Professor Robert M Davison, BA, MA, PhD




Robert Davison joined the Department of Information Systems in July 1992 where he is currently a Professor. 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'. 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 organisations. Robert is Programme Leader of the MSc in Electronic Business and Knowledge Management, which will transform into the MSc in Digital Transformation and Technological Innovation in 2023-2024, and chairs the College of Business' Assurance of Learning Committee.

Research: Publications and Grants

Since 1993, Robert has published more than 200 academic articles and has presented his research in 55 countries. His research has been cited in SCI/SSCI 4600+ times (H=37), in Scopus 6500+ times (H=44) and in Google Scholar 14000+ times (H=64). He has been recognised since 2020 as one of the top 2% of most-cited researchers globally in his field. For a list of selected publications, see here. A complete academic curriculum vitae is available here. Since 1998, he has received approximately $5.8 million in grants as PI.

Orcid: 0000-0002-7243-3521

Teaching (2000-2023)

FB5003 - Management Information Systems (MBA) (2004-2008; 2014-2017; 2020-2023)
FB5807 - Management Information Systems (EMBA) (2004-2007)
FB8002D - Qualitative Research Methodology (DBA) (2018-2022)
IS5600 - Global Information Systems (MAGBM) (2000-2016)
IS6000 - Research Methods for the IS Manager (MSc) (2012, 2016, 2020)
IS6600 - Global IS and KM Applications in Organisations (MSc) (2017-2020)
IS6602 - Global Information Technology and Knowledge Management Consulting (MSc) (2018-2023)
IS8004 - Qualitative IS Research Methods (PhD) (2012-2017)
IS8014 - Theory and Qualitative Methods in Information Systems Research (PhD) (2018-2023)


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 and explorer of wilder places. He lives in a small village in Hong Kong's rural North East.

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 & 2022 he serveed as the coordinator of the AIS College of Senior Scholars, and in 2023 as the Secretary

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. From 2024, he will chair TC9.

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

Personal Links and Memberships: FFI, MSF, KFBG, ORBIS, The Sabah Society, Peace Nam Chung, Digital Environment-System Coalition and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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Last revised on May 2nd, 2023.

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