Dr Ahmed Imran

PhD in IS (ANU), MSc in IT (UNSW) GCHE (ANU), MACS
School of Engineering and Information Technology
+61 2 626 88157
+61 2 626 88581

LOCATION

Building 15 Room 213
School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS

Dr Imran is an Information Systems (IS) researcher with special interest in the Strategic use of IT, eGovernment, IT for development/ developing countries (ICT4D), the socio-cultural impact of ICT and organizational transformation impacted by ICT. His transition to academia is motivated by passion and personal experiences, where his PhD thesis gained an in-depth understanding of impediments to eGovernment in LDCs and provided a solution to the complex jigsaw puzzle leading to a prescriptive model for successful e-government. D Imran’s research has proven to bring real-world applications to the table, something that cemented its importance and relevance in the eyes of the research community. This recognition was further reflected through the award of prestigious ANU Vice Chancellor’s award in 2010 followed by numerous invitations to international/national forums/universities. His recently published textbook on eGovernment Management for Developing Countries (with Gregor & Turner) is making a further impact on the developing world through knowledge transfer.  

Research Interest

Dr Imran’s research focuses on developing theoretical models using socio-technical artefacts for ICT interventions for development, both for public and private organizations, following interpretive and action design research methods. He investigate the contextual factors exploiting local assets (knowledge and artefacts) that are most effective both as an inhibitor and as a facilitator for IT system design and innovation to provide maximum value. While principally an IS researcher, Dr Imran’s research experience provides valuable insight on socio-cultural context of IT interventions, resulting in interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Teaching Expertise and Focus

  • IT Governance, Strategy, and Policies
  • Enterprise Systems and Architecture
  • Information Systems Foundation and Management 
  • System Analysis and Requirement Engineering
  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Systems Risk and Security
  • eGovernment Management
  • Electronic Business/ e-commerce
  • IT Service Design and Management (ITIL)
  • IT Project Management
  • IT Profession and  Leadership
  • Qualitative Research Method

Grants

Have a successful record of accomplishment in attracting competitive grants within a short span of the academic career (since 2010). Received national/international competitive grants (totalling $360,000) for two projects from former AusAID and $76,000 as internal grants.

Research Supervision

5 PhDs (Principal/ Joint), 3 x Professional Doctorate (DIT)

Professional Affiliation

IFIP 9.4 Regional Board for Oceania, Association for Information Systems, AIS Special Interest Group for Global development, e-government and South Asia, PMI Australia, Australian Computer Society (ACS). Associate Editor of EJISDC (Electronic Journal for Information Systems in Developing countries).

Books

Imran A; Gregor SD; Turner TL, 2013, eGovernment Management for Developing Countries, Original, NCISR, Canberra

Gregor S; Imran A; Turner T, 2008, ICT Management Handbook : A Guide for Government Officers in Bangladesh, National Centre for Information Systems Research (NCISR), The Australian National University, Canberra

Imran A; Turner T; Gregor S, 2008, eGovernment for Bangladesh: A Strategic Pathway for Success, Australia: National Centre for Information Systems Research, The Australian National University, Canberra

Book Chapters

Hapsara M; Imran A; Turner T, 2017, 'E-voting in developing countries: Current landscape and future research agenda', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 36 - 55, 10.1007/978-3-319-52240-1_3

Imran A, 2015, 'Typical perception and usage of computers amongst the public sector officials in a least developed country: Bangladesh study', in Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, pp. 297 - 313, 10.1007/978-3-319-09450-2_25

Imran AH; Hussain M, 2014, 'mGovernment Services and Adoption: Current Research and Future Direction', in Creating Value for All Through IT IFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2014, Aalborg, Denmark, June 2-4, 2014, Proceedings, Springer, pp. 311 - 323

Imran A; Gregor S; Turner T, 2013, 'Curriculum design and delivery for E-government knowledge transfer in a cross cultural environment: The Bangladesh experience', in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 596 - 604

Imran A; Gregor S, 2012, 'A Process Model for Successful E-Government Adoption in the Least Developed Countries: A Case of Bangladesh', in Tan FB (ed.), International Comparisons of Information Communication Technologies: Advancing Applications, IGI Global, pp. 321 - 350

Imran A; Gregor SD; Turner TL, 2011, 'Opportunities for LDCs', in THE ROLE OF ICT IN ADVANCING GROWTH IN LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES TRENDS, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, edn. Original, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva, pp. 66 - 70, http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ldc/turkey/docs/The_Role_of_ICT_in_Advancing_Growth_in_LDCs_Trends_Challenges_and_Opportunities.pdf

Journal articles

Imran AH; Quimno V; Hussain M, 2016, 'Current Landscape and Potential of Mobile Computing Research in the Least Developed Countries', The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, vol. 74, pp. 1 - 25, http://www.ejisdc.org/ojs2/index.php/ejisdc/article/view/1489

Hussain M; Imran A, 2015, 'Toward a framework on m-government services for developing countries', North South Business Review (NSBR), vol. 5, pp. 31 - 51

Gregor S; Imran A; Turner T, 2014, 'A ‘sweet spot’ change strategy for a least developed country: leveraging e-Government in Bangladesh', European Journal of Information Systems, vol. 23, pp. 655 - 671, 10.1057/ejis.2013.14

Imran A; Gregor S, 2010, 'Uncovering the hidden issues in e-government adoption in a least developed country: The case of Bangladesh', Journal of Global Information Management, vol. 18, pp. 30 - 56, 10.4018/jgim.2010040102

