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I am an experienced Senior Lecturer in Project Management, and a training consultant to local and international businesses. I currently lead the Business Management degree, design employability-based specialist modules for degrees throughout the University and supervise research projects for under and postgraduate students. As leader of an employment forum and working closely with the University careers/employability unit, I have contributed to the employability of Kingston graduates especially from BAME groups. I am a mentor for both colleagues and students so that they are supported to reach their potential through reflection and learning.
I have created an extensive network of local and national employers working with them to shape the workforce of the future. I am an Entrepreneur in Residence on the Leading to Grow Programme which aims to equip businesses to grow, innovate, and increase productivity through adopting digital and new technologies. The role has been pivotal in developing opportunities to bring students and businesses together to develop their product and process for optimum cost effectiveness.
An inherent interest in digital and new technologies has made me a leader in the development of communication between students and staff and accessible modules. Through regular presentations to colleagues in various departments/faculties I have championed a digitised approach to learning for the University.
Since I joined Kingston University in 2005 I have introduced Project Management to the curriculum and increased student attainment and retention. I am course director for the major undergraduate Business Management degree.
I have designed degrees and modules that reflect and keep pace with the fast-moving business world through regular review and evaluation. Linking theory to practice is a common theme in both postgraduate and undergraduate modules. Lectures and computer-based learning are used to achieve lower cognitive goals that are applied to practice using higher intellectual skills. Examples are: Strategic Information Management and Consultancy, Project Management, Risk Management, Strategy Management and Consultancy, Consultancy in Practice, International Project Management and Practice, Operations and Project Management and Business Information Systems. A different approach, made possible through funding, has been to embed professional qualifications for project management e.g. PRINCE2, Agile, Scrum, giving graduates a competitive edge in the job market.
I have encouraged and supported employer forum members to contribute to the design and delivery of modules. This has helped to stimulate and motivate students to learn and select external work placements which I have negotiated with a diverse range of employers. I work closely with the careers unit at the University to find and implement placements across the University.
Students are at the centre of my teaching, learning and assessment strategies. I pioneered the development of a peer assisted learning scheme to address the support needs of students in large practical classes. By recruiting students from those who had completed the module and making them part of the teaching team, current students enjoy quick responses to their queries with consequential more rapid progress. Additionally, I have devised a teaching methodology that addresses learning in large student groups which has been shared with peers and adopted for many different modules. This is underpinned by interactive digital technology, computer-based assessment and a structured mentorship programme for staff and students. A digital approach has also helped me to resolve long standing difficulties encountered when the same module is delivered in our national and international partner colleges.
I have been awarded an honorary Professorship from Apsley Business School for contributions to embedding employability in the curriculum and was an external examiner for them from 2015-2018. I am currently an External assessor for the National Commission for Further and Higher Education, Malta.
I co-lead the Project Management Research group. The research group has successfully collaborated with external researchers and attracts postgraduate students to study for PhDs. To date the group has produced multiple outputs including journal articles, books and conference papers. I lead the development of practice-based research, focussed on real world problems; it is based on bottom-up approaches to portfolio project management that informs strategic implementation. For example, looking at the impact that stakeholder groups have on the perceived success of projects. This work has been influential in attracting collaborative researchers including Professor Jeff Pinto, a (Black School of Business, Penn), Professor Merlin Stone (St Mary's, Twickenham) and researchers at COMSTATS University in Pakistan who are leading authorities in their field of research.
In 2019, I was the most cited author in the Business School (Davis, 2014), with scholarly publications and book contributions on stakeholder influence on successful projects. I anticipate my research activity to continue to provide a rich and diverse source of projects for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The potential impact that project management research has on the global economy is an exciting concept. Our active research group has a growing expertise in the field and is establishing a strong academic and national reputation.
I am a member of the editorial board of the European Workplace Journal of Innovation and The Bottom Line: Information in Theory and Practice. I am a regular reviewer for the 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.
2020 – present - External assessor for National Commission for Further and Higher Education, Malta
2020 - External PhD Examiner – Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad. Title: Impact of Organizational Dehumanization on Employee Perceptions of Mistreatment and Their Work Outcomes
2020 - External PhD Examiner - Apsley Business School. Title: The Use of Chatbot Technology for Employee Recruitment Processes
2020 - External PhD Examiner - Apsley Business School. Title: Management of the Automotive Sector with Implementation of the Kanban System
2019 - External PhD Examiner - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Title: Opening the Black Box of Local Communities; Exploring their Perception and Judgment
2015-2018 - External examiner for Postgraduate Business Management Programmes, Apsley Business School
PhD/ DBA Supervision
Started 2021 - PhD Director of Studies at Kingston University - Student: Ana Pedro. Title: Improving Female Wellbeing in the UK Real Estate Sector: the role of male vs. female leadership.
Started 2020 - External PhD First Supervisor - Apsley Business School. Title: Orchestration and Service Innovation: Examining the Moderating Effect of Competitor Orientation
Started 2020 - External First Supervisor - Apsley Business School. Title: Optimising social impact analysis: the observer effect and trauma informed practice
Completed 2018 - Supervised Francesco Di Maddaloni to successful PhD student completion in 2018 as a second supervisor. Title: Stakeholder Inclusiveness in Megaprojects: Managing the Locals for Sustainable Developments.
Davis, Kate (2021) Drawing new cards or standing pat : antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of project manager replacement. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, ISSN (print) 0018-9391 (In Press)
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, Kate, Pinto, Jeffrey and Di Maddaloni, Francesco (2021) Significance : the need for better benefits realisation in megaprojects. In: Ochieng, Edward , Zuofa, Tarila and Badi, Sulafa, (eds.) Routledge handbook of planning and management of global strategic infrastructure projects. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. (Routledge Handbooks) ISBN 9780367477486 (In Press)
Davis, Kate, Di Maddaloni, Francesco, Pinto, Jeff and Cheong, Byung-Cheol (2020) Drawing new cards or standing pat : antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of project manager replacement. In: EURAM 2020 conference; 04 - 06 Dec 2020, Dublin, Ireland (held online). (Unpublished)
Davis, Katherine (2016) Reconciling views of project success : a multiple stakeholder model. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .
My business and professional practice is a natural extension of the changes in the curriculum I have initiated and developed from my understanding of business need. Setting up an employer forum has forged links between the University and local business and grown to include national and international companies. This link has been reinforced through my appointment as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Reaching out into the community to help businesses has been an opportunity for our students to analyse productivity and find cost effective solutions. The relationship is mutually beneficial in that it has created training and research opportunities for the University.
I have been a constant supporter of the University strategic aim to make our graduates employable. The network of employers who offer work internships, placements and research projects has grown from less than 10 to 60 per annum under my leadership. I have set up a unique graduate scheme ‘The Ardonagh Scheme' with the Ardonagh Insurance Group. The scheme offers guaranteed employment for at least two graduates a year in project management, infrastructure engineering, supply and management and IT security. All of the graduates accepted to the scheme are paid and given opportunities to work on a range of different projects and have found employment.
I have established connections in Uzbekistan, where I was invited to speak to senior executives in the oil and gas industries in 2019. These links have identified areas that I have introduced into the curriculum and encouraged a global perspective for students.