Chris is the Professor of Technology and Organisation at Anglia Ruskin University and Director of the IIMPact Research Centre. He regards himself, primarily, as a sociologist of technology change. He holds a PhD from Manchester University on Innovation in the UK Construction industry. He has subsequently written about strategy in higher education, technology change in the construction industry, technology and work, the role of the client in innovation, project management and industry 4.0 for leading journals including the British Journal of Management, Planning Theory, Long Range Planning, R&D Management and Construction Management and Economics. He has also co-authored a Routledge book on Managing Complex Projects (2013) and three influential Advanced Institute of Management reports on business school strategy.

Professor Chris Ivory’s main areas of academic interest are: project management; innovation in construction, technology innovation; digital technology work and management and business school strategy.


Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, Chris Ivory was a senior lecturer at The University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Business School. He holds a PhD and MSc from PREST (Policy Research into Engineering Science and Technology), part of Manchester University. Chris has also been a Research Associate in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University and before that at CROMTEC, at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

Chris has written for journals including the British Journal of Management, Business History, Long Range Planning, Project Management Journal, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Construction Management and Economics, International Journal of Project Management, R&D Management, TASM, Ephemera and Planning Theory. He has also written on business school strategy through a series of commissioned Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) reports.

Research interests

  • Digital technology and the transformation of work and management
  • The role of digital technology in manufacturing SMEs
  • Technology innovation in the construction and capital goods industries
  • Technology innovation in health-care.
  • Social Studies of Science and Technology Socio-material and actor-network approaches to technology change innovation
  • Business support tools and technology benefits realization
  • Business school strategy
  • Areas of research supervision
  • Technology change and work
  • Technology and management and organizational change
  • Critical approaches to projects
  • The role of technology in the construction industry
  • The role of technology and the public sector
  • The role of the user in technology innovation


  • PhD Innovation and Diffusion in the UK Construction Industry, PREST, University of Manchester, 1995 – 2002.
  • MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy, PREST, University of Manchester, 1992 – 1993.
  • BSc (Hons) in Communication and Information Studies (2:1) Brunel University, 1988 – 1992.