Dr G. C. Alex Peng

Lecturer in Information Systems

BSc (1st Class, Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield), PGCertHE (Sheffield)

Alex Peng 2014


+44 (0)114 222 2658

I have active research interests in two broad areas, namely IS usage in the organisational context (e.g. IS implementation and evaluation, IS change management, IS project management, IS risk management, and knowledge management), as well as smart/sustainable city issues (e.g. smart city solutions design/development/evaluation, Green IS, cloud computing, and Internet of things). As a technology-oriented social scientist, I have a particular focus on the social, cultural, political, organisational, and environmental aspects related to the uptake of innovative digital technologies. I have in-depth knowledge and strong skills in designing and conducting both quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as carrying out mixed-methods research. I have been the PI or co-PI of a number of projects that aimed at designing, developing, implementing and/or evaluating IS applications (e.g. e-learning systems, mobile apps, smart city development) to satisfy the various needs of specific user groups (ranging from managers in a business context, to secondary school teachers in education, to cancer survivors in the healthcare environment). I have over 42 publications in the forms of high-quality journal articles, books, book chapters, edited conference proceedings, and full-refereed conference papers. I am the co-founder and co-chair of the IADIS International Conference on Information Systems Post-Implementation and Change Management (ISPCM) since 2012. I have also been regularly invited to provide consultancy advice to industrial partners in the areas of Smart City, Cloud Services, the Internet of Things, and ERP systems.

I am a member of the Information Systems Research Group


Current PhD Students

Arwa Aljohani: Critical factors leading to ERP replacement in Higher Education Institutions in Saudi Arabia: A Case Study.


Completed PhD Students

Mohamed Adil: Designing a decision model for an e-procurement decision support system for public sector using a multi-criteria decision analysis.

Si Chen: Business-IT alignment in Chinese SOE Group: A Case Study.

Reza Mojtahed: An Identification of Decision-Making Factors in Post-Implementation Development of e-Government Projects in the UK: A Single Case Study of Local Council in Yorkshire and Humber.


Research Projects

Developing and validating a robust Smart City measurement index

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Principal Investigator £7,950 28 October 2013 3 months

Three month placement at GSMA.


The Phoenix Project: Surviving Cancer

University of Sheffield Investigator £9,987 1 January 2013

This research, funded by a Sheffield Crucible Seed Funding Award and undertaken in collaboration with the Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology, the Department of Sociological Studies, and the School of English at the University of Sheffield, aimed to explore the unmet (e.g. psychological, sexual, and medical) needs of cancer survivors as well as to develop innovative IT tools (e.g. mobile website and mobile app) to support these unmet needs.


Communication for Life: Enabling Effective Communication in Adolescents with Severe and Complex Speech, Language and Communication Disability

University of Sheffield Investigator £38,282 1 January 2012

This research, funded by a University of Sheffield Collaborative R&D and Partnership Award and undertaken in collaboration with Human Communication Sciences Department, aimed to develop an e-resource system to train school teachers and students as well as make them become more aware of the needs of young children with learning difficulties.