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Professor Ashley Braganza is Professor of Organisational Transformation Change at Brunel Business School. He is teaching on Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught programmes. His research interests encompass big data, change management, strategy implementation, process and knowledge management and transformation enabled information systems. He has published over 100 papers in prestigious academic and practitioner journals and three books. He is the Founder and Chair of the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group in Transformation, Change and Development. He has carried out over 50 consultancy assignments with large global organisations. He has held several senior leadership positions in academic institutions as well as serving on the governing bodies of schools and small and medium sized enterprises. His past collaborations with practitioners from BT, Microsoft, McDonalds, Astra Zeneca, Friends Provident, Volkswagen Financial Services and the Department for Children, Schools and Families and academics have co-created knowledge and practical ways of successfully implementing complex change programmes. His research incorporates perspectives of big data, the business effects of artificial intelligence, strategy, structure, culture and behaviour, information systems, knowledge management and process reengineering. He has led several major industry-funded research projects in the area of change and process management. He completed a study of CEOs and CIOs to gain fresh insights into the role of CEOs in largescale transformation programmes. He has published three books and over a hundred research articles, conference papers and working papers covering a range of topics on big data, business processes, change management, process orientation, knowledge management, governance, and organisation structure. 

Dr Ana Canhoto is Reader in Marketing at Brunel Business School. Her research focuses on the use of digital technology in interactions between firms and their customers. She is interested in the role of digital technology in targeting and personalisation, and is working on projects such as the adoption and sustained use of fitness wearables, integration of chatbots in customer service, and the potential for algorithmic decision making in personalisation. She is also interested in the role of digital technology in customer insight, and her projects include the pitfalls of using social media data, organisational issues around big data, and the use of beacons in retail environments. Ana founded and chaired the Academy of Marketing’s Special Interest Group in Customer Relationship Management, and was part of the academic team that created the Google Online Marketing Challenge. Prior to joining academia, Ana worked as a management consultant in the telecommunications industry, and as a portfolio manager at a leading media and entertainment company. Ana has taught across various programmes, including MBA and executive education, and led on the pedagogical use of new technologies.

Dr Weifeng Chen is currently Senior Lecturer at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London. He specialises in international innovation management and statistical modelling. His current research focuses on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on business operations and management. I am also interested in the contemporary issues in strategic product / service / organisational innovation management.  He has been involved in a number of large research projects. He is currently involved in projects studying the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Productivity and Business Models in Healthcare Services. Dr Chen's academic work have appeared in Journal of Business Research, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Information Technology for Development , Regional Studies, the Journal of Organizational Change Management ,the International Journal of Production Economics, European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Information System Management, Advances in Information Systems Management and the International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, among others. Dr Chen is also consulting on doing business with Chinese companies and organisations.

Dr David Bell a Reader in  the Department of Computer Science where I teach and carry out research into Software Services, Cybersecurity and Modelling & Simulation. Before returning to university, I worked for several small and large software development companies and then in Investment Banking becoming technology director leading Emerging Markets and Trade Capture initiatives globally. Dr Bell’s research focuses on Modelling and Simulation, Digital Service Design, Semantic Technologies, Cybersecurity, Software Services. He supervises students who are interested in the use of machine learning with modelling and simulation, secure software service architectures (e.g. blockchain data trading) and the simulation of health systems.

Professor Shireen Kanji is a Professor in Human Resource Management in Brunel Business School. Her research focus is on inequality in the workplace and in the home. She is particularly interested in gender inequality, working hours of men and women, the work-family interface, career choices, and wellbeing. My research is situated where gender, work and social inequality intersect. I have studied the occupational aspirations of younger workers in relation to the gender mix of occupations and the long-lasting impact of precarious work on the wellbeing of younger workers in Germany. Research on occupations and inequality is based on women scientists in the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland and women’s changing occupational status in China. Current research. The differential positioning of men and women in self-employment. The exploration of the working hours and paid work participation of older men and women in Europe. The mental load of organising work and care. My work has been widely reported in national and international media in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Wirtschaftswoche, Time Magazine, The Daily Express, ITV News and BBC News. I have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on the BBC World Service.I have undertaken consultancy work for international organisations. For example I was involved in an OECD project on how the school to work transition in Switzerland is gendered, an Asian Development Bank research project on women’s changing occupational status in China and several DFID projects on poverty in Russia.

