Elizabeth Daniel

Professor of Information Management

Elizabeth is Professor of Information Management. She joined The Open University Business School in January 2005 having been at Cranfield School of Management since 1999.  Prior to Cranfield, she had been at City University Business School and had spent a decade in industry, initially working as a medical physicist and latterly as a management consultant. 

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Biography

Elizabeth is Professor of Information Management. She joined The Open University Business School in January 2005 having been at Cranfield School of Management since 1999.  Prior to Cranfield, she had been at City University Business School and had spent a decade in industry, initially working as a medical physicist and latterly as a management consultant.

Elizabeth’s research focuses on the effective use of information systems by organisations and the individuals within those organisations. Recent research projects include exploring home based online entrepreneurship, working with colleagues from the School on a project to explore the use of personal data in both the financial services and travel sectors.  Elizabeth has also recently completed a project funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) that looked at current practices in project portfolio management.

A continuing theme of her work is the realisation of benefits from IS and IT investments and she is the co-author with John Ward of the book Benefits Management: How to Increase the Business Value of Your IT Projects.

Insight

First findings on the impact of COVID-19 on self-employment in the UK – evidence from the Understanding Society household survey

The self-employed accounted for 15% of the UK workforce in 2019 and many of these worked in sectors particularly at risk in this unprecedent crisis (ONS, 2020a). Compared to most other European countries, the level and previous increase in self-employment in the UK makes for an exceptional case (Hatfield, 2015), and this makes the monitoring of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on self-employment particularly important for UK economic and social policy.

Associated Themes
  • COVID-19
  • Entrepreneurship