Professor Trevor Wood-Harper

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Position: Professor of Information Systems
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Trevor Wood-Harper is Professor of Information Systems and Systemic Change, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, having been recruited in 2003 to lead Information Systems research and doctoral education at the new University created through the merger of Victoria University of Manchester and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He has been a full professor for 25 years at 5 universities. Previously Professor Wood-Harper was the £100,000 Foundation Chair in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Salford from 1990 and the Director of the Information Systems Research Institute where he managed the unit from 1992-2003. The Institute was awarded a 2 research rating in 1992, a 4 in 1996 and a 6* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Professor Wood-Harper led and prepared the 3 submissions. Recently he was an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Information Systems and continues on the Information Systems Journal Editorial Board. To date he has examined more than 100 PhD and supervised successfulluy more than 50. Also when he was at University of East Anglia Wood-Harper established one of the first start-up companies in Information Systems consultancy for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in using Action Research.

Research Interests

Professor Wood-Harper’s research area is Information Systems and Management. He has published over 210 research articles, 21 journal papers since 2001, co-authored or co-edited 20 books and proceedings on a wide range of topics including the Multiview methodology, social informatics, information systems evolution for developing countries, electronic government, commerce and communities, action research, ethical considerations in systems development, foundations of information systems and doctoral education.

His preferred research method is Action Research, which attempts to improve both practice as well as the theoretical development of information systems. The Multiview systems development method was developed in small organisations and developing countries based on his professional experience from Granada TV and British Airways. This approach has been applied to various other organisations including British Aerospace and large Danish companies. Multiview continues to be developed and used by both academics and practitioners in the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, Malaysia and India. Currently the Methodology is in the process of incorporating organised activity and communities ulilising Web 2.0 and Social Media. In the last 2 years more concentration has made on Information Systems Assessment in the areas of Health Care Commissioning and Use at Universities.

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  • Khasawneh, S., Jalghoum, Y., Wood-Harper, T., & Harfoushi, O. (2015). Investigating the Barriers Affecting the Implementation of E-Government: An Empirical Study in Jordan. In host publication.. Publication link: 7e50049a-2d66-4601-a5cd-1d632eb6df77
  • Badewi, A., Mohamad, M., Shehab, E., & Wood-Harper, A. (2015). Business Innovation in ERP Orchestration Theory: Multicasts from the west and East. Journal of Strategic Information Systems. . Publication link: 706e4e99-e4fc-4d4f-8f38-2098a39b11eb
  • Jalghoum, Y., Khasawneh, S., & Wood-Harper, T. (2015). An Empirical Research of the Challenges to E-Health Initiative in Jordan. In host publication.. Publication link: 3eaa5465-e275-4d42-a612-2ba27526ae52
  • Mohamad, M., Wood-Harper, A., & Ramlogan, R. (2015). Mobile Financial Services at the Base of the Pyramid: A Systemic view for Cross-Sector Governance and Embedded Innovation. In Organizational Innovation and IT Governance in Emerging Economies. (pp. 46-82). Canada: IGI. . Publication link: a0fb5b9a-9118-4ccd-a078-671a8188bba6
  • Moreira, N., de Santa-Eulalia, L. A., Aït-Kadi, D., Wood-Harper, T., & Wang, Y. (2015). A conceptual framework to develop green textiles in the aeronautic completion industry: a case study in a large manufacturing company. Journal of Cleaner Production, 105, 371-388. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.09.056. Publication link: d720e4b3-c7fb-4340-a7c9-cc226fa23f3e


  • Mohamad, M., Wood-Harper, A., Ramlogan, T., & R., . U. (2014). Mobile Money System Development at the Base of the Pyramid: Multiperspectives of Networked Virtual Collaboration. In host publication. Philadelphia, USA. . Publication link: aa318a16-fb22-43d2-a32f-b12ae8661aee
  • Wood-Harper, A., Mohamad, M., Ramlogan, T., R, . U., & R., . U. (2014). Entry Modes and the Impact of Mobile Microfinance at the Base of the Pyramid: Scenarios of 'My Village Phone' in Egypt. In Organizational Innovation and IT Governance in Emerging Economies. CANADA: IGI Global. . Publication link: 4c05e080-b599-4aae-9d6c-4df6475145ca
  • Mohamad, M., Wood-Harper, A., Ramlogan, R., Wadhwa, M. (Ed.), & Harper, A. (Ed.) (2014). Multiview of Mobile Money System Development at the Base of the Pyramid: Case of e-Masary in Egypt after the Revolution. In Advances in Business Information Systems and Analytics (ABISA). USA: IGI Global. . Publication link: 826f0af9-fc86-4308-b79b-23303c5385df


