Dr Ana Cristina Vasconcelos

Senior Lecturer in Corporate Information Management

BA (Lisboa, Portugal), PGDip (Lisboa, Portugal), PhD (Sheffield Hallam)

Ana Vasconcelos 2014


+44 (0)114 222 2633

My research interests are centred on the interface between the management of information and knowledge and the implementation and adaptation of information systems. My research has developed a unique integration of process and structural models in knowledge management and has been funded by the European Community and the AHRC. Specific interests are: organisational learning, knowledge sharing and boundary spanning practices; absorptive capacity and knowledge integration; communities of practice, virtual communities and identity; IS implementation and adaptation. I bring a perspective to these themes influenced by Arenas/Social Worlds Theory, Practice Theory and approaches such as Discourse Analysis and Grounded Theory.

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:

  • absorptive capacity, knowledge integration and innovation
  • adaptive capabilities and business resilience
  • knowledge sharing and boundary spanning practices
  • communities of practice, virtual communities and identity
  • information failure and organisational learning
  • information systems, particularly knowledge management systems and social enterprise software: implementation, adaptation and use

I am head of the Knowledge and Information Management Research Group


Current PhD Students

Hooria Ali Hafedh: Knowledge transfer from the perspective of a “Quadruple Helix”: The banking sector in Bahrain

Bekim Kasumi: Network management for innovation performance of Research Track 1: Enterprise Innovation and Development

James Toner Understanding organisational learning and knowledge sharing in pursuit of organisational effectiveness: A multi-actor, international school perspective

Naveendra Weerakoon: Service Innovation in Knowledge Intensive Business Services. Approach of Managing Knowledge Across Boundaries


Completed PhD Students

Shuyang Li:

Dimitris Bibikas: Towards a holistic model of the third generation of enterprise knowledge management systems.

Alice Schofield: Evaluating the intellectual assets of the scholarship and collections directorate at the British Library.

Titima Thumbumrung: Knowledge sharing across boundaries in interdisciplinary scientific and technological research projects in Thailand.

Cristian-Andrei Gherhes: Economic Resilience, Enterprise Growth and Entrepreneurial Activity.

Ying Wang: Exploring how nascent digital enterprises develop relational capabilities with local businesses in a mutually reinforcing perspective.

Alexander Schauer: A multi-cultural study on knowledge, individual, team, organisational and institutional factors affecting knowledge sharing willingness in the IT services industry.

Inaam Idrees: Clique and Elite: Inter-Organisational Knowledge Sharing across Five Star Hotels in the Saudi Arabian Religious Tourism and Hospitality Industry - a Grounded Theory Study.

Raid M. Al-Adaileh: Management styles and managers attitudes towards IT: a developing country case study.


Research Projects


European Commission Principal Investigator £115,296 17 November 2008 24 months



Higher Education Academy Investigator £2,858 2 January 2008 5 months


An Inquiry-Based Model for Research Methods Training

Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences Investigator £9,395 1 September 2007 17 months

The project aimed to develop and evaluate an inquiry-based model for research methods training of undergraduate and postgraduate students.


A Model for Research Methods Training for New Research Students in Libraries and Information Studies

Arts and Humanities Research Council Investigator £9,801 1 January 2007

The project aimed to develop a framework for research training and a series of joint seminars for Library and Information Science doctoral students.