David Allen

Professor of Information Management

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Academic, Management, Adaptation, Information Management, Technology (AIMTech), Centre for Technology, Innovation and Engagement (C-Tie), Staff
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PhD in Information Management, The University of Sheffield
MSc in Information Systems Management, The University of Stirling


David is a Professor of Information Management in the Leeds University Business School and Director and Founder of the AIMTech Research Group (www.aimtech.org).  He has spent most of his academic life exploring information management practices and the influence of technology on organisational work. This has been facilitated by over 45 externally funded projects (2004-2012) conducted with colleagues in the AIMTech Research Group. David acted as PI on over 40 of these projects. During this period he has explored the use of Activity Theory to design systems,  theorise change and influence practice. He has worked with colleagues to produce frameworks to support the effective evaluation and implementation of information systems. His work has been published in leading information systems and management journals including the Management Information Systems Quarterly, the European Journal of Information Systems, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the  Information Systems Journal, and Information Research Journal, Information Research and elsewhere.  His recent projects have focused on information practices in high velocity environments and understanding the information sharing practices and innovation process related to the development of novel new technologies. Much of his work is undertaken in interdisciplinary teams with whom he has generated £12,875,973 of research funding (2008-2012). He led the University of Leeds involvement in the EU project WiMagic and is currently working with colleagues from AIMTech in the EU FP7 Network of Excellence ACROPOLIS and the FP7 STREP IMReal.  David regularly speaks at practitioner conferences. He has undertaken consultancy contracts for a range of public and private sector organisations and in 2008 was the third largest generator of consultancy income for the Consulting Leeds (University of Leeds Consultancy Company). In 2009 co-founded a University of Leeds spin off company: AIMTech Consulting. David has a longstanding relationship with the University of Porto where he holds a visiting position. David is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


Prof Allen’s research deals with information systems and their implications for work and organization, particularly at the strategic level. He also has an interest in the current discourse about the socio-philosophical foundations of information systems and information management. David is currently working on two funded research projects, on information overload in the financial and telecommunications sectors and on the informational and organizational issues surrounding the evolution of distributed information architectures in large complex organizations. He has recently completed two projects on the informational and organizational impact of mobile computing in UK police forces.


LUBS5751M Operations and Information Management

LUBS3050 Information Management in Organizations

LUBS5824M Operations & Information Management

LUBS5887M Knowledge Management

LUBS2780 Information in Organizations


Director AIMTech Research Group
Professor Information Management


Mishra, J., Allen, D.K., Pearman, A (2014) Information Seeking, Use, and Decision Making Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  advance online publication 21 May 2014 DOI: 10.1002/asi.23204

Allen, D.K., Karanasios, S., Norman, A (2013) Information sharing and interoperability: the case of major incident management. European Journal of Information Systems advance online publication 18 June 2013; doi: 10.1057/ejis.2013.8

Allen, D.K., Brown, A., Karanasios, S., Norman, A (2013) How Should Technology-Mediated Organizational Change be Explained? A Comparison of the Contributions of Critical Realism and Activity Theory Management Information Systems Quarterly 37 (2) pp 835-854

Baldini, G.,  Karanasios, S. Allen, D., . Vergari F. (2013) Survey of Wireless Communication Technologies for Public Safety," in Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE (PP:99), pp 1-23, 2013.

Karanasios, S., Lau, L., Thaker, D., Allen, D.K., Norman, A., Dimitrova V (2013) Making Sense of Digital Traces: An Activity Theory Driven Ontological Approach Accepted Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 64 (12) 2452–2467

Baldini,nG., Holland,O.,  Stavroulaki,V., Tsagkaris, K., Demestichas, P.,  Polydoros, A.,  Karanasios,S., Allen, D.K  (2013) The evolution of Cognitive Radio technology in Europe: regulatory and standardization aspects. Telecommunication Policy 37(2) 96–107

Ibrahim, N., Allen, D (2012) Information sharing and trust in emergency response: resolving contradictions in the activity systems Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 63(10) 1916-1928 (selected for a collected edition) 

Karanasios, S., Allen, D.(2013) ICT for Development in the Context of the Closure of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant: an Activity Theory Perspective. Information Systems Journal (23: 4) pp. 287–306

Mervyn, K., Allen, D.K (2012) Social Spatial Context and the Information Behaviour: social exclusion and the influence of mobile information technology in press Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 63 (6) 1125–1141

Allen, D. K (2011) Information Behaviour and Decision Making in Time Constrained Practice: A Dual-Processing Perspective Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (62) 11, 2165–2181

Allen, D.K., S. Karanasios, & M. Slavova (2011) Working with Activity Theory: Context, Technology and Information Behaviour. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62(4): p. 776-788.

Allen, D. & S. Karanasios (2011), Critical Factors and Patterns in the Innovation Process. Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, 5(1): p. 87-97

Karanasios, S. & D.K. Allen (2010), WiMAX for Development. Information Technology for Development, 6(4): p. 320-328.

Conference Presentations:

Mishra, J., Allen, D.K., Pearman, A (2013) Information use, support and decision making in complex environments.  ASIST Annual Meeting Montreal November

Allen, D.K. Fortune, D. Peters, R., Wilson, F. (2013) Enterprise Information Systems for Crisis Management CENTERIS 2013 - Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems Lisbon ( November)

Allen, D.K, Karanasios, S., Norman, A, Ibrahim, N (2012) Understanding the role of information systems pilots: evaluation, legitimization and experimentation AMCIS 2012 Proceedings. Paper 12.Seattle

Karanasios, S., Allen, D.K., and Mishra, J.L. (2012) Dynamic spectrum access: Implications of the diffusion of spectrum sharing technology, 18th Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2012 p. 2814.

Comes, T., Wijngaards, N, Maule, J.,  Allen, D. K, Schultmann, F (2012) Scenario Reliability Assessment to Support Decision Makers in Situations of Severe Uncertainty Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support  CogSIMA pg 30-37

Mishra, J., Allen, D.K., Pearman, A (2011) Information Sharing in Multi-Agency Major Incidents accepted for Annual  Conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2011, October 9–13, 2011, New Orleans, LA, USA

Pearman, A., Mishra, J., Allen, D.K. (2011) System 1, System 2 & Dual Processing: Which to be used in Major Incidents by Tactical Commanders accepted for the  23rd Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making conference. Kingston upon Thames (United Kingdom) August 21-25 201

Mishra, J., Allen, D.K., Pearman, A (2011) Activity Theory as a Methodological and Analytical Framework for  Information Practices in Emergency Management paper given at ISCRAM 2011 Proceedings of the 8th International ISCRAM Conference – Lisbon, Portugal, May 2011

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