Dr Rodney Clarke
Associate Professor (Management)
Director of Research
Centre for Applied Systems Research
BA, GDipBusInfoSys, PhD, Docent (Karlstad, SE); MBCS, INSTICC, ACPHIS
Dr. Clarke is an Associate Professor of Management at the School of Management and Marketing, University of Wollongong and also holds the rank of Associate Professor in Information Systems at Karlstad University, Sweden. He is Director of the Centre for Applied Systems Research (CASR) first at the School of Economics and Information Systems in 2005 and then at the School of Management and Marketing from 2006. CASR is a node within the Social Innovation Network (SInet), a recognised University of Wollongong research network. He is a member of the Karlstad University, Sweden research group Affärsdriven IT-design (Business Driven IT design). He also serves as Head of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Management and Marketing, is an elected member of Academic Senate (2009-2011), and the Commerce Faculty’s representative for the Faculty of Law.
He received his Ph.D. in information systems and semiotics from the University of Wollongong in 2000 and was awarded a higher doctorate known as a Docent in information systems from Karlstad University, Sweden in 2007 for his work in business processes, hyper systems research, and decision making. He is a Member of the British Computing Society (MBCS), a foundation member serving on the Advisory Board of the AIS Special Interest Group on Pragmatic IS Research (SIGPrag), an inaugural permanent member of the Institute for Systems and Technologies or Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), and a member of the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS).
He was appointed as Lecturer in 1989 and then Senior Lecturer in Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty in 2000 before taking up a position as Reader in Organisational Semiotics at the Interactive Systems Division, School of Computing, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology at Staffordshire University, United Kingdom, in 2002. He returned to Wollongong in 2005 to take up an Associate Professorship in Information Systems, prior to transferring in 2006 to the School of Management and Marketing as an Associate Professor in Management. His academic work history is detailed on the professional social networking site LinkedIn
Research and Grants
Dr. Clarke has been responsible for applying and developing Systemic Semiotics, a combination of Systemic Functional Linguistics and Social Semiotics, to the study of information technologies in organisations.
His main research interests include the contextual analysis of systems in organisations, the development of communicative and semiotic methods for modelling business processes, and services, coalitions and virtual communities, and the development of multimedia techniques for representing work spaces and work practices in organisations. Dr. Clarke’s UOW research profile provides a representative list of publications, while his Karlstad research profile provides publications indicative of that collaboration.
He is a member of the Review Panels of the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Journal of Services Science, Management and Engineering (JSSM), Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology (J. Res. Prac. Inf. Tech), the European Journal of Business Research Methods (EJBRM), and an Associate Editor for Signs, Systems, Signs and Actions: An International Journal on Communication, Information Technology and Work.
He has been involved with a number of successful research grants in Australia (ARC Linkage) and United Kingdom (EPSRC) totalling in excess of AU$3.4 million.
Teaching and Pedagogy
Dr. Clarke has developed and taught into numerous courses at diploma and undergraduate level including Systems Development Prototyping (2nd in Australia to do so), Multimedia in Organisations (1st subject of its type in Australia), and Systems Thinking and Simulation (1st subject of its type in Australia). At graduate level, he has developed many subjects including Office Automation and Intranets, Critical Issues in Information Systems (both at UoW) and various E-Commerce offerings, the Usable Interface Design and Multimedia Systems and Applications (in the UK).
Many countries around the world develop advanced research subjects in specific domains for higher degree research students for Master of Philosophy or Masters of Research and PhD students. Dr. Clarke has been responsible for developing and delivering PhD level courses overseas, see for example the Systems in Context course. He was also a co-organiser of Science and Technology and Economic Progress (STEP 2005) National Doctoral Programme, held at the University of Wollongong, 4-9 December 2005.
He has also taught into a variety of other subjects at various levels internationally, including Sweden, Denmark, Portugal (as part of the EU Socrates Erasmus programme), USA, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He has advised Scandinavian Universities on the EU Bologna Process in particular the design of IS Masters Programs. He was a member of the first team in the Faculty of Commerce to win a prestigious Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching (CAUT) Grant in 1995, a predecessor to the current Australian Learning and Teaching Council scheme. He is an accredited University of Wollongong Peer Reviewer of Teaching.