Centre for Information Management

Centre Members and Associates

Dr Crispin Coombs BA, UW Aberystwyth; MA, Manchester; MSc De Montfort, PhD, Loughborough, FHEA

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Reader in Information Systems

Deputy Head of Discipline, Information Management

Dr Coombs’ is an experienced and successful leader within the Business School environment, undertaking senior management roles including research centre leadership, head of group, and programme leadership. His research investigates the organisational impacts of information systems technology, examining people’s attitudes and behaviours toward new technologies, the robotization of knowledge and service work, and benefits realization management from information systems.

Dr Coombs has published over 80 outputs including 33 refereed journal papers (including three at ABS 4*) 36 conference papers, and eight official reports and book chapters. Dr Coombs is a Senior Editor for the journal, Information Technology and People and is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Project Management. Dr Coombs was elected to the Board of the UK Academy of Information Systems in 2015. Dr Coombs has been organising chair and programme committee member for seven international conferences and is a regular external PhD examiner. In 2017 Dr Coombs was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr Coombs is committed to generating research income and has secured over £0.5 million from funding bodies including CIPD, British Academy, EPSRC, ESRC, NIHR SDO Programme, Department of Health and Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Dr Coombs is an experienced teacher and facilitator, teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programmes. He has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2007 and is a member of the Association of Information Systems. Dr Coombs has also regularly contributed to Executive courses on Information Management for delegates working in SMEs, the public sector and blue chip companies such as Thomas Cook, NG Bailey and Aggregate Industries. He has been a judge for the SAP UK&I Quality Awards since 2012

Dr Coombs’ research investigates the organisational impacts of information system technologies. His research is based on three complementary strands: the success and failure of information systems in organizations; empowerment and control through technology and the organisation of the IT function.

Current projects include the robotization of knowledge and service work (with Donald Hislop, Sarah Barnard and Stanimira Taneva), the impacts of the Internet of Things on work (with Donald Hislop and Sarah Barnard), the adoption of agile working practices in software development teams (with Alicia Parkes and Guy Fitzgerald) and the Influence of Information Management Capability on organistaional Agility (with Renato de Oliveira Moraes,  (http://pro.poli.usp.br/institucional/corpo-docente/renato-de-oliveira-moraes/) University of Sao Paulo).

Dr Coombs has authored over 80 articles in academic and professional journals and conferences including Journal of Organizational Behavior; European Journal of Information Systems; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Information & Management; Information Technology & People, Journal of Global Information Management; Management Learning; International Journal of Human Resource Management;  International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Academy of Management (AoM), UK Association of Information Systems (UKAIS), European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ECIME) and five official reports.

Dr Coombs was nominated for the prestigious Claudio Ciborra award for most innovative research paper at European Conference on Information Systems in 2013. Dr Coombs is committed to the supervision and development of research students and is presently supervising 6 students with two nearing completion. He has co-supervised four research students to successful completion. He is a regular doctoral examiner for several universities with recent appointments including University of Sydney, University of Canberra, University of Salford and DeMontfort University. 

 

Research Funding

Sept 2016-17 Newton Mobility Grant

Understanding Organisational Agility: The Role of Information Technology (IT) Capability

£6,917

June 2017 – September 2017, EPSRC

Big Data Analytics in the Curriculum’

£2,300

October 2016 – March 2017, EPSRC

The Impact of the Internet of Things on Managing Work

£20,645

October 2016 – February 2017 CIPD

Rapid Review of the Research Literature on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation Technologies on Knowledge & Service work, Professions and Society

£9,756

Mar 2015, School of Business and Economics

The Autonomy-Control Duality in Mobile Information Technology Projects

£54,420

Dec 2013, Guidance Navigation Ltd

SME Information Management Benefits Framework (1)

£31,600

Dec 2013, School of Business and Economics

SME Information Management Benefits Framework (2)

£20,420

Mar 2013, School of Business and Economics

Measuring and Monitoring Benefits Realized from IT-Enabled Change

£52,020

June 2011, School of Business and Economics

An Investigation of the Relationships between Critical Success Factors (CSF) in Warehouse Management System (WMS) Projects

£3,000

May 2010, NIHR HS&DR

The Role of Unlearning in Healthcare Managers' Decision Making

£161,028

External Appointments

 

2018 Chair of Information Systems stream for the Operational Research Society (OR60) Conference

2018 Conference committee for UK Academy for Information Systems

2017 Senior Editor Information Technology & People (ABS 3*)

2017 Invited contributor to ESRC and US NSF collaborative workshop on Changing Work, Changing Lives in the New Technological World. October.

2017 Chair of Information Systems stream for the Operational Research Society (OR59) Conference

2016 Invited contributor to IBM Data Science workshop at IBM World of Watson conference, October.

2016 Invited contributor to ESRC and DSTL workshop on Automation of Future Roles, November.

2016 Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Project Management (ABS 2*)

2015 Elected to Board UK Academy for Information Systems

2012 - 2017 Guest judge, SAP UK and Ireland Quality Awards,

2013 – 2015 External advisor, LIBA Consulting and Advisory Services Limited, 

2013 - Associate Editor, Accounting Information Systems and ERP track, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)

2014 - Chair of Organising Committee, International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC)

2014 - Plenary Chair, International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC)

2011- Plenary Chair, Culture in the Information Systems/Technology Service Lifecycle track, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)

2013 - Programme Committee member, Multi-conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS)

2011/2015 - Programme Committee member, International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International conference 

Journal Articles

Arnold, J, Coombs, CR, Gubler, M (2017) Career Anchors and Preferences for Organizational Career Management: A Study of Information Technology Professionals in Three European CountriesInternational Journal of Human Resource Management, ISSN: 0958-5192. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1380058.

Abubakre, M, Ravishankar, MN, Coombs, C (2017) Revisiting the trajectory of IT implementation in organisations: An IT Culture PerspectiveInformation Technology and People, 30(3), pp.562-579, DOI: 10.1108/ITP-09-2015-0217.

Abubakare, M, Coombs, C, Ravishankar, MN (2017) The impact of salient cultural practices on the outcome of IS implementationJournal of Global Information Management, 25(1), pp.1-20.

Abubakre, M, Ravishankar, MN, Coombs, CR (2015) The role of formal controls in facilitating IS diffusion, Information & Management, 52(6), 599-609 doi:10.1016/j.im.2015.04.005.

Gubler, M, Arnold, J, Coombs, CR (2014) Organizational boundaries and beyond: A new look at the components of a Boundaryless Career Orientation, Career Development International, 19(6), 641-667. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/CDI-11-2013-0143