Professor Chris Ivory

Director, Innovative Management Practice (IMPACT) Research Centre

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership

Professor Chris Ivory's main areas of academic interest are: project management; innovation in construction, technology innovation; digital technology work and management and business school strategy.


Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, Chris Ivory was a senior lecturer at The University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Business School. He holds a PhD and MSc from PREST (Policy Research into Engineering Science and Technology), part of Manchester University. Chris has also been a Research Associate in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University and before that at CROMTEC, at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

Chris has written for journals including the British Journal of ManagementBusiness HistoryLong Range PlanningProject Management JournalCritical Perspectives on International BusinessConstruction Management and EconomicsInternational Journal of Project ManagementR&D ManagementTASMEphemera and Planning Theory. He has also written on business school strategy through a series of commissioned Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) reports.

Research interests

  • Technology innovation in the construction and capital goods industries
  • Technology innovation in health-care.
  • Digital technology and the transformation of work and management
  • The role of digital technology in manufacturing SMEs
  • Socio-material and actor-network approaches to innovation
  • Business tools and technology benefits realization
  • Business school strategy

Areas of research supervision

  • Critical approaches to projects
  • The role of technology in the construction industry
  • The impacts of digital technology on work and management
  • The role of technology and the public sector
  • The role of the user in technology innovation
  • Technology benefits realization and business tools

Present supervisions

  • Abdul Azeez, Jamsith First supervisor FBL PHD London FT Jan 16 Business (PhD with progression from MPhil), Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour (PhD with progression from MPhil)
  • Dias Carolas, Ricardo First supervisor FBL PhD Business FT Jan 13 Institute of International Management Practice 
  • Jacob Christine, First supervisor FBL PhD PT April 2017 Faculty of Business and Law
  • Jones Sharon, Second supervisor FHEMS PhD (Education) - PT Oct13 Education 
  • Kirby, Seth First Supervisor FBL PhD FT Sept16 Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism

Recent PhD completions

  • Michael Duignan - Mega project legacies: London Olympics 2012, Anglia Ruskin University (2017)


Innovation and technology management, project and change management, technology strategy, innovation studies, management in the media. Chris also has extensive experience of teaching and leading modules for MBAs, Executive MBAs, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. 

Chris is presently an external examiner for the Global MBA at Manchester University. Previously he has been the external examiner for Leeds University UG programmes and Masters programmes at Manchester University. 


  • PhD Innovation and Diffusion in the UK Construction Industry, PREST, University of Manchester, 1995 - 2002.
  • MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy, PREST, University of Manchester, 1992 - 1993.
  • BSc (Hons) in Communication and Information Studies (2:1) Brunel University, 1988 - 1992.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial Board of Construction Management and Economics

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Present research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Co-investigator (UK lead) –INTERREG, Grow-In (Industry 4.0). Examining and supporting the uptake of digital technology amongst manufacturing SMEs in the North Sea region. Developing business models and tools. Total project value 3.607.589 €. August 2017 to September 2020. 

Co-Investigator (UK lead) – FORTE, The Digitalization of Management. Examining changes in management practice as a consequence of digital technology – a comparison of Sweden and the UK. Total project value £739, 900. January 2017 to January 2020, value to Business School £180K – with a likely extension to 6 years. Collaboration between ARU and Mälardalen University, Sweden.

Recently completed projects

Principle Investigator - Cams, Herts and Beds Police. Examining the ‘Athena’ system - Benefits Realisation from Information and Mobile Technology (£20K), March 2015 - January 2016

Co-PI – FP7 - INTERREG/ERDF – Business for Age Phase 2 (222,000 €), March 2015- September 2015 (see below).

Co-PI - FP7 - INTERREG/ERDF, Business for Age: Project exploring the contribution of cross-border trade to innovation in services and technologies for the aged (307,000 €), July 2014 – Feb 2015. I wrote the final report which secured the funding of the second phase.

Co-PI - FP7 - INTERREG/ERDF, CURA-B (1.3 million €) Project looking at tele-health and tele-care technology innovation in the ‘2 Seas Region’, June 2011-June 2014. Rated 4* for impact by 2014 REF panel.

Project lead – Innovation and Technology Healthcare Organisations (InTHO) – two-year project internally funded by Anglia Ruskin, project exploring the impacts of technology change on healthcare organisations (£113,800), July 2014 – July 2017.

Chris has also led on research for a major gas utility examining the role of mobile communications and diagnostic technologies on gas engineers’ working practices.

