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Professor David Brown

Emeritus Professor, Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre

David Brown

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 594206

Research overview

My main research interest has two separate but linked strands. Firstly, strategic studies including strategic information systems and e-business, secondly the application of these strands internationally, especially in transitional economies. Current research includes:  E-business adoption in micro SMEs; complex ICT adoption in SMEs in UK, Jamaica, China and Bahrain; interaction between ICT adoption and quality standards in auto manufacturing in Turkey. Complementing this is strategy and policy work including: strategic alliances; strategic ICT in Saudi healthcare; public programme policy implementation of ICT in UK SMEs; equality and diversity within the Anglican Church. The majority of work is strongly organisationally based, including action research and SSM.

Research Grants

EPSRC (2007) Centre for e-management and e-science: collaborative applications and SMEs (with R. Crouchley et al.( £206,000); EU ASIA LINK (2005) Enhancement of teaching and research in Management Education: Innovation and E-Business (lead academic, with Stockholm Business School, University of Science and Technology Beijing, National University of Laos) £275,000; KTP (2003) SSM based Systems Implementation (lead academic, with N. Lockett) £94,000; EU ASIA IT&C (2002) EQUIT – Education Quality Improvement through Digital Technologies (lead academic, with Copenhagen Business School) £329,000; HP and SAP (1999) Engaging SMEs in e-business (with N. Lockett) £40,000; ESRC (1992) Managing the Contract Process in the NHS (with P. Checkland et al.) £64,680; ESRC (1990) Comparative Decision Making in China and UK (with Easterby-Smith et al.) £93,000); UNDP (1990) Management Education for China's Foreign Trade Sector (with University of Manchester) £210,000; British Council ALCS (1990) Management and Management Education in China (extension) £2800; British Council ALCS (1987) Management and Management Education in China £14,000.

Current Teaching

Major courses in Strategic Management and Strategy and IT, including E-business for:

LCMC China Executive Programmes ACYF and others; IMPM; CMPM; British Airways MBA Executive Programme; LEAD; ALP; VSEL MBA Executive Programme; Consortial MBA; The Bailrigg Programme (NHS Senior Management Programme).

Postgraduate                                                                                                                                        MSc Information Management; MSc in Information Technology, Management & Organisational Change; FT MBA


Research Interests

Strategic Management; Strategy and IT, including E-Business;
Management in Transitional Economies, especially China; Innovation and IT; SMEs and IT; IT policy 


MA Systems Lancaster, Dip Chem Eng (Hons), M I Chem E C Eng

Professional Role

2005 to present Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre 

2012 Co-organiser LUMS and Wuhan University International Conference 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice Relevant to China',  Wuhan PRC 

2009 Co-organiser LCMC and Fudan University International Conference 'Sustainable Development in China', Fudan, Shanghai, PRC

2007 Co-organiser LCMC, FASS, Beijing Foreign Studies University IAS Colloquium 'New Discourses in Contemporary China', Lancaster

2005 Project Principal EU funded project Enhancement of Teaching and Research in Management Education (ENTRE) 

2003 Co-Chair International Conference 'Economy and Business in China – Now and Future', Lancaster China Management Centre, Lancaster

1990-93 Head, Department of Systems and Information Management 

1992-99 Director MSc Information  Management

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