Professor of Information Technology and Innovation, and Director of Studies in Management at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Michael Barrett is on the Board of Trustees for the British Foundation of the University of the West Indies and is an Advisory Board Member of Tholons, a leading full-service Strategic Advisory firm for Global Outsourcing and Investments in India. He is Co-Editor of a Special Issue of MIS Quarterly on Service Innovation in a Digital Age and Senior Editor of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. Michael has served as an Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research and a member of the Editorial Board of Organization Science, Information and Organization, and the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. He has contributed to articles in The Economist, The Times, and The Financial Post, and has served as an external examiner at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
Dr Barrett has worked closely in research and executive education for a number of organisations, including BT, IBM, HP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coventry Building Society, Shell Exploration, and the World Health Organization. He has worked as an industrial engineer for Colgate Palmolive and in consulting and business development with Oracle Canada.
Michael is currently an implementation theme lead on a £9.6 m CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) multidisciplinary grant with the Department of Psychiatry, Engineering Design, and Public Health. The focus of this research in mental health is enabling service innovation through knowledge exchange and multidisciplinary teams. A particular focus is on the development of information infrastructures to enable service innovation through multidisciplinary teams.
Michael has held visiting appointments at MIT (2006) and the London School of Economics (2000). Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, he was an assistant professor in information systems at the University of Alberta (1996-2001), and an Adjunct Professor at the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology (1999-2001), also at the University of Alberta.
Research interests include: the role of social theory and discourse in understanding technology enabled processes of innovation and organisational change; longitudinal case study research using interpretive and mixed methods approaches; use of mobile infrastructures to enable social innovation in emerging economies; open and collaborative innovation in financial markets; managing cross-cultural software teams in offshoring relationships.
His promotion from Reader to Professor is effective as of October 2011.