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Technology management

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This area focuses on research that will help managers make the most appropriate use of current and future technological resources. Research is carried out in a wide variety of settings, from manufacturing companies to public-sector service providers.

The management of technology is best seen as an integrative process rather than a functional activity and this is mirrored in the research carried out. An interdisciplinary approach, often using case study methods, is particularly applicable in this area so applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those with experience of working in organisations, are welcomed.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Innovation management in the NHS, particularly in relation to adoption of emerging technologies by healthcare organisations, and investigation of the role of clinicians in leading changes to healthcare process and structures required, in order to mobilise knowledge and implement new technologies
  • Technology transfer, knowledge management and development of technological capabilities in healthcare organisations
  • The formulation, implementation, evaluation and impact of e-government, e-democracy and e-enabled organisational change in the public sector

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Alison Bettley
  • Professor Joyce Fortune
  • Dr Ivan Horrocks
  • Professor Geoff Peters
  • Dr Clive Savory

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Emma Dewberry
+44 (0)1908 332940

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.