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Dr Audrey Grace

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Audrey Grace

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Business Information Systems

Business Information Systems
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

+353-21-490-3000 A.Grace@ucc.ie

Biography

Dr. Grace is a lecturer and researcher with the Cork University Business School. Her research interests include: (i) service innovation and the role of information systems (IS) in the creation and delivery of complex services; (ii) how IS can enable individuals to manage their own wellness and to better collaborate with healthcare professionals on the management of their healthcare; (iii) learning management systems for maximizing human capital within organisations; and (iv) e-government, socio-technical systems and how 'information technology tools' can be combined with 'psychological tools' to achieve better outcomes.

Dr. Grace is on the Governing Council of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Europe (see www.himss.eu). She also has over twelve years of industry experience, having previously held a number of senior positions with business solutions providers and financial institutions in Ireland. 

 

Research Interests

Publically provided healthcare systems, worldwide, are coming under increasing pressures because of aging populations, increased prevalence of chronic disease and spiralling healthcare costs. It is widely recognized that such pressures can be somewhat alleviated by focusing on community-based healthcare and empowering people to manage their own wellness. To this end, a range of employee wellness programs have been launched and wellness gadgets that measure specific aspects of wellness abound. However, wellness is a poorly understood term and little is known about how one can go about managing one’s general wellness - outside of and in collaboration with of the healthcare system.

In light of this deficit, I am currently researching how wellness is managed among the various actors involved (i.e. the individual themselves, family carers, home and community care workers, and healthcare professionals, etc.). In particular, I am exploring how information systems can be employed to better support an individual and/or their family carer in managing their wellness. 

Service co-production between a service professional and an individual client involves collaborative decision making between these two parties which necessitates high levels of interaction and information sharing between them. These types of collaborative decisions are under-researched and this poses a significant constraint on organizations who are encountering a growing demand for individually tailored services from their clients.  

With this in mind, I am undertaking ongoing research on co-production and the role and limitations of information systems in supporting these types of processes. For example, I am co-supervising a PhD study to explore how IS/IT services are co-produced between a firm’s project group and its customers (the project community); and examine the impact of IS capabilities on this process. This is an important study as organisations can draw on this research to improve and innovate how they invest and support: (i) their employees, (ii) the environment in which they operate, (iii) the information systems that they use, and (iv) the networks that they employ for co-producing services with customers.   

Governments, worldwide, are increasingly recognising the advantages of interacting with their citizens by electronic means (i.e. e-government) and as a result, this area is receiving growing attention both from research and practice. While much work has been done to establish various factors that impact on the success of particular e-government initiatives, little has been done to understand the role and significance of public administrators in this process. Understanding how they adapt to and interact with e-government systems is important because doing so would inform the design of optimal e-government implementation and training approaches that seek to avoid negative behaviours and to maximize the potential of benefits of e-government initiatives.  I am co-supervising a PhD study to address this deficit. 

While much IS research heretofore has concentrated on how information systems facilitate information processing and the decision making of individuals in an organization, there is a growing need within organisations to analyse and understand how information systems facilitate both internal and external information sharing and collaboration (e.g. with customers, suppliers and partners). I am an advocate of the use of activity theory as a lens for IS research as it provides a holistic and insightful evaluation methodology which allows researchers to investigate how collaboration is achieved through all elements of IS (people, process, technology). 

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Research Projects

  • Doctyor Patient Decision Support System. (Enterprise Irl) €19,410.00 (01-JUL-13 / 30-NOV-13)
  • Predict X - A cloud based predictive analytics service platform for customer retention in publishing (Enterprise Ireland) €142,215.00 (03-SEP-12 / 28-SEP-13)
  • Multimorbidity System - Research and Prototype Development (Other: Not Listed) €10,000.00 (04-JUN-12 / 31-AUG-12)
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Affiliations

  • Governing Council, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) (01-JUL-16 / 30-JUN-19)
  • member, Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland (01-OCT-12 /)
  • member, Association of Information Systems (02-FEB-04 /)
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Modules

  • e-Business Strategy Formulation
  • Introduction to e-Business Experience and Practice
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Introduction to Corporate Information Systems
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Other Activities

