School of Business and Economics


Alicia Parkes BSc in Forensic Science (University of Lincoln)

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Doctoral Researcher in Information Management

Alicia is a part-time PhD student who has been working as a scrum master and agile coach in the FinTech industry for more than eight years. Her focus has been on establishing agile, lean and systems thinking at an organisational level in order to deliver value for the customer, which is closely related to her research topic.

Alicia received a BSc in Forensic Science from the University of Lincoln in 2008 and embarked on her part-time PhD journey in 2014.

Research Interest:

  • Agile Software Development
  • Organisational Agility
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Design

Research Plan:

Embedded Researcher, Longitudinal Case Study, Interpretive Perspective, Qualitative Research

Supervisor(s): Dr. Crispin Coombs and Dr. Guy Fitzgerald

Thesis Title/Topic

“The Adoption of Agile Working Practices in Software Development – A Leadership Perspective”

 This research is focused on how software development teams adopt and embed agile working practices, and on the impact of different leadership styles on agile adoption.