Professor Yanqing Duan

Professor of Information Systems

Professor Yanqing Duan

I joined the Business School in May 1995 and have enjoyed researching and teaching in information management and systems, and knowledge management over the last 25 years.

In addition to my working life, I particularly enjoy travelling, exploring natural sceneries, and walking in the countryside.

I am also very passionate about improving the quality of life of the elderly and was a member of the trustee board for Age Concern Bedfordshire from 2004 to 2009.


  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering - China Agriculture University (CAU)
  • MSc in Systems Engineering - China Agriculture University (CAU)
  • PhD on the use of expert systems for organisational decision making - Aston University (with scholarship under Sino–British Friendship Scholarship Scheme)

Teaching Expertise

  • Applications and impact of Big Data, IoT and Analytics.
  • Digital business management
  • Information systems
  • E-Commerce and e-Business
  • Business website design
  • Decision support systems, expert systems and artificial intelligent systems
  • Business research methods
  • Knowledge management and systems

Research Interests

My principal research interest is the use of emerging ICT’s and their impact on organisational performance, innovation, decision making, and knowledge transfer. I am particularly interested in Big Data and Analytics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, digital agriculture, sustainable food supply chains, ICT based knowledge management and transfer, and SME’s adoption of emerging digital technologies. For example, my research covers:

  • Adoption, use and impact of emerging digital technologies including Big Data, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, Internet of Things, in SMEs, Agriculture, Aquaculture, and food sectors
  • Big Data, AI, IoT , food traceability systems and food processing industry
  • Learning Analytics in Higher Education
  • Digital technologies and innovation in
  • ICT based knowledge management and transfer

Research Projects

Over the last 20 years I have generated over £1.8m of research income for the University from various sources including European Commission, Innovate UK, BBSRC, EPSRC, the British Council, the HEFCE, and commercial organisations.

List of research projects I have coordinated and participated in.

External Roles

  • Visiting Professor of China Agricultural University
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Decision Support Systems (DSS)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Information Management (IJIM)
  • Member of many conference committees
  • Expert reviewer, referee and evaluator for various research funding programmes, e.g. EU(framework 7, H2020, Horizon Europe), ESRC, SSHRC (Canada), Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), etc.
  • Reviewer of various journals including ABS 4* journals, books and international conferences
  • Keynote speaker and Session chair in many international conferences
  • Research student examination in many universities
  • External expert panel member for new course validation in the UK and abroad


I have over 230 refereed publications in journals, books chapters and conference proceedings. Many of them appeared in high impact refereed journals including:

  • European Journal of Operational Research (2018)
  • Technovation (2021)
  • Industrial Marketing Management (2019, 2020)
  • European Journal of Information Systems (2000)
  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (2015)
  • The Information Society (2017)
  • Information and Management (2003, 2005, 2010, 2017)
  • Journal of Business Research (2016)
  • Production Planning and Control (2017)
  • Information Technology and People (2014, 2016)
  • European Journal of Marketing (2000)
  • International Journal of Information Management (2019(3), 2020, 2021)
  • International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (2017)
  • Journal of Cleaner Production (2020)
  • Expert Systems with Applications (1995, 2002, 2003, 2012)
  • Computers and Education (2010)
  • Society and Business Review (2014)
  • Information Processing and Management (2010)
  • British Journal of Educational Technology (2011)
  • Strategic Change (2014)
  • International Journal of Consumer Studies (2019)
  • Journal of Knowledge Management (2006)
  • Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (2021)
  • Reviews in Aquaculture (2019)
  • Biosystems Engineering (2021)
  • Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical (2020(2))
  • Aquaculture: An International Journal (2020)
  • Knowledge Management Research and Practice (2009)
  • Journal of End User Computing (2003)
  • Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (2000)
  • Journal of European Industrial Training (2002)
  • Industry and Higher Education (2008)
  • Journal of Electronic Commerce in organisations (2006)
  • Journal of business and industrial marketing (1997)
  • International journal of e–Business Research (2007)
  • Management Decisions (2021)

Go to repository to see some of my publications.

Research Student Supervisions

I have supervised many research students to completion and welcome applicants who are interested in doing PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research in any topics relevant to my research interests.

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