Alan is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Australian School of Business and an Associate at LSE. Outside of research, Alan is an executive at the junction of technology and business. He is the Chief Digital Officer at energyOS, a CSIRO spin off in green energy, and the Principal of his own consulting company. Formerly the Head of Strategy for the Australian government's Digital Transformation Agency, he has held senior digital strategy roles at Westpac, Accenture and PwC.
His work in sourcing has been in supplier and partner ecosystems and developing their complex relationships.
At UNSW, he is exploring digital transformation. The motivation is to help organisations prepare for digital services. One stream is examining how organisations can measure their digital capabilities, such as user research or agile management.
The other research stream is identifying how government agencies can work together across jurisdictions. Collaboration is necessary to design and deliver integrated digital services. These services should fit what people and business need, not what is convenient for government silos. Democratic countries with multiple levels of government find this challenging.
Alan’s previous work in how councils, boards and executives make large complex IT investment decisions appears in journals such as MIS Quarterly Executive. He has also published on strategy as practised in the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.
The intersection of academia and practice is what motivates Alan’s research. The application of rigorous methods to solve practical problems helps academics and managers. It can provide useful insights and grounds the work in today’s needs.
In 2020, Alan was a judge for the Digital Excellence NSW Premier's Awards.
In 2019, Alan presented at two conferences. One was the Enterprise Architecture Summit in Sydney with Dr Toomas Tamm on the impact of Digital on Enterprise Architecutre. The other was the NSW Government's Digital.NSW Showcase on the transitions taking place across European governments in their digital transformation.