  • Harrop, N., & Wood-Harper, T. (2013). Investigating and assisting the practice of healthcare commissioning in the United Kingdom. In host publication. SIG Practice workshop on IT Artefact Design & Work Practice Improvement. . Publication link: 6ad9d0ea-efe1-41e1-8c55-0dbd9cb70c7f
  • Mohamad, M., Wood-Harper, A., Ramlogan, T., & R, . U. (2013). Multiple perspectives of Mobile Money Systems Development: Case of e-Masary in Egypt. In host publication. Orlando, FL, USA. . Publication link: 10f875fa-07bb-4fb2-83fb-c07161bffa48
  • Wood-Harper, T., & Dabaieh, M. (2013). Participatory action research as a tool in solving desert vernacular architecture problems in the Western Desert of Egypt. Action Research, 11(3), 279-298. . Publication link: 36acf5d2-91aa-4a0e-8bbf-6bbe59b32a44
  • Mohamad, M., & Wood-Harper, T. (2013). Using The Base Of The Pyramid Strategy As Lens For Cross-Sector Collaboration In Financial Inclusion: Case Of e-Masary For Mobile Financial Services. In host publication. University of Manchester. . Publication link: ac4e764a-5ffd-4c4f-8d63-45ead3a340c7
  • Khosravani, A., Nicholson, B., & Wood-Harper, T. (2013). A case study analysis of risk, trust and control in cloud computingA case study analysis of risk, trust and control in cloud computingA case study analysis of risk, trust and control in cloud computing. In host publication. (pp. 879-887). IEEE. . Publication link: aeed9c9f-5dc8-4158-b327-9b3545dbd527


  • Harrop, N., Gillies, A., & Wood-Harper, A. T. (2012). Actors and clients: Why systems dynamics needs help from soft systems methodology and unbounded systems thinking. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 63(12), 1788-1789. DOI: 10.1057/jors.2012.99. Publication link: 7fa799a0-b7e9-42e5-89eb-26d6bb5d3855


  • Wood-Harper, T., Singh, R., & Alkhalifa, E. (Ed.) (2011). The Socio-Technical Balanced Scorecard for Assessing a Public University. In E-Strategies for Resource Management Systems: Planning and Implementation. (pp. 47-60). Hershey, PA.: IGI, Global. . Publication link: e41ffd68-57dd-465e-97af-b8f7b0063d9e


  • Singh, R., & Wood-Harper, T. (2010). Social Consequences of Nomadic Working: A Case Study in an Organisation. In J. R. Venable, J. Pries-Heje, & N. L. Russo (Eds.), IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Volume 318. (pp. 143-158). Perth, Australia: SpringerLink. . Publication link: fa0fd3ce-a68b-4de4-bb26-ba88fd9f4b5d
  • Monday, A., & Wood-Harper, T. (2010). Exploring the supply chain of small and medium-sized South Australian wine producers. Supply Chain Forum, 11(1), 16-26. . Publication link: 85c1caf3-3594-4dfb-93c0-380870f206c2
  • Wood-Harper, T., Gatley, R. (Ed.), Newell, S. (Ed.), & Vidgen, R. (Ed.) (2010). Sociomateriality of IS and Organizations: The Imperative of Research Through University-Industry Collaboration. In R. Gatley, S. Newell, & R. Vidgen (Eds.), Sociomateriality of IS and Organizations: The Imperative of Research Through University-Industry Collaboration. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales and Bentley University. . Publication link: 633d3555-5816-446c-a57f-e5a96e33b64d
  • Lee-Klenz, S., Sampaio, P., & Wood-Harper, T. (2010). A requirements elicitation framework and tool for sourcing business-IT aligned e-services. In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing|Proc ACM Symp Appl Computing. (pp. 111-117). Sierre, Switzerland: Association for Computer Machinery (ACM). DOI: 10.1145/1774088.1774112. Publication link: 5bff8579-4b27-4251-b331-c92a61e27fe0


