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Professor Yanqing Duan

Professor of Information Systems

Director: Business Information Systems Research Centre (BISC)

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 23 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 principle 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 analysis of emerging digital technologies, e.g. Big Data, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, Internet of Things, etc.
  • Big Data, AI, IoT , food traceability systems and food processing industry
  • Big Data, Analytics, AI, and IoT in SMEs
  • Big Data and Learning Analytics in Higher Education
  • Design and use of e-learning systems
  • ICT based knowledge management and transfer in SMEs and Agriculture and food business
  • Use of decision support systems and expert systems for decision making and strategic planning
  • Adoption and diffusion of digital technologies and innovation in SMEs, Agriculture and Agri-business sector

Research Projects

Over the last 20 years I have generated over £1.6m of research income for the University from various sources including European Commission, the British Council, the HEFCE, and commercial organisations.

External Roles

  • Visiting Professor of China Agricultural University (2001- date)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Decision Support Systems (DSS) (from July 2014)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Information Management (IJIM) (from April 2018)
  • Member of many conference committees
  • Expert Evaluator for H2020 (2017, 2018)
  • Expert Evaluator for numerous research grant application programs in EU and other countries.
  • Expert Reviewer for European Commission's FP7 Network of Excellence project on Innovation in Food Processing Industry (2012)
  • ESRC referee for Research Grant (2009, 2015)
  • ESRC Reporter for the end of award project evaluation (2007)
  • ESRC referee for first grant applications (2007)
  • Reviewer of various journals including ABS 4* journals, books and international conferences
  • Special journal guest editor (IJKMS and Computers and Electronics in Agriculture)
  • Journal editorial board member (e.g. DSS and IPA)
  • 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 200 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)
  • Industrial Marketing Management (2019)
  • 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 Contemporary Hospitality Management (2017)
  • Expert Systems with Applications (1995, 2002, 2003, 2012)
  • Computers and Education (2010)
  • Society and Business Review (2014)
  • International Journal of Information Management (2019)
  • Information Processing and Management (2010)
  • British Journal of Educational Technology (2011)
  • Strategic Change (2014)
  • Journal of Knowledge Management (2006)
  • 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)

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.

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1582 743134
E: yanqing.duan@beds.ac.uk

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