  • Reviewer Committee for European Conference on Information Systems, Istanbul, June 2016.Reviewer Committee for Information Systems Journal, 2016.Evaluation of 8 business plans as an external judge for EU-XCEL, a Horizon 2020 and Startup Europe Project - September 2015.Served on the Interview Board for selection of candidates to fill 2 full-time BIS posts - August 2015.Programme Committee of DSS 2.0 Supporting Decision Making with New Technologies, Paris, June 2014Reviewer Committee for International Conference on Information Systems, Milan, Dec 2013Reviewer Committee for IADIS Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, Prague, July 2013Reviewer Committee for Australian Conference on Information Systems, Geelong, Australia, Dec 2012Reviewer Committee for Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Hochiminh, Vietnam, July 2012Programme Committee of DSS2012 International Conference on Decision Support Systems, Anávissos, Greece, June 2012Reviewer Committee for European Conference on Information Systems, NUI Galway, June 2008Reviewer Committee for European Conference on Information Systems, Turku, Finland, June 2004
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Committees

  • Member, Business School Group on Academic Standards (2015 /)
  • Committee Member, Teaching and Curriculum Development Committee (2012 /)
  • Committee Member, Community Academic Research Links (2012 / 2014)
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Education

  • University College Cork , PHD, Information Systems (2011)
  • University College cork , MSc, Management Information Systems (2003)
  • University College Cork , Postgraduate Diploma, Management and Marketing (2002)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants , Postgraduate Diploma, Accounting and Finance (1995)
  • University College Cork , BSC (HONS), Computer Science (1989)
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Employment

  • Business Development Manager, Vistech Software (01-APR-00 / 01-MAY-01)
  • Manager, Vision Consulting (01-NOV-98 / 01-APR-00)
  • Oracle Programme Manager, Trinity Technology Group (01-MAY-97 / 01-NOV-98)
  • DBA and Technical Support Specialist, AIB Capital Markets (01-OCT-95 / 01-MAY-97)
  • Senior Systems Programmer (Mainframe and Midrange Operating Environments), AIB Group (02-NOV-89 / 01-OCT-95)
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Teaching Interests

  • PhD Supervision : Exploration of the Role of IS Core Capabilities on Co-Production of IS/IT Services
  • PhD Supervision: Exploring the Impact of E-government Initiatives on Public Adminisatrators
  • Dissertation Supervision: Distance Learning through Blackboard: A Case Study of the MBS in Co-operative and Social Enterprise
  • Dissertation Supervision: Standardising the Management Action Plan Process at Janssen Pharmaceuticals Limited.
  • Collaborative Industry Research Projects Supervision, MBS Information Systems for Business Performance
  • IS Consulting Process, MBS Management Information Systems
  • E-Health, MBS Health Services Management
  • Database Design and Development, MBS Electronic Commerce
  • Supervision of Final Year Innovative System Development projects, Degree in Business Information Systems
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Current Postgrads

  • Kasraian Laleh (Doctoral Degree (Structured))
  • Binsaif Nasser (Doctoral Degree (Structured))
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Recent Postgrads

  • Resego Morakayane (UCC PHD) "Digital Transformation" (2019)
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Professional Achievements

Honours and Awards

  • PostGrad Ireland: MSc ISBP - Best Postgraduate Course (IT) (2017)
  • PostGrad Ireland: MSc ISBP - Best Postgraduate Course (IT) (2016)
  • PostGrad Ireland: MSc ISBP - Best Postgraduate Course (Business) (2015)
  • PostGrad Ireland: MSc ISBP - Best Postgraduate Course (IT) (2014)
  • PostGrad Ireland: MSc ISBP - Best Postgraduate Course (IT) (2013)
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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2017 Supporting the Critical Role of Family Carers in Wellness Management
Grace, A., Gleasure, R (2017) Supporting the Critical Role of Family Carers in Wellness Management. : Health Policy and Technology [Details]
2016 Designing an artefact to help users make intervention decisions about their wellness
Gleasure, R,Grace, A (2016) Designing an artefact to help users make intervention decisions about their wellness. : Journal of Decision Systems [Details]
2013 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Decision Support Systems: The Case of Multimorbidity Care
Grace, A. Mahony, C. O'Donohue, J. Heffernan, T. Molony, D. Carroll, T (2013) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Decision Support Systems: The Case of Multimorbidity Care. : Journal of Decision Systems [Details]
2005 Learning Management Systems: A New Beginning in the Management of Learning and Knowledge
Grace, A. and Butler, T (2005) Learning Management Systems: A New Beginning in the Management of Learning and Knowledge. : International Journal of Knowledge and Learning [Details]
2005 Beyond Knowledge Management - Introducing Learning Management Systems
Grace, A. and Butler, T (2005) Beyond Knowledge Management - Introducing Learning Management Systems. : Annals of Cases On Information Technology [Details]