  • Malik, S. A., & Wood-Harper, T. (2009). Customer relationship management (CRM) in the banking sector of Pakistan: Problems and challenges. In Creating Global Economies through Innovation and Knowledge Management Theory and Practice - Proceedings of the 12th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2009|Creat. Global. Econ.through. Inniv. Knowl. Manage. Theory. Prat. - Proc. Int. Bus.Info. Manage. Assoc. Conf.. (Vol. 1-3, pp. 312-320). International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA. . Publication link: 3d39469f-3f20-4117-8c63-723377e7a66f
  • Singh, R., Wood-Harper, T., & Wood, R. (2009). Designing socio-technical systems for ubiquitous information environments. Scientific Enquiry, 9(1), 37-46. . Publication link: 2c1e23f3-df58-449c-93e7-cb8d957be626


  • Wood-Harper, T., Singh, R., & Pagani, M. (Ed.) (2008). Socio-cultural implications of wikipedia. In Encyclopaedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking. (2 ed.). Hershey, PA.: Idea Group. . Publication link: 77aef6a7-6d1b-452e-ab94-9b6ac01d1d23
  • Singh, R., & Wood-Harper, T. (2008). The socio-cultural implications of global software alliances. In Information Management in the Modern Organizations: Trends and Solutions - Proceedings of the 9th International Business Information Management Association Conference|Info.Manage. Mod. Organ. Trends. Solut.. (Vol. 1-2, pp. 299-305). International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA. . Publication link: 989b9268-e35e-4a80-a675-144400bbfe2f
  • Singh, R., Wood-Harper, T., & Bahli, B. (2008). The socio-technical balanced scorecard: a framework for assessing a public university. In 2008 International Conference on Information Resource Management.. Publication link: bd3e99ad-82ce-4b41-b20a-024185044df1


  • Singh, R., Wood-Harper, T., & Wood, R. (2007). The changing nature of work and the systems design process of the future. In host publication.. Publication link: 9fc4b906-ae97-41a0-8ef7-5ad34055507e
  • Singh, R., Wood, B., & Wood-Harper, T. (2007). Socio-technical design of the 21st century: A vision. In IFIP International Federation for Information Processing|IFIP Int. Fed. Inf. Process.. (Vol. 235, pp. 503-506). Manchester: Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-72804-9_39. Publication link: bb535f91-418b-4073-82c4-911f826bfe5b
  • Bell, S., & Wood-Harper, T. (2007). Applying the Multiview analysis and design methodology in a non governmental organisation in Bangladesh. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 20(2). . Publication link: cb970dc3-c16e-48bb-8502-5ef36aaaaa26
  • McManus, J., & Wood-Harper, T. (2007). Understanding the Sources of Information Systems Project Failure. Journal of the Management Services Institute, 51(2). . Publication link: 2fe63618-3284-4f19-9381-711590b476e1


  • Mehandjiev, N., Suttcliffe, A., & Wood-Harper, T. (2006). Technology interaction aspects of end-user development. Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, 18(4). . Publication link: 110be2c2-c08b-41cf-9363-ee0994a0e32b
  • Horton, K., & Wood-Harper, T. (2006). Information: Bridging Socio-Technical Action.European Journal of Information Systems, 15(6). . Publication link: b628c1ee-043b-4395-a43c-8240be4caa8a
  • Basden, A., & Wood-Harper, A. T. (2006). A philosophical discussion of the root definition in soft systems thinking: An enrichment of CATWOE. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 23(1), 61-87. DOI: 10.1002/sres.689. Publication link: f4e99682-ceab-4528-bb5f-257f0319a626


  • Kawalek, P., Lorenzo, O., & Wood-Harper, T. A. (2005). Embedding the Enterprise system into the Enterprise: A Model of Corporate Diffusion. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 15. . Publication link: a3455da7-712d-4c0f-b063-f562b2d2e67f


  • Bennetts, P. D. C., & Wood-Harper, T. (2003). Soft Systems Methodology in a Systemic Approach to Software Process Improvement. Journal of Applied Systems Studies, 4(4). . Publication link: acda1644-26d5-441a-bb25-99799b750443



  • Kawalek, P., & Wood-Harper, T. (2000). User Participation in Enterprise System Implementation: A Multiview Analysis. In Business Information Technology Conference.. Publication link: 40405c59-6f69-439d-815a-ad8f7dedd523