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My Cranfield DBA Experience: Sean Fitzpatrick

With only 10-15 years worth of academic study into the topic of measuring employee engagement, Sean Fitzpatrick is aiming to bring some of his business expertise in this area into the academic field and vice versa; to take some of the academic work back out into use within his practice. In 2015 Deloitte identified employee engagement as the number 1 current issue for CEOs worldwide.

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My Cranfield DBA Experience: Frederic Delley

Why is it that when people think about innovative companies, they think of organisations such as Google, Apple, Procter & Gamble, but not of hotels and restaurant chains? Frederic Delley is researching innovation within the hospitality industry – specifically the tension that lies between the franchise model’s struggle for both consistency on one hand and innovation on the other, in order to compete at a global level.

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My PhD experience: Tahiru Liedong

Cranfield PhD Researcher, Tahiru Liedong talks about his research into business-government relationships and their impact on firm performance. Tahiru shares the reasons he came to Cranfield and his experience so far.

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The power of many at Liverpool Victoria

Daniel Connolly explains how Liverpool Victoria has been using peer to peer recommendations in the B2B space by integrating a review system across their product web pages. LV’s research has shown that harnessing the power of many in this way is driving sales and influencing brand perception.

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Transformational Journey: Dr Raied Abdul-karim

Dr Emma Parry, Director, International Executive Doctorate (DBA) and Reader in Human Resource Management welcomes a valuable contribution to this DBA webinar series by Dr Raied Abdul-Karim, DBA Alumnus from our 2005 cohort. Raied’s research topic was how to realize value from technology enabled change and his supervision panel members were Prof Joe Peppard, Prof Hugh Wilson and Prof John Ward. Having graduated in 2010, Raied talks us through his research and DBA experience, sharing how it has contributed to his career so far. Professor Hugh Wilson contributes from a faculty support perspective.

About Dr Raied Abdul-Karim:
A highly experienced professional with twenty five years working experience gained from working at large organisations in corporate services, Information Technology, project management, change management, strategy development and benefits realisation.

Having held many senior positions in UK government and private sectors – such as CIO, Director of Technology and Projects, Senior Business Management Consultant and Head of Strategy – Raied is currently working in the Gulf region, heading the department of Integration and Change Management for a major Oil and Gas organization.

Raied has an exceptional educational background, holding: a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA); a Master’s in Electronics Engineering (MSc); a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA); and a Bachelor’s in Electric and Electronic Engineering (BEng) – all gained from reputable UK universities. A graduate of the prestigious Top Managers Program in London, Raied has also won several national prizes and awards including Association for Project Management (APM) award in 2010 for best postgraduate research for his work on realising benefits from corporate investments.

Key motivator: To ensure research can be applied and adopted by the practitioner world, and that businesses use solid research and an evidence based approach to resolve current challenges.

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Next Doctoral Open Day at Cranfield School of Management – 19 MarĀ 2015

A learning framework for (big) data projects

Martin Douglas, PhD Researcher won Best Paper at the 2014 International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC). In this interview, Martin highlights the importance of a ‘situated’ or ‘social’ learning approach, alongside engaging with’Communities of Practice’ when delivering data research projects. Martin explains how different settings and lenses are vital – along with group effort – by sharing two research cases with us; a council and a large infrastructure project.

Related resources:

Adopting a situated learning framework for (big) data projects from Management Research

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Transforming corporate boards: Influencing national policy

Women on boards from Management Research

Research from the International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield School of Management

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