Imran A; Gregor S, 2007, 'A Comparative Analysis of Strategies for eGovernment in Developing Countries', Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics, vol. 2, pp. 89 - 99

Conference Papers

Imran AH; Hussain B; Turner T, 2017, 'Key Challenges for Establishing CIO Position in the Public Sector of LDCs: A Case of Bangladesh', in The 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, The 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Wollonggong, presented at The 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Wollonggong, 05 - 07 December 2016, https://business.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@bus/uow223957.pdf

Imran A; Quimno V; Hussain M, 2016, 'Current landscape and potential of mobile computing research in the least developed countries', in Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, presented at

Hussain B; Turner T; Imran A, 2016, 'Issues in the transition to CIO role in the public sector of developing countries', in Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 3021 - 3030, presented at , 10.1109/HICSS.2016.379

Hussain M; imran AH, 2016, 'M-Service Implementation by Large Government Organisations: A Case Study on an m-app in Australia', in Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2016, The 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems,, Wollongong, presented at The 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems,, Wollongong, 05 - 07 December 2016, https://business.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@bus/uow223941.pdf

Robinson MR; Imran A, 2015, 'A Design Framework for Technology-Mediated Public Participatory System for the Environment', in A Design Framework for Technology-Mediated Public Participatory System for the Environment, PACIS 2015, Singapore, presented at PACIS 2015, Singapore, 06 - 09 July 2015, http://aisel.aisnet.org/pacis2015/186/

Douglas J; Imran AH; Turner T, 2015, 'Designing an ELearning Portal for Developing Countries: An Action Design Approach.', in Designing an ELearning Portal for Developing Countries: An Action Design Approach., The 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Adeliade, presented at The 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Adeliade, 30 November - 04 December 2015, https://acis2015.unisa.edu.au/wp/2015/11/ACIS_2015_paper_186.pdf

Quimno V; Imran A; Turner T, 2015, 'The significance of 'bayanihan' culture on technology adoption: A case of virtual learning environment adoption in a regional public University in the philippines', in Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2015 - Proceedings, presented at

Hussain M; Imran A, 2015, 'Effects of organizational culture on m-government adoption: A case study on e-purjee in Bangladesh', in Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2015 - Proceedings, presented at

Hussain M; Imran A, 2014, 'mGovernment services and adoption: Current research and future direction', in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 311 - 323, presented at

Imran A, 2013, 'Individual computer usage pattern and perception amongst the public sector officials in a least developed country: A descriptive study', in CONF-IRM 2013 Proceedings, International Conference on Information Resources Management. (Conf-IRM 2013), Natal, Brazil, presented at International Conference on Information Resources Management. (Conf-IRM 2013), Natal, Brazil, 22 - 24 May 2013

Quimno V; Imran A; Turner T, 2013, 'Introducing a sociomaterial perspective to investigate e-learning for higher educational institutions in developing countries', in Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, presented at

Gregor S; Imran A; Turner T, 2010, 'Designing for a “'Sweet Spot' in an Intervention in a Least Developed Country: The Case of e-Government in Bangladesh', in Designing for a “'Sweet Spot' in an Intervention in a Least Developed Country: The Case of e-Government in Bangladesh, SIG GlobDev Third Annual Workshop, Saint Louis, USA, presented at SIG GlobDev Third Annual Workshop

Imran A; Gregor S; Turner T, (eds.), 2009, 'eGovernment Capacity Building through Knowledge Transfer and Best Practice Development in Bangladesh', in eGovernment Capacity Building through Knowledge Transfer and Best Practice Development in Bangladesh, Dubai School of Governmnet, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Dubai, presented at 10th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

Imran A, 2009, 'Knowledge and attitude, the two major barriers to ICT adoption in LDC are the opposite side of a coin; An empirical evidence from Bangladesh', in Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS, presented at , 10.1109/HICSS.2009.284

Imran A; Turner T; Gregor S, 2008, 'Educate to Innovate – Fast Tracking ICT Management Capabilities Amongst the Key Government Officials for eGovernment Implementation in Bangladesh', in Educate to Innovate – Fast Tracking ICT Management Capabilities Amongst the Key Government Officials for eGovernment Implementation in Bangladesh, SIG GlobDev Workshop, Paris, France, presented at SIG GlobDev Workshop

Imran A, 2006, 'Significant barriers to ICT adoption in the public sector in the least developed countries (LDCs): A case study of Bangladesh', in ACIS 2006 Proceedings - 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, presented at

Turner T; Schwager A; Imran A, 2005, 'A preliminary analysis of an e-Government market segmentation', in Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Government, ECEG, pp. 409 - 419, presented at

Imran A; Gregor S, 2005, 'Strategies for ICT use in the public sector in the least developed countries: A crosscountry analysis', in ACIS 2005 Proceedings - 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, presented at

Reports

Imran A; Turner T; Gregor S, 2008, eGovernment for Bangladesh: A Strategic Pathway for Success, National Centre for Information Systems Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Other

Imran A, Bangladesh Making Progress in Global e-Government Readiness

Theses / Dissertations

Imran A, 2010, ICT Adoption in the Public Sector of Least Developed Countries (LDCs): The Case of Bangladesh, THES, thesis

Conference Presentations

Imran A, 2012, 'INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (ICT4D): CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES', in INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (ICT4D): CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, International Development Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, presented at International Development Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 03 - 05 December 2012