Professor Sharon Cox is a Professor of Information Systems. Her research interests focus on how to manage information and how to understand the context which transforms data to meaningful information. Sharon’s recent book, ‘Managing Information in Organizations: A Practical Guide to Implementing an Information Strategy’, discusses common problems in organisations (such as conflicting information and information overload) and offers practical guidance on how to address the problems and avoid the problems reoccurring. Sharon has developed an approach to formulating and implementing an information management strategy that is outlined in her book.
As information only has meaning in context, Sharon has developed an organisational architecture to explore the context of organisations and a context-box model to determine the information needed to develop intelligent information systems. These models are currently being tested and refined in a number of applications including a live case study (www.blackcountrygifts.co.uk), energy management and audio-visual analysis of CCTV security recordings.
Sharon has worked on a number of funded research projects, including the European-funded project EPIC: European Platform for Intelligent Cities. The project created a platform to enable smart cities to learn from one another and exchange practical information models in a real-life context.
Sharon has published in a number of areas, exploring approaches to understand information management in different contexts including:
• Strategic information systems planning - Sharon developed the Information Systems Development Aligned with Business Strategy (ISDABS) methodology to structure the strategic context of organizations to determine the information systems needed.
• E-business collaboration - working with organizations in the early stages of introducing e-business, Sharon developed models to explore the organizational transformation initiated by e-business.
• Knowledge management - e-business collaboration provides the opportunity to share knowledge in the supply chain, however this can be problematic. Sharon has explored the challenges of sharing knowledge in the context of e-business.
• Developing case materials - Sharon has written a number of case studies, based on her research, to support the teaching of information systems. She has also developed a guide to developing case materials based on structuring the case context. This is being extended with her current work in a live case study.
• Employability - Sharon developed an approach to embed employability in course design and is currently supervising research students seeking to develop contextual models of information in professional practice.
Murphy, Stephen and Cox, Sharon (2016) Classifying Organizational Adoption of Open Source Software: A Proposal. In: Open Source Systems: Integrating Communities12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference, OSS 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 30 - June 2, 2016, Proceedings. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 472 . Springer International Publishing, pp. 123-133. ISBN 978-3-319-39225-7
Cox, S. A., (2014), Managing Information in Organizations: A Practical Guide to Implementing an Information Management Strategy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 978-0230298842
Mayouf, M., Cox, S. & Boyd, D., (2014), ‘Exploring Different Information Needs in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Using Soft Systems Methodology (SSM)’, International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC ) Making Connections, Loughborough University, UK, 17 September.
Mayouf, M., Boyd, D. & Cox, S., (2014), ‘Perceiving Space from Multiple Perspectives for Buildings Using Building Information Modelling (BIM)’, ARCOM Conference.
Mayouf, M., Boyd, D. & Cox, S., (2014), ‘Different Perspectives on Facilities Management to Incorporate into BIM’, CIB W070 [International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction] Facilities Management Conference: Using Facilities in an Open World, Creating Value for all Stakeholders, Copenhagen, 21-23 May.
Cox, Sharon and Perkins, J. (2010) Scaffolding Knowledge Management in ePortfolios. 11th European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM 2010. pp. 296-304. ISSN 20488963 (ISSN)
Cox, S. A., (2013), ‘E-Business Planning in Morphing Organizations: Maturity Models of Business Transformation’, in: Li, E. Y., Loh, S., Evans, C. & Lorenzi, F., (eds.), (2013), Organizations and Social Networking: Utilizing Social CRM to Engage Consumers, IGI Global, pp. 286-312.
Cox, S. A., Krasniewicz, J. A., Perkins, J. S. & Cox, J. A., (2006), ‘Modelling the Organisational Transformation Associated with Implementing E-Business Collaborative Systems in the Supply Chain’, Proceedings of the British Academy of Management Conference (BAM2006) in Association with the University of Ulster and Queen’s University, Belfast, 12-14 September 2006. [Awarded Prize for Best Paper].
Cox, S. A. & Perkins, J.S., (2009), ‘Chapter 4.2: The Role of E-Collaboration Systems in Knowledge Management’, in: Kock, N., (ed.), (2009), E-Collaboration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications, Volume II, Information Science Reference, New York, pp.660-667. ISBN: 978-1-60566-652-2 and ISBN: 978-1-60566-653-2.
Cox, S. A. & Perkins, J. S., (2008), ‘Factors for Effective E-Collaboration in the Supply Chain’, in: Kock, N., (ed.), (2008), Encyclopaedia of E-Collaboration, Information Science Reference, New York, pp.279-285. ISBN: 978-1-59904-000-4 and ISBN: 978-1-59904-001-1.
Cox, S. A. & Perkins, J.S., (2010), ‘Scaffolding Knowledge Management in E-Portfolios’, Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Portugal.
Cox, S. & Perkins, J., (2009), ‘Chapter 1.8: A Knowledge Management Approach to Improving E-Business Collaboration’, in: Lee, I., (2009), (ed.), Electronic Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, IGI Global, New York, pp. 109-116. ISBN: 978-1-60566-056-1.
Developing Case Materials:
Cox, S., (2009), ‘Case Study Adaptation for Multimedia Learning Environments’, Proceedings of the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, 16-19th November, paper 472. ISBN: 978-84-613-2955-7.
Cox, S., (2008), Guide to Using Case Studies for Active Learning, Published by HE Academy
Cox, S. A. (2008), ‘Learning Styles in On-Line Learning’, in: Tomei, L. A., (ed.), (2008), Encyclopaedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration, Volume II, Second Edition, IGI Global, New York, pp. 525-532. ISBN: 978-1-59904-881-9.
Cox, S. A. & Hollyhead, A., (2007), ‘Critical Success Factors to Engage Reflection in Education: Professional Development of Educators and Students’, Proceedings of International Conference on E-Learning, New York, USA, 28-29 June 2007.
Sharma, M. & Cox, S. A., (2013), ‘Role of Vendor Technologies in the Development of Network Professionals’, Proceedings of the 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, 4-6th March, Valencia, Spain.
Bhogal, J., Cox, S. & Maitland, K., (2012), ‘Roadmap for Modernizing Database Curricula’, Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases, 9th July, University of Herefordshire, UK, Published by The Higher Education Academy, (Edited by Petra Leimich and Bernadette Byrne), ISBN: 978-1-907207-57-0
Cox, S. & King, D., (2006), ‘Skill Sets: An Approach to Embed Employability in Course Design’, Education and Training, 48(4), pp.262-274.