Dr Serhiy Kovela


I am a scholar, educator, and practitioner with over 21 years of business IT and project management experience. I provide advisory services and deliver educational and training programmes internationally for undergraduate, postgraduate university levels and executive audiences. 

My educational background is in Electrical Engineering (MSc), Computer Science (PhD) and Business Administration (MBA). I also have a range of professional qualifications, notably in project management (classic and Agile), information systems design, facilitation, and teaching and learning in higher education. I am also an Accredited AgilePM Trainer.

At Kingston, I have worked since 2003 delivering teaching in information systems and project management, as well as course leadership and internal staff development activities.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD Computer Science / MBA / MSc Electrical Engineering / PgCert T&L Higher Education
  • Chartered IT Practitioner / Fellow Higher Education Academy / Certified Management and Business Educator
  • Prince2 Practitioner / MSP Practitioner / AgilePM Practitioner / Scrum Master
  • AgilePM Accredited Trainer
  • Facilitation Practitioner

Teaching and learning

At Kingston, I have designed and taught a broad variety of disciplines, on the undergraduate, postgraduate and executive level, both locally and internationally. The list includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Business Agility
  • Project Management 
  • Management Consultancy
  • Strategic Information Systems Management
  • Management Research Project


  • Strategic Project Management and Practice


  • Contemporary Project Management
  • Data Analytics for International Business
  • Business IT and Statistics
  • Business Performance Management Technology
  • Global Information Technology
  • Internet Information Systems

Qualifications and expertise

  • Chartered IT Practitioner / Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Prince2 Practitioner / MSP Practitioner / AgilePM Practitioner / Scrum Master
  • AgilePM Accredited Trainer
  • Facilitation Practitioner

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I currently participate in the Enriching Working Lives Research Hub.

Areas of specialism

  • IT integration in mergers and acquisitions (FS sector)
  • Project Management
  • Business Resilience and Agility
  • Agile Business Culture

Scholarly affiliations

  • Enriching Working Lives Research Hub @ KBS


Number of items: 12.


Burke, Declan and Kovela, Serhiy (2017) ITMA - IT Integration in mergers and acquisitions. International Journal of Business and Management, 12(11), pp. 16-40. ISSN (print) 1833-3850

Heaton, Karen Macdonald, Skok, Walter and Kovela, Serhiy (2016) Learning lessons from software implementation projects : an exploratory study. Knowledge and Process Management, 23(4), pp. 293-306. ISSN (print) 1092-4604

Kovela, Serhiy and Skok, Walter (2015) Mergers and acquisitions in banking: a framework for effective IT integration. International Journal of Business and Management, 10(3), pp. 279-294. ISSN (print) 1833-3850

Kovela, Serhiy and Skok, Walter (2012) Mergers and acquisitions in banking: understanding the IT integration perspective. International Journal of Business and Management, 7(18), pp. 69-81. ISSN (print) 1833-3850

Ennals, Richard, Stratton, Les, Moujahid, Noura and Kovela, Serhiy (2009) Global information technology and global citizenship education. AI & Society, 23(1), pp. 61-68. ISSN (print) 0951-5666

Botchkaryov, Alexey, Woznyuk, Oleg and Kovela, Serhiy (2001) Автоматизація розробки корпоративних інформаційних систем: підходи та перспективи розвитку [Automating the design of corporate information systems: approaches and perspectives]. National University Lviv Polytechnic Bulletin, 437, pp. 15-22. ISSN (online) 0321-0499

Dudykevych, Valerij and Kovela, Serhiy (1999) Алгоритм проективання механізму захисту контекстно-залежної інформації в автоматизованих банках даних [Design algorithm for securing context-dependent information in data banks]. Information Security, 1, pp. 24-30.

Kovela, Serhiy (1999) Підтримка цілісності інформації автоматизованих банків даних в умовах паралельної обробки [On preserving the integrity of information in automated data banks with parallel data processing]. Computer Technologies in Printing, 3, pp. 114-118.

Conference or Workshop Item

Botchkaryov, Alexey and Kovela, Serhiy (2011) A new approach to coordinate multi-agent interaction and decision making. In: Integrated Intellectual Complexes in Robotics 2011; 23 Jun 2011, Kiev, Ukraine.

Botchkaryov, Alexey and Kovela, Serhiy (2008) Concept of multi-agent conditional interplay. In: EUROSIM/UKSim 10th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation; 1-3 Apr 2008, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 9781424431922

Botchkaryov, Alexey and Kovela, Serhiy (2007) Modeling the emergent behaviour using the multiagent conditional interplay. In: 19th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium (EMSS 2007): Simulation in Industry; 4-6 Oct 2007, Bergeggi, Italy.

Botchkaryov, Alexey and Kovela, Serhiy (2006) CyberCromlech: A new framework for collective behaviour game experiments. In: 20th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS 2006); 28-31 May 2006, Bonn, Germany.

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

As a business IT practitioner, consultant and Accredited AgilePM Trainer, I engage in various projects and initiatives, both individually and in partnership with professional organisations, e.g.:

  • Championing an innovative annual series of professional development events for young IT professionals at British Computer Society (successfully ran in 2009 and 2010);
  • Delivering teaching programmes in project management, consultancy and business agility as a visiting professor at Ukrainian Catholic University and RANEPA (2014 - 2020);
  • Leading a Kingston Business Breakfast event for local business community exploring how business data could be leveraged to facilitate growth (2015) (http://www.kingston.ac.uk/events/item/1443/12-feb-2015-business-breakfast-driving-your-business-with-information/);
  • Collaborating with Europe's largest enterprise innovation network, Enterprise Europe Network, to supply high-quality consultancy projects for students at Kingston Business School and boost local business growth (2015 and 2016) (https://newable.co.uk/connecting-academia-and-business-to-create-commercial-success/);
  • Organising and co-delivering extra-curricular training programme in advanced business data analytics for Kingston MBA (2017);
  • Collaborating with an industry partner to develop an innovative instrument facilitating IT integration projects in banking mergers and acquisitions and presenting it at a successful industry event (2018) (http://www.annantech.com/node/30);
  • Facilitating one of the streams at the Agile Business Conference (London, 2019) (https://www.agileconference.org/speaker/dr-serhiy-kovela/);
  • Presenting an overview of the AgilePM project management methodology to colleagues at KBS as part of the Accredited AgilePM Trainer certification (2020);
  • Collaborating with an industry partner to produce an innovative module in business agility for KBS MBA and deliver training for the professional qualification in project management to students at Kingston School of Arts (2020);
  • Initiating and presenting a series of online seminars on business resilience and agility for the local business community and KBS MBA students/alumni hosted by KBS in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19-induced economy crisis (2020);
  • Leading internal workshops at KBS exploring its organisational culture and identifying ways of improving its agility and responsiveness to change (2019 - 2021).

Qualifications and expertise

  • AgilePM Accredited Trainer
  • AgilePM Practitioner
  • Scrum Master
  • Facilitation Practitioner
  • MSP Practitioner
  • Prince2 Practitioner
  • Chartered IT Practitioner

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Agile Business Consortium
  • Member, Chartered Management Institute
  • Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
  • Executive Committee Member, Young Professionals Group, British Computer Society (past)
  • Chartered member, British Computer Society

Leadership and management

At Kingston, I have lead and managed course programmes both on the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These include: 

  • Digital Business BSc (Hons)
  • Business Information Technology MSc (Hons) (phased out)
  • Business Information Technology BSc (Hons) (phased out)

University responsibilities

  • Course Director for Digital Business BSc (Hons)

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