Dr Ace Simpson is a reader in HRM /Organisational Behaviour and a leading scholar in the area of compassion in organisations, which has relevance to Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. My professional mission is to help create more compassionate workplaces where people feel understood, respected and supported by their coworkers - leading to greater employee satisfaction, fulfilment and wellbeing. I try to achieve this objective through my teaching, research and work with industry partners. Prior to joining Brunel, I was Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia, where I coordinated large modules with uptown 2000 students in a term. I also designed new modules, including a popular post-graduate module on Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Behaviour. At UTS I was also recognised as being among the top undergraduate and postgraduate lecturers, based upon student feedback ratings. I am also co-author of the textbook titled Positive Organizational Behavior (Routledge, 2020). My main area of research is on organisational compassion. I have also published on topics such as humble leadership, love in organisations, management education and organisational paradoxes. I am also Research Advisor to the Centre for Positive Organisations at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. My research has been published in top academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Inquiry and Management Learning. My industry engagement has included working with an Australian health district with six hospitals and 14,000 staff to address bullying issues by enhancing their organisational compassion capabilities. To this end I have worked with colleagues to develop a measure of organisational compassion, the NEAR Organisational Compassion Scale.

Dr David Botchie is a Lecturer in Sustainability and Global Value Chains from Bournemouth University where he served as a Research Fellow. Before joining Bournemouth University, David was a User Experience Researcher on the DFID funded Internet Portals Evaluation Project in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. He holds a PhD in International Development. Prior to pursuing his PhD studies, David worked as a researcher at Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, and also taught Enterprise Development at Ho Technical University, Ghana. He has also worked as a consultant for various international organisations including the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and Food and Agricultural Organisation. His recent research has appeared in journals such as:Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R and D Management, Science and Public Policy, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Project Management journal.

Dr Andreas Georgiadis is a Reader in Economics at Brunel Business School and a research associate at the Department of International Development of the University of Oxford. I have a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and studied for a PhD in Economics at the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge. I have previously held posts at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Bristol. I have also being a visiting scholar among others in the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota. I have published in journals such as British Journal of Industrial Relations, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, and Lancet Public Health. My research has been presented and informed decisions of governments and policy-making bodies around the world, such as the UK Low Pay Commission, the UK Department of International Development, the Greek Ministry of Labour, and the Greek Ministry of Finance. I have researched, consulted, and co-ordinated projects for International Organisations, such the World Bank, the OECD, the USAID, and the Inter-American Development Bank. My research has been featured in the mainstream media, such as the Economist, the BBC, and the Guardian and has been funded by leading funding bodies, such as the ESRC, the US National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I have served as a referee of research grant applications and a member of panels evaluating and awarding research grants across European countries and I am an active reviewer for a wide range of journals in Economics, Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Development Studies, and Social Epidemiology and Public Health.

Dr Weimu You is Lecturer in Sustainability and Global Value Chains at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, UK. Weimu holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration with a specialisation in International Business and Supply Chain Management from Aalto University School of Business, Finland, where he also received a Master’s degree in Information and Service Management. Prior to joining Brunel, Weimu worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant at Aalto University in Finland. His work has been published in internationally peer-review academic journals such as Critical Perspectives on International Business, International Journal of Management Reviews and Journal of Cleaner Production.

Dr Liyuan Wei holds a Ph.D. from in Marketing from the University of Toronto, Canada. She received her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Renmin University of China in Beijing. Prior to joining Brunel Business School, she was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the City University of Hong Kong. Her research has been published in Information Systems Research, Psychological Science, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Ethics and Applied Economics. She has a broad range of research interests but mainly focuses on (1) marketing strategies based on consumer psychology and sociology, and (2) individual and societal well-being. Dr. Wei has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Marketing Science in China and has served as ad hoc reviewers for many journals.