Affiliations and Collaboration

Last Update 09 November 2013






Odyssey Group



Principal Affiliations

Asia Pacific Technology Network (APTN), based in London, is a non-profit organisation which aims to raise awareness of the developments occurring in high technology in Asian countries and to encourage collaboration between companies in the UK (and indeed Europe) and those in the Asia-Pacific region.

Current projects include the continuing AP-BioPharma seminar series and a new initiative on engagement with African science.

Akihabara, Tokyo, 1998
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Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) has members from across the Ppacific Rim and beyond.

I am a board member and co-organiser, with Masatoshi Fujiwara of KyotoSangyo University, of APROS-15 to take place in Tokyo in February 2013, hosted by Hitotsubashi University.

Since 1989 I have attended meetings in Australia, Japan, China, India and the U.S.A. and I developed the first APROS website for the 2000 Sydney meeting.

Bund, Shanghai
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The Management and Organizational Development in Europe (MODE project is a cross-national collaboration with the ATLAS experiment, one of four particle physics experiments using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva.

This has examined knowledge sharing within an international, cross-institutional collaborative network with teams from 167 institutions from 37 countries throughout the world working on different aspects of this 'big science' project.

The aim of the research is to understand how strategic knowledge is effectively shared across a collaboration of research institutions in a large number of countries.

Shiva dancing outside Building 40, CERN
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Chatham House (RIIA), formerly known as The Royal Institute of International Affairs, is one of the world's leading institutes for the analysis of international issues.

APTN has a long standing relationship with Chatham House and continues to contribute to joint events of mutual interest.

Demonstration, London 2002.
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The Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Open University. It organises and conducts research in three main streams: innovation, knowledge and development. These streams are connected through various cross-cutting themes which build on recognised excellence in the areas of biotechnology innovation and development; innovation and industry dynamics; knowledge management; entrepreneurship; social learning and public action; and design innovation.

I am a member of this Centre which integrates researchers from six OU research groups from the Faculties of Social Sciences, Technology and the OU Business School (OUBS)..

Activities include an initiative on Asian Drivers in the Global Economy (

Accra, Ghana
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The Odyssey Group is an open network of organisation researchers which has meet in physical and cyber-space to discuss and enact the implications of the current generation of Information and Communication Technologies.

I have been involved with this group since its inception, attending meetings and workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, London, Tyneside, Ulster, Stockholm and New York.

Union Hall, Lowser Manhattan
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Design Research Society (DRS)

My initial professional qualification was in architecture, followed by a Masters in Applied Psychology. My doctoral studies investigated the organisational implications of computer aided architectural design (published in 1988) at the Department of Design Research, Royal College of Art, London. This resulted from contacts through the Design Research Society with which I have been involved for over twenty-five years, serving as a Council Member, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor during that time.

The Society hold regular meetings and cooperates with a variety of partners in international conferences. The 2010 conference, Design & Complexity , was held in Montreal, Canada.

DRS founded the journal Design Studies in 1979. This is the principal refereed journal for multi-disciplinary design research and is now published by Elsevier.

Design for use? (railway crossing instructions)
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IFIP Working Group 8.2 Interaction of Information Systems and the Organisation WG 8.2 I am a member of this working group and have participated in meetings since 1990. I am also a member of WG 8.6 Transfer and Diffusion of IT and have attended meetings of WG 9.4 Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

Most recently I attended the 2005 working conference on Ubiquitous Computing which took place in Cleveland, Ohio and the follow on meeting on Virtuality and Virtualization in Portland, Oregon in 2007.

The International Federation For Information Processing Working Group 8.2 was established by IFIP in 1977. WG 8.2 conducts working conferences, publishes books through IFIP, and publishes a semi-annual newsletter (OASIS). In addition, the working group maintains a listserv, a website and holds business meetings.

2004 working conference, Manchester, U.K.: delgates who also attended the 1984 Manchester Conference
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