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Professor Donald Hislop

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Professor of Sociology of Contemporary Work

Donald’s research interests are in two main areas: knowledge management and mobile working.

In relation to the topic of knowledge management, his interests are broadly focused on social-cultural issues, such as how they shape the character of knowledge processes and people’s motivation to participate in them. His most recent project in this area was on the topic of unlearning (the process of abandoning and giving up knowledge) among managers within UK hospitals.

Donald has published on knowledge management in a range of journals includingManagement LearningJournal of Information TechnologyTechnology Analysis & Strategic Management and the Journal of Knowledge Management. Donald is also the author of a popular and well-regarded textbook called Knowledge Management in Organizations: A Critical Introduction, which is published by Oxford University Press and had its third edition published in 2013.

In relation to the topic of mobile working, Donald’s research in this area focuses on two specific, overlapping themes: the extent to which business people work while travelling on work-related journeys, and the way in which mobile computer and communication technologies are used in these work activities. He has published extensively on this topic in a diverse range of journals including Work, Employment and Society, New Technology, Work and Employment, Information and Organization and Mobilities.

Donald is on the editorial boards of the journals Work, Employment and Society, and New Technology, Work and Employment.