Selected recent publications

Popova, I., Ivory, C., and Uhlin, A. (2018) Approach to government digital transformation: comparing the UK and Sweden. 18th European Conference on Digital Government, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 25th-26th October.

Popva, I., Ivory, C. and Hallin, A. (2018) Living with monsters: Introducing experience to the theorizing of sociomaterial entanglement. Paper submitted to the 2018 IFIP 8.2 Working Conference in San Francisco. Living with Monsters? Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena, Hybrid Agency and the Performativity of Technology, San Francisco State University, December 11 & 12.

Hallin, A., Ivory, C., Anderson, C., Crevani, L., Lindel, E. Popova, I. and Uhlin, A. (2018) Digital tools and work practices in groups: proposing a conceptual framework to understand the dynamic reconfiguration of virtual teams. Paper submitted to the 2018 IFIP 8.2 Working Conference in San Francisco. Living with Monsters? Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena, Hybrid Agency and the Performativity of Technology, San Francisco State University, December 11 & 12.

Ivory, C. (2017) The prospects for a production management body of knowledge in business schools: Response to Koskela (2017) ‘Why is management research irrelevant?’, Construction Management and Economics, 35(7): 385-391. (2* in CABS/ 4* in Aus ERA)

Hallin, A. Crevanthi, L. Ivory, C. and Mörndal, M. Digitalisation and work – sociomaterial entanglements in steel production: matters of fact and matters of concern, paper to be presented at NFF, Bodø, August 23-25, 2017.

Duignan, M., Ivory, C. and Anette Hallin (2017) Rethinking Mega-Projects: Politics of Core and Host Contexts in the London Olympics, presented at IRNOP, 11-14th June, Boston University, Mass.

Ivory C. and Hallin, A. (2016) Animals, social interaction and projects management, SCOS, 11-14 July, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Alderman, N. Ivory, C. (2016) Sweating the small stuff: why incremental innovation is difficult in complex projects, British Academy of Management, 6-8 September.

Alderman, N. and Ivory, C. (2015) Dealing with ambiguity in complex projects: planned or emergent practices? (ed. Marrewijk, A.H. van) Advances in Organization Studies Series, Copenhagen: CBS Press.

Richard Davies, Florence Crespin-Mazet, Åse Linné, Catherine Pardo, Malena Ingemansson Havenvid, Chris Harty, Chris Ivory and Robert Salle (2015) BIM in Europe: Innovation Networks in the Construction  Sectors of Sweden, France and the UK. Proceedings of ARCOM [Available online :

Ivory, C. Legakas, S.  and Alderman, N. (2015) Delivering projects despite project management, IRNOP, Bartlett School, London.

Heron, C., Alderman, N. and Ivory, C. (2014) ‘Projectification’ and the diffusion of project management in Higher Education, Paper prepared for the Making Projects Critical 7 workshop, Stockholm, 23-24 Jan, 2.

Ivory, C and Turner, W. (2014) Defensible spaces in weakly structured interdisciplinary project teams – extending and re-thinking the role of boundary objects, Paper prepared for the Making Projects Critical 7 workshop, Stockholm, 23-24 Jan, 2.

Ivory, C. (2013) The role of the imagined user in planning and design narrative, Planning Theory, 12(4): 425-441. (well regarded journal, not on the CABS list, 20th/55 in its field)

Alderman, N, Ivory, C, McLoughlin, I. and Vaughan, R. (2013) Managing Complex Projects: Networks, Knowledge and Integration, London: Routledge.

Recent presentations and conferences

Invited speaker for:

  • Association of Researchers in Construction Management 3rd Annual Conference – Brutal Technology, Cambridge, UK, invited keynote (September, 2017).
  • Newcastle University Business School, development seminar, invited discussant (May, 2017).
  • Marladarlen University, invited ‘inspiration session’ (March, 2017).
  • Modernizing Justice: Atos-hosted seminar: Transforming outcomes through citizen-centricity, discussant on expert panel (June, 2016).
  • Cambridge University School of Architecture – invited talk, Organisational Change is War, June 2016.
  • Said Business School, sources of inherent stability in technology-based projects, Feb, 2015. invited talk.
  • Biz-4-Age/Innovombre discussant on expert panel, the role of universities in healthcare innovation, Kortijk, (Nov 2014).
  • Project Management Institute (Lithuania) inaugural conference invited keynote (May, 2013).
  • BI Business School, Oslo, invited talk on Innovation in Construction (April, 2013).
  • Manchester Business School, Re-thinking Critical Perspectives on Project Management, seminar presentation (February, 2013).