Dr Kate Davis

About

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. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MSc MBSR
  • MSc BIT
  • C&G 7407 - Stages 1, 2, 3 - Teaching Qualification - attained in 2007
  • MSET
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) - attained in 2016
  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Certified Management & Business Educator

Teaching and learning

  • Programme Director for one MSc and four BSc degrees that recruit a diverse body of students, achieve above average pass rates and meet the quality educational standards and regulations of the University.
  • Module designer and leader for 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. 
  • Design, created and run the embedding of PRINCE2 in modules for the entire University including the Computer and Engineering Schools.
  • Created and successfully delivered the CIP module as an alternative choice for a placement to all Undergraduate degree students. This included my sourcing 40 plus projects and employers for the module. Example event outputs from the CIP module:
  • Research, recommend and assist in the design and delivery of an "innovation day" for a construction organisation to get the company excited about new technologies and identify exciting, leading edge projects to keep the company at the forefront of innovation.
  • Redesign the downstairs of a construction organisation building to suit the multifunctional need of the rapidly growing business. Research, design, propose and manage the implementation of the building changes and interior design.
  • Created 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.
  • 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.

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

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.

Areas of specialism

  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Employability

Research student supervision

Publications

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Number of items: 14.

Article

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

Book

Davis, Kate [Compiler] (2014) Project management. 2nd ed. Harlow, U.K. : Pearson Education Limited. 631p. ISBN 9781783992843

Davis, Kate [Compiler] (2011) Project management. Harlow, U.K. : Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 9781849599764

Davis, Kate [Compiler] (2010) Business information systems. 3rd ed. Harlow : Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 9781849591461

Benson, Vladlena and Davis, Kate (2008) Business Information Management. Ventus Publishing ApS. 83p. ISBN 9788776814137

Benson, Vladlena and Davis, Kate (2008) Business Information Management: Exercise Book. Ventus Publishing ApS. 39p. ISBN 9788776814144

Thesis

Davis, Katherine (2016) Reconciling views of project success : a multiple stakeholder model. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

  • I am an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) on the Leading to Grow Programme which aims to equip businesses to grow, innovate, and increase productivity through adopting digital and new technologies. The Programme falls under the Business Basics from BEIS, a fully-funded training for microbusinesses.
  • Written book chapters and published research papers in peer reviewed journals on measuring success in project management as perceived by different stakeholders. Currently collaborating externally with eminent researcher Professor Jeff Pinto (Black School of Business, Penn), Professor Merlin Stone (St Mary's, Twickenham) and researchers at COMSTATS University in Pakistan.
  • Design, created and run the embedding of PRINCE2 in modules for the entire University including the Computer and Engineering Schools.
  • Developed 'The Ardonagh Scheme' with the Ardonagh Insurance Group. This 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. Paid placements, in-course real life projects are also offered with guaranteed job roles every year within the areas of project management, infrastructure engineer, supply and management and IT security. This kind of initiative supports the general strategic aim of employable graduates and also extends the University involvement with employers at graduate level.
  • Set up, lead and organise an employer's forum which promotes strong relationships between the University and industry. Its focus is to advise on curriculum content that develops skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of future employment.
  • External examiner for Apsley Business School from 2015 - 2018.
  • Conducted external speaking engagements and guest lectures to top oil and gas executives from Uzbekistan.
  • Guest speaker for Portsmouth University in Project Management.

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • Awarded Honorary Professorship from Apsley Business School in 2019 for contribution to embedding employability in the curriculum.

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