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I am a Senior Lecturer in Project Management and Consultancy and specialise in the domains of: Learning and Teaching, Research and Scholarship and Business and International. I joined KBS in 2005 after working in recruitment and marketing for three years. I am a highly experienced and dynamic programme director and module leader. I have particular expertise in the development and implementation of modules with large student numbers and pioneering the development and deployment of technology to improve teaching and learning. I am recognised for innovative approaches to promote interaction with employers resulting in high graduate employment. An example being an innovative peer assisted learning scheme that has been adopted throughout the University; the scheme uniquely creates opportunities for students to communicate effectively and clearly with each other, while enabling lecturers to act as their advisors and differentiate the learning taking place.
In my career at Kingston University, I have designed and led modules in Strategic Information Management and Consultancy, Project Management, Risk Management, Digital Project Management, Strategy Management and Consultancy, Consultancy in Practice (CIP), International Project Management and Practice, Operations and Project Management and Business Information Systems. I believe in relating theory to practice in all my teaching, an example being my Consultancy in Practice module (an alternative choice for a placement to all Undergraduate degree students) whereby I source circa 40 external project clients annually for students to work on. I have developed graduate employment schemes with employers which aims to support graduates to gain more skills and confidence in the workplace while also giving opportunities to work on different projects and continue their professional development making the transition into the workplace.
I continually act as a mentor to work colleagues and external stakeholders. I am an active researcher and collaborator in project management which is strongly influenced by strategic management and the needs of industry. I am a member of a range of faculty and University committees with a particular interest in quality and planning to achieve enhanced student learning.
I was the first lecturer to research and design an innovative Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) to be used in Kingston University. The scheme addresses the lack of 1 to 1 support for students in practice based modules with existing student staff ratios. It relies on students who have previously passed the module and is a sustainable low cost additional support strategy that students are keen to join. Improved retention and attainment figures predict the long term impact of the scheme for the University. It has developed a professional, academic relationship between the peer leaders and staff and increased the student sense of belonging to an academic community.
My UKPSF level 3, Senior Fellow (PR097229) application noted the impact that PALS has impacted the learning of thousands of students. Its contribution to the power of learning on transforming lives, celebrated in the University Annual Festival of Learning, cannot be underestimated.
Through my leadership, PALS is recognised throughout the University as a key support strategy that benefits both peer leaders and students. It has been shown to build student confidence, communication and leadership skills in PAL leaders and motivate students to learn. Through increasing the cultural diversity of the teaching team some students could speak in their first language to explain their problems making the curriculum more accessible. Student feedback has endorsed the activity and it is notable that all the graduate PAL leaders were employed in their chosen field.
Without exception, PALS has improved retention and attainment in my courses. In the first year of PALS introduction in 2008 on BB1754, there was a 40% increase in attendance to lab sessions compared to previous years. A consistent and sustainable improvement in student achievement measured by grade attainment has been noted since the introduction of the scheme. Only 8% of students (on BB1754) attained an A grade in 2006 (student to staff ratio 60 students to 1 lecturer). Using one PAL to support one lecturer, in 2009, 19% of students achieved an A grade, when two PALS to one lecturer were introduced in 2010, 70% achieved an A grade. This indicates an optimal ratio for learning.
The success of the scheme has made other lecturers keen to adopt it for their own modules. I have encouraged and helped them to become confident to use PALS especially when teaching large modules. I am recognised in the Business School as an authority on large module delivery and have given talks and presentations about this valuable approach in different departments and faculties as well as investing time to mentor colleagues.
Project Management (PM) is my passion; it is only offered at Kingston University through my foresight and conviction that PM skills would recruit students. My plan to make Kingston University an academic centre of excellence in PM demanded a strong research group respected in the field.
My enterprise has established a new and active research group that I co lead, with four internal researchers currently collaborating with 18 external researchers. Since the groups inception, we have produced in excess of 43 outputs including journal articles, books and conference papers.
I led the development of practice-based research based on bottom-up approaches to portfolio project management that informs strategic implementation. For example, looking at the impact that stakeholder groups have on perceived success of projects has been influential in attracting collaborative researchers (e.g. PhD, DBA and publication output) wishing to contribute to this dynamic research agenda.
I have been named as the most cited author in the Business School and I anticipate my research activity to provide a rich and diverse source of projects for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Applications from students to study for PhDs under my supervision outnumber the places and funding available.
I have been successful in engaging with the outside world in a national and international context to assure the sustainability and academic reputation of the group. I have written a joint paper with Professor Jeffrey Pinto, an international researcher in my field of stakeholder perception in PM, which is in reviewer stage at the Journal of Management Studies (ABS 4 star). I have also written a book chapter with Professor Pinto to be published in April 2021 for the Handbook of Innovation and Project Management. Professor Pinto has extended his relationship with Kingston University through my introduction to Dr Di Maddaloni from the research group and together we have written a chapter on ‘Routledge Handbook of Planning and Management of Global Strategic Projects' (expected publication date: January 2021).
I was appointed as an Editorial Board member to The Bottom Line: Information in Theory and Practice in May 2020 and a series of articles are planned for publication in November 2020 collaborating with PCubed (global management consulting firm).
I pursue funding for research in addition to other academic activities and to date have received funding from Kingston University in 2020 (£3,600) and have bid for funding from the Association of Project Managers Research Fund for £5,000.
I have been the external examiner for five PhD students, one at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, one at Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad and three at the Apsley Business School, where I also have guest speaker commitments and have accepted an honorary Professorship for contributions to PM curriculum design.
Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Davis, Kate and Ahmad, Muhammad Shakil (2020) Knowledge oriented leadership and open innovation : the mediating role of knowledge process and infrastructure capability. International Journal of Innovation Management (IJIM), ISSN (print) 1363-9196 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Parker, Pauline and Davis, Kate (2019) Dynamic capabilities : their effect on performance mediated by product integration in the highly acquisitive software industry. European Journal of Workplace Innovation, 5(1), pp. 97-117. ISSN (online) 2387-4570
Davis, Kate (2018) Reconciling views of project success : a multiple stakeholder model. Project Management Journal, 49(5), pp. 38-47. ISSN (print) 8756-9728
Di Maddaloni, Francesco and Davis, Kate (2018) Project manager's perception of the local communities' stakeholder in megaprojects : an empirical investigation in the UK. International Journal of Project Management, 36(3), pp. 542-565. ISSN (print) 0263-7863
Di Maddaloni, Francesco and Davis, Kate (2017) The influence of local community stakeholders in megaprojects : rethinking their inclusiveness to improve project performance. International Journal of Project Management, 35(8), pp. 1537-1556. ISSN (print) 0263-7863
Davis, Kate (2017) An empirical investigation into different stakeholder groups perception of project success. International Journal of Project Management, 35(4), pp. 604-617. ISSN (print) 0263-7863
Davis, Kate (2016) A method to measure success dimensions relating to individual stakeholder groups. International Journal of Project Management, 34(3), pp. 480-493. ISSN (print) 0263-7863
Davis, Kate (2014) Different stakeholder groups and their perceptions of project success. International Journal of Project Management, 32(2), pp. 189-201. ISSN (print) 0263-7863
Davis, Katherine (2016) Reconciling views of project success : a multiple stakeholder model. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .