Digital Futures at Work Research Centre
Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

Associate Fellows

Dr Ping-Jen Kao

Ping is a Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Sussex Business School. Background Ping-Jen received his PhD from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Before joining Sussex in 2021, Ping-Jen was a Research Fellow in Business Model Innovation at University College London. He is good at using counter-intuitive thinking to challenge conventional wisdom and develop innovative solutions for businesses. Ping-Jen focuses on developing overarching innovation and business model strategies. Research interests Digital transformation  Business model innovation  Product/service innovation  Online community management  Journal articles Kao, P.-J., Pai, P., & Tsai, H.-T. (2020). Looking at both sides of [...]

2022-06-28T17:34:11+01:0022 March 2022|
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Dr. Zahira Jaser

Research interests Zahira’s research focuses on multilevel relationships in today's hyperconnected organisations, where hierarchies are becoming more fluid, or even virtual. Her latest research focuses on how job seekers experience automated video job interviews (AVIs). She studies managers as connecting leaders, rather than bureaucrats. She investigates connecting leaders' ability to facilitate relational, dialectic processes, dealing openly with dilemmas and conflicts, focusing on tensions surrounding voice, empathy, authenticity. Recent journal articles Other publications Research Articles Spicer, A., Jaser, Z., & Wiertz, C. (2021). The future of the business school: finding hope in alternative pasts. Academy of Management [...]

2022-04-01T10:23:59+01:005 January 2022|

Dr. Fabian Stephany

Background Fabian Stephany is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. As an economist and social data scientist, Fabian investigates how we can create more sustainable jobs via data-driven reskilling in times of technological disruption. He is a co-creator of the Online Labour Observatory – a digital data hub for researchers, policy makers, journalists, and the public interested in the development of online labour markets, which is hosted by the OII and the International Labour Organisation. Fabian holds a PhD and degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from different European institutions, including Universitá Bocconi Milan and [...]

2022-01-21T11:50:16+00:0013 September 2021|

Dr. Josh Morton

Background I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategy and Innovation and joined Leeds University Business School in 2017. My PhD explored strategy and organisational legitimacy in pluralistic contexts. I have worked closely with organisations on a number of research and consultancy projects, many of which are ongoing, including with Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, CILIP, Microsoft, and the NHS. Research interests My research interests focus on strategy and innovation, including; pluralistic contexts, strategic agility, digital strategizing, open strategy, legitimation, and digital innovation. I have published in high-ranked journals and often present at leading conferences including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), [...]

2021-09-13T14:20:43+01:0013 September 2021|

Dr. Daria Luchinskaya

Background I am a Lecturer at the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation at Strathclyde Business School. My background is in economics, area studies and employment research. Prior to taking up my current role, I was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, and an Early Career Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study. Research interests Graduate transitions to employment The ‘graduate labour market’, including the SME context Skill development and skill utilisation Mixed methods research approaches Research Articles Okay-Somerville, B., Allison, I., Luchinskaya, D., & Scholarios, D. (2020). Disentangling the impact [...]

2021-09-13T14:20:17+01:0013 September 2021|

Dr. Christine Grant

Background Leading researcher in the field of remote and agile working, researching the impact of technology on work life balance, job effectiveness and wellbeing. Co-author of the book Agile Working and Wellbeing in the Digital Age. Development of new psychometric scales: E-Work Life and E-Wellbeing Scales measuring remote workers quality of life and wellbeing. Currently developing a new digital resilience competency framework for remote e-workers. Widely published and recently contributed to Government POST survey during COVID-19 on work related issues. Research interests Remote e-working Agile working e-competencies Digital resilience Psychometric scale development Research Articles Tramontano, C., Grant, C.A., [...]

2022-06-23T16:08:08+01:0013 September 2021|

Dr. Andreas Kornelakis

Background Andreas Kornelakis is a Senior Lecturer in International Management at King’s College London. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has been visitor in several universities such as: the University of Amsterdam; National University of Ireland (Galway); the European University Institute (Florence); and Athens University of Economics and Business. Research interests Andreas’ research interests fall largely within comparative management, HRM and employment relations. In his research he applies a comparative and institutional perspective, and current projects and interests are focused on: digitalisation of service work and platform work; digital firms, [...]

2022-07-26T15:13:12+01:0013 September 2021|

Asiya Islam

As part of her Marie Jahoda Visiting Fellowship (2021), Asiya Islam investigated 'Work from/at/for home: Women, e-retail, and the future of work in urban India'. This project explores gender inequalities in digital literacy, access, and use among youth in India. It is informed by the understanding that there is increasing dependence on digital technology for access to public services, education, and employment. The ‘Digital India’ programme, launched by the government, aims to empower citizens through technology. There are emerging areas of work, such as e-commerce, that are largely driven by digital technology. These developments have been accelerated by the [...]

2022-06-29T17:42:58+01:0028 April 2021|

Mariana Fernández Massi

In 2021, Mariana Fernandez Massi held a Maria Jahoda Visiting Fellowship at Digit Centre, with the purpose of contributing to a better understanding of the actors involved in platform labour unrest in the food delivery sector in Argentina and their relationship with mainstream unions and social movements. The research, carried out in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 2021, showed that protests linked to safety issues (injuries, accidents, robberies) are widespread, but mostly local and in reaction to specific episodes, while the main driver for labour unrest is the pay per ride. It also revealed that political orientation is more relevant [...]

2022-07-26T15:20:47+01:0028 April 2021|

Wieteke Conen

As part of her Marie Jahoda Visiting Fellowship (2021), Wieteke Conen investigated 'The value of work: working in the Digital Era'. Meaningful work, in essence, means work that enables people ‘to work as humans’. Work is improbable to be meaningful if it thwarts the ability of workers to meet their material needs, i.e. extrinsic values and rewards from work matter. In addition, meaningful work can bring intrinsic benefits of solidarity, community, purpose and satisfaction, adding to the basic advantage of being able to meet material needs through work. In this Fellowship, Wieteke examined how different conceptions of meaningful (and [...]

2022-07-05T14:51:09+01:0028 April 2021|
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