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.
Successfully delivered modules from levels four to seven across the University and four network partners giving me at one point, responsibility for 2,500 students including leading, mentoring and managing the teaching teams of between two and twenty staff comprising internal/external staff/ guest speakers.
My current research work spans two major themes: (1) project manager replacement and stakeholder dynamics; (2) Embedding employability in the curriculum. I am an appointed research fellow for Linnaeus University (Sweden) in the New Research Agenda in Skill and Technology with a view to establishing international research networks and publishing opportunities through shared experience and recognition of the strategic importance of skill, and the limitations of technology at Government and regional levels. I am also currently working on dynamic capabilities and their effect on performance mediated by product integration in the highly acquisitive software industry. I am collaboratively researching and publishing with the Project Management research group at Kingston University.
I completed my PhD in 2016. Up on completion of my PhD, I became a second supervisor Francesco DiMaddaloni and he successfully completed his PhD in 2018. I also supervise dissertations for executive MBA and MSc students who work in their field while studying. I am a registered PhD supervisor and attend regular training. I am currently an external DBA Director of Studies at Apsley Business School for two students. I have been an external PhD examiner for Apsley Business School and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. I am a research fellow for Linnaeus University (Sweden) in the New Research Agenda in Skill and Technology and an Advisor to the Association for Project Management special interest Stakeholder Group.
In 2019, I was recognised as having the top cited paper (Davis, 2014) in the Business School with 130 citations (KBS Faculty Forum, 11/12/2019). As of 1st June 2020, I have a total of 749 citations, H-index of 7 and RG Impact Score of 12.19
I am a member of the editorial board for the ‘The Bottom Line: Information in Theory and Practice' and ‘The European Workplace Journal of Innovation'. I am a regular reviewer for; Journal of Management Studies, Project Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management and International Journal of Project Management.
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, .