CV- Kawalek, John

John Paul Kawalek, PhD


Positions and Honors

2009- Current University of Sheffield

MBA Director, The MBA is a flagship program for the School and the University. I took this role as an opportunity to nurture the program around “Organizational Problem-Solving”, and Consultancy.


2009-Current Northern Doctoral Consortium Coordinator

The Northern Doctoral consortium is a network of research oriented Universities in the north of England, e.g. Manchester, Lancaster, Leeds, Newcastle, Durham, Hull, York. The consortium holds events to promote the development of PhD processes, and network events for PhD students in Management and Business.


Referee for journals

5 papers reviewed for the Journal of Information Management in the last 3 years.

2 papers for the Journal of Information Technology in the last 3 years

2 papers Journal of Systems Research and Behavioral Science in the last 3 years

2 papers for Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management SIG at the British Academy of Management


International Conferences

I am currently on the program committee of the International workshop on Organizational Design and Engineering, International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS).


In the last 3 years I have been on the Programme Committee of the ISONEWORLD conference. This has its remit, the promotion and integration of practitioners and academics.


Peer Review Publications (Chronological Order- Selected list 50 published articles)

Kawalek, J., (2008) What can we learn from Innovation Systems in the UK? Implications for Innovation Platforms, RIU Project commissioned by Department for International Development.


Kawalek, JP, & Hart, D., (2007), Managing E-Learning Group Processes using Teleological Inquiring Principles, Journal of Information Technology, 22, 133-151.


Kawalek, JP, (2007), Pedagogy and Process in ‘organizational problem-solving’, Informing Science, 10, 97-125.


Kawalek, J., (2007), Innovation Systems and the Research Into Use project: A ‘think piece’ which outlines the potential for an extended use of Systems Theory to guide the methods of Innovation Systems in the RIU project, RIU Project commissioned by Department for International Development.


Kawalek, J., (2007), Known Critical Success Factors in Innovation Systems, RIU Project commissioned by Department for International Development.


Kawalek, JP, (2006), Organizational Change through Management Development: a case study of GW Power Utilities, International Journal of Information Management, 26, 4, 339-348.


Kawalek, JP, (2004), Systems thinking and knowledge management: positional assertions and preliminary observations, Systems Research and Behavioural Science, 21, 17-36.


Kawalek, J.P. & Jayaratna, N. (2003), Evaluating 'Interpretive' Information Systems Research, in Benchmarking an International Journal, 10, 4, p.400-413.


Kawalek, J., & Hart, D., (2003) Towards process modeling in “Knowledge Management work”, E. Journal of Knowledge Management, 69-84.


Kawalek, JP & Jayaratna, N., Larrasquet, J.M., (2002), Un modele pour mieux compredre les liens entre les representations mentales du chercheur et la pratique, Management & Cognition, July. Translated as “A Framework for Understanding the Links between the 'Mental Construct' of an Action Researcher and Actions in Practice”, 195-218.


Smith, K. & Kawalek, (2001), Business ethics and e-commerce in contemporary society, Journal of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Elsevier, 212-231.


Kawalek J, Jayaratna N & Hackney R A (2001) Towards Relevancy in IS Consultancy: a paradigmatic examination, SYSTEMIST, Vol 23, No 1, pp 28-41.


Books in Print

Kawalek, JP., (2006), The Art of Organizational Problem-Solving, How to think about what we are doing in Management, Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter, Wales.


Kawalek, JP., (2008), Re-Thinking Information Systems in Organizations, Integrating Organizational Problem-Solving, Routledge, London.


Research Support ----------------------------------------------------------

February 2008-March 2008

UK Innovation Systems, What can we learn from Innovation Systems in the UK?

Implications for Innovation Platforms, Department of International Development (DFID)


December 2007

UK Innovation Systems, Known Critical Success Factors in Innovation Systems

Department of International Development (DFID)


December 2007 – April 2008 Social Processes in E-Learning

In this work we used new technology to develop a highly reflexive e-learning process, with the objective of organisational problem-solving in different client organisations.

NAVCA, Sheffield & The Knowledge Highway Ltd.