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.
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.