Dr Arturo Vega
Lecturer in Innovation and Policy - Director of the MSc in E-business programmes
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- Personal Website: http://newcastle.academia.edu/ArturoVega
- Address: Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE, United Kingdom
PhD (innovation and policy), MBA, PG Cert (HE), PG Cert (Mktg), Cert (IS), BEng
I obtained a PhD at Lancaster University Management School on public policies for technology innovation in SMEs. My research has been awarded by the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), and has been selected to be published in the special issues of world-top conferences -International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and Engage Higher Education Institutions (Engage HEI). I have developed an emerging portfolio of publications in top-ranked journals (Association of Business Schools, ABS classification). I am also director of the MSc in E-business programmes. Prior to joining Newcastle University I worked as a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University Business School and research associate at Lancaster University Management School.
I have been a member of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the British Academy of Management (BAM), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
I have almost 10 years of rich experience in multinational corporations of the technology sector, including Oracle, IBM, Philips and Red Unicard. My international exposure embraces the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I have worked in very diverse areas, including my last leadership role in consulting. My background in industry has given me well-founded knowledge of practically all the business functions (procurement, logistics, inventory, production and operations, sales and marketing, customer service, and accounting and finance) as well as of all the organisational innovation process (strategy and innovation definition, project design, selection of products and suppliers, implementation, change management, training, support and evaluation). During my stay at Oracle, my teams secured around eight 6-digit-dollar contracts in business software. For this reason, I was a member of the Oracle Excellence Club in two opportunities and travelled to San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Las Vegas (USA) for the awards. I have also written several articles for newspapers and specialised magazines, and given interviews to the media.
My research is on innovation in society as the main driver for competitive advantage and economic development, with a focus on information systems and the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. I conceptualise innovation as the result of the interaction of determinants located at different levels, including the person, the company, the micro-environment (e.g. buyers, competitors and suppliers) and the macro-environment (e.g. governments, universities and business associations). More concretely, the success or failure of innovation in companies is a final consequence of the activities performed by several actors, as well as the coordinated work among themselves. For example, the small companies of an industrial sector could adopt a new e-business system if the universities of the region delivered specific consultancy support programmes funded by the government. Small and medium companies could also be directly or indirectly influenced to innovate by many other determinants such as national laws and regulations, the lobbying role of business associations, competitive pressures, the experience of companies with technology, and the innovative character of decision-takers in companies.
Given this diversity, I see innovation as a trans-disciplinary field of study. Therefore, some of the theories and concepts I use -at the moment- come from systems thinking, evolutionary and institutional economics, network theories, political sciences and public administration, research on higher education institutions, theories on pressure groups and voluntary organisations, organisational innovation, business studies and others. The multi-level nature of innovation also requires methodological pluralism -including quantitative and qualitative methods. Doing so, I guide my research using a critical realist perspective. The layered logic of this kind of research permits to address the underlying determinants that really block or enable innovation processes, which gives to this approach a relevant value for practice and society. For all these reasons, my work expands the frontiers of traditional research in terms of more comprehensive topics, theories and research methodologies.
My specific research areas are the following:
- Analysis and design of systems of innovation in countries, regions, industries and technological sectors
- Formulation, administration, implementation and evaluation of enterprise-related policies, including technology, innovation and SME policies
- Knowledge exchange and impact activities of higher education institutions regarding enterprise innovation and economic development
- Business association structures and political activities
- Innovation in the small and medium enterprise sector, specially information systems
- Trans-disciplinarity and methodological pluralism in innovation studies
A wide selection of my publications can be downloaded from http://newcastle.academia.edu/ArturoVega
Complex Diffusion of Innovations: Understanding of the systemic complexity of the diffusion of information systems in SMEs, including relevant public policy aspects. Funding: Lancaster University Management School.
Impact and Knowledge Exchange Approaches: Understanding of the believes, mindsets and practices of the main actors: the academics. Funding: KITE, Newcastle University.
The Centre for Knowledge Exchange, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE)
Prospective PhD students
I welcome enquiries from prospective students wishing to undertake doctoral studies under my supervision. The topic areas in which I would be interested in developing PhD proposals are the ones mentioned above. It goes without saying that we could shape these areas in order to structure a PhD proposal. For example, we could focus on the creation, commercialisation or diffusion of innovations, different types of product or process innovations, innovators such as a country, a region or an industry, companies of different size, or any relevant component of the systems of innovation including public support programmes, academic engagement with different stakeholders, business pressure groups, open innovation networks, innovation-related laws and regulations or so on.
Do please feel free to contact me should you wish to explore the possibility of working together. Before doing so, I recommend you to read the University’s webpages to prospective postgraduate students (www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate) as well as the specific webpages for postgraduate research in the Business School (www.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/courses/postgrad/research). I would also strongly recommend to apply as early as possible in order to not lose the deadline for relevant scholarships. Before formally applying, the trick is to construct and then email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) no more than a five-page summary of your proposed work, which must include the following points:
- Research Topic: As explained above
- Research Questions: Explaining the potential theoretical contributions to the existing literature
- Research Design: Methodology-ies (case study, survey, grounded theory, etc.) and methods to collect data (interviews, post-mailed questionnaires, participant observation, etc.)
