhD (City University of Hong Kong)


Tel: (852) 3442 7534




Robert Davison joined the Department of Information Systems in July 1992 where he is currently a Professor. Since 1998, he has received approximately $5.3 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 (Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries) .Since 1993, he has published in excess of 200 academic articles. His research has been cited in SCI/SSCI 1500+ times (H=21), in Scopus 2650+ times (H=28) and in Google Scholar 6500+ times (H=41). His current research focuses on Knowledge Seeking and Sharing activities in Chinese SMEs. Robert is Programme Leader of the MSc in Electronic Business and Knowledge Management.


In Spring 2018 he is teaching:

IS6600 - Global Information Systems and Knowledge Management Applications in Organisations
IS6602 -
Global Information Technology & Knowledge Management Consulting
IS8014 -
Theory and Qualitative Methods in Information Systems Research

Courses taught since 2005 :

IS4542 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Systems (2004-2006)
IS4545 - Legal, Security and Risk Management Issues in IS (2007-2008)
FB5003 - Management Information Systems (2004-2008; 2014-2017)
FB5807 - Management Information Systems (2004-2007)
IS5600 - Global Information Systems (2000-2016)
IS6000 - Research Methods for the IS Manager (2012, 2016)
IS6600 - Global IS and KM Applications in Organisations (2010-2017)
IS8004 - Qualitative IS Research Methods (2012-2014; 2017)


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: 93 countries/territories to date.

Affiliations / Memberships


Robert is a founding member of the Association for Information Systems, of which he is also the Chair of the Research Conduct Committee and the Data Privacy Officer.

Robert is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing’s (IFIP) Working Groups 8.2 and 9.4. He also serves as Chair of the IFIP WG 9.4 working group for 2017-2019.


WWF, FFI, ORBIS, Fauna & Flora International, The Sabah Society, Asian Encounters and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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Last revised on March 6th 2018.