- Potential Funding: For example monies from the ESRC, national governments, or Newcastle University-funded scholarships. You must include the respective deadlines for the application for funding
- Full list of references
The modules I teach are very popular and consistently receive some of the highest feedback from the students in the business school. All the design and execution of my teaching put strong emphasis on employability. My teaching has four core characteristics. Firstly, as a consequence of the trans-disciplinary nature of my research, I have been involved in courses as diverse as Information Systems, Electronic Business, Consultancy Projects, Strategic Management, as well as Enterprise, Technology and Innovation Policy. Secondly, my teaching is strongly informed by research. This is instrumental to include topics that really matter in the syllabus of the courses and the content of the sessions. Thirdly, my work in industry has equipped me with relevant experience to base my teaching largely on practice. The aim is to make students reflect on real situations in order to make sense and interiorise the theoretical concepts. Importantly, my industrial background has also been fundamental for the delivery of executive education to senior professionals. Fourthly, my degree in higher education has given me knowledge of different concepts and techniques which nurture my planning and daily teaching activities. For example, educational aims, learning styles, student-centred learning, assessment-driven learning, project-based learning, e-learning and multimedia, brainstorming and discussion groups, and feedback types.
- Director of the MSc in E-business programmes
- Courses related to information systems/e-business strategy/management and research supervision
- Vega A, Muzio D, Osorio C. Research impact: A contextual understanding of the main actor, the academic. 2017. In Preparation.
- Vega A, Chiasson M. Towards a comprehensive framework for the evaluation of small and medium enterprise policy. Evaluation 2015, 21(3), 359-375.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Understanding the causes of informal and formal discretion in the delivery of enterprise policies: a multiple case study. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 2013, 31(1), 102-118.
- Vega A, Brown D, Chiasson M. Open innovation and SMEs: Exploring policy and the scope for improvements in university-based public programmes through a multidisciplinary lens. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research 2012, 18(4), 457-476.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Extending the research agenda on diffusion: the case of public program interventions for the adoption of e-business systems in SMEs. Journal of Information Technology 2008, 23(2), 109-117.
- Vega A, Chiasson M. Government support to information systems innovation in small and medium enterprises. In: Devos, J; Van Landeghem, H; Deschoolmeester, D, ed. Information Systems and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) - State of the Art of IS Research in SMEs. Berlin: Springer, 2014, pp.337-350.
- Vega A, Brown D. Systems of innovation, multidisciplinarity and methodological pluralism: A realist approach to guide the future of information systems research and practice. In: Chiasson, M; Henfridsson, O; Karsten, H; DeGross, J, ed. Researching the Future in Information Systems. Boston: Springer, 2011, pp.249-268.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Extending the research agenda on diffusion of innnovations: The role of public programs in the diffusion of e-business innovations. In: McMaster, T; Wastell, D; Ferneley, E; DeGross, J, ed. Organisational Dynamics of Technology-Based Innovation: Diversifying the Research Agenda. Boston: Springer, 2007, pp.379-392.
- Vega A, Chiasson M. Adoption Process Complexity and the Diffusion of Innovations: The Case of Information Systems in Small and Medium Enterprises. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Vega A, Chiasson M. Value of the qualitative evaluations of support programmes. In: 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE). 2012, Dublin, Ireland.
- Vega A, Brown D, Chiasson M. Improvement of the public support to SMEs: Policy and research implications. In: 35th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE). 2012, Dublin, Ireland.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Qualitative approaches as formative evaluations: The missing link in the public support to SMEs. In: 10th Triple Helix conference. 2012, Bandung, Indonesia.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. The improvement of the public assistance to SME innovation: The role of governments, universities and industry. In: 10th Triple Helix Conference. 2012, Bandung, Indonesia.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Considerable discretion in the implementation of enterprise policy: The influence of policy contexts. In: 16th International Research Society for Public Management Conference (IRSPM). 2012, Rome, Italy.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. What can we learn from the qualitative evaluations of the public assistance to SMEs? A new but necessary practice. In: Engage Higher Education Institutions Conference (HEI). 2012, London, UK.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Adoption and programme contexts effect in the support to the informatisation of SMEs. In: 34th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE). 2011, Sheffield, UK.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Discretion in the implementation of policies for the informatisation of SMEs. In: 34th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE). 2011, Sheffield, UK.
- Vega A, Brown D. Systems of innovation, multidisciplinarity and methodological pluralism: A realist approach to guide the future of information systems research and practice. In: International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.2, Annual Conference (IFIP). 2011, Turku, Finland.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. A revisited impact of the public assistance to SME innovation: Policy consequences and a complementary evaluative approach. In: 15th International Research Society for Public Management Conference (IRSPM). 2011, Dublin, Ireland.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Public programme contexts and their influence on enterprise innovation: The case of university outreach activities. In: 8th Triple Helix conference. 2010, Madrid, Spain.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. How much the role of the other? universities as policy-makers in the enterprise innovation arena. In: Triple Helix VIII International Conference on University, Industry and Government Linkages. 2010, Madrid, Spain: Triple Helix Association.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. A systems perspective to improve the public support to enterprise innovation: The case of information systems diffusion in SMEs. In: Public Administration Committee (PAC) annual conference. 2010, Nottingham, UK.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Critical realism, multidisciplinarity and methodological pluralism: A systemic approach to guide information systems research and practice. In: 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). 2010, Lima, Peru.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Setting up university support to small and medium enterprise innovation: Managerial, policy and research implications. In: Engage Higher Education Institutions (HEI) Annual Conference. 2010, Bradford, UK.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. The effects of innovation process and prgramme contexts on the implementation of public services: The worrying case of enterprise innovation. In: 14th International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) conference. 2010, Berne, Switzerland.
- Vega A, Chiasson M, Brown D. Extending the research agenda on diffusion of innovations: The role of public programs in the diffusion of e-business innovations. In: International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Working Group 8.6, annual conference. 2007, Manchester, UK.