Book Chapters

Year Publication
2016 Computerized Decision Support Systems for Multimorbidity Care - An Urgent Call for Research and Development
Grace, A., O'Donognue, J., Mahony, C., Heffernan, T., Moloney, D., Carroll, T (2016) Computerized Decision Support Systems for Multimorbidity Care - An Urgent Call for Research and Development. : Isabel Maria Miranda and Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha : IGI Global [Details]
2012 Collaborative Decision Making at the Client Interface: An Exploratory Case Study of Service Co-Production
Grace, A., Finnegan, P. and Butler, T (2012) Collaborative Decision Making at the Client Interface: An Exploratory Case Study of Service Co-Production. : : IOS Press, Amsterdam [Details]
2009 Building and Maintaining Human Capital with Learning Management Systems
Grace, A. and Butler, T (2009) Building and Maintaining Human Capital with Learning Management Systems. : : Business Science Reference, IGI Global [Details]
2007 Beyond Knowledge Management: Introducing Learning Management System, Knowledge Management
Grace A and Butler T (2007) Beyond Knowledge Management: Introducing Learning Management System, Knowledge Management. : : Information Science Reference [Details]
2004 Learning Management Systems: A New Opportunity
Dunne, A. and Butler, T (2004) Learning Management Systems: A New Opportunity. : : Kluwer [Details]

Thesis / Dissertation

Year Publication
2011 Service Co-creation: A Theory Building Case Study
Grace, A (2011) Service Co-creation: A Theory Building Case Study. [Details]
2003 Learning Management Systems: An Exploratory Case Study
Dunne, A (2003) Learning Management Systems: An Exploratory Case Study. : Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Conference Publications

Year Publication
2017 Conceptualizing Digital Transformation in Business Organizations: A Systematic Review of Literature
Morakanyane, R., Grace, A. and O'Reilly, P (2017) Conceptualizing Digital Transformation in Business Organizations: A Systematic Review of Literature. [Details]
2016 Designing an artefact to help users make intervention decisions about their wellness
Gleasure, R. & Grace, A (2016) Designing an artefact to help users make intervention decisions about their wellness. [Details]
2016 Towards successful e-government initiatives: exploring the adaptation strategies of public sector middle managers
Binsaif, N, Adam, F, and Grace, A (2016) Towards successful e-government initiatives: exploring the adaptation strategies of public sector middle managers. [Details]
2016 Before and After Healthcare: Improving Wellness through IT enabled Self-Assessment & Peer Support
Grace, A (2016) Before and After Healthcare: Improving Wellness through IT enabled Self-Assessment & Peer Support. [Details]
2016 Designing an artefact to help users make intervention decisions about their wellness
Gleasure, R. and Grace, A (2016) Designing an artefact to help users make intervention decisions about their wellness. [Details]
2016 Understanding Core IS Capabilities throughout the IS/IT Service Co-production Lifecycle
KASRAIAN, L., SAMMON, D. and GRACE, A (2016) Understanding Core IS Capabilities throughout the IS/IT Service Co-production Lifecycle. [Details]
2015 The Role of Customer Knowledge in Service Co-Production Throughout the IS/IT Service LifeCycle
Kasraian, L;Sammon, D;Grace, A (2015) The Role of Customer Knowledge in Service Co-Production Throughout the IS/IT Service LifeCycle. [Details]
2015 Health and Social Care - Towards an Understanding of Wellness Management and the role of IS
Grace, A. & Gleasure, R (2015) Health and Social Care - Towards an Understanding of Wellness Management and the role of IS. [Details]
2015 The Role of Customer Knowledge in Service Co-Production Throughout the IS/IT Service LifeCycle
KASRAIAN, L., SAMMON, D. and GRACE, A (2015) The Role of Customer Knowledge in Service Co-Production Throughout the IS/IT Service LifeCycle. [Details]
2014 Collaborative Decision Making with the Customer: The Impact of IS Capabilities on Co-Production of IS/IT Services
Kasraian, L; Grace, A; Sammon, D (2014) Collaborative Decision Making with the Customer: The Impact of IS Capabilities on Co-Production of IS/IT Services. [Details]
2013 A Vision for Enhancing Multimorbid Care using Clinical Decision Support Systems
Grace, A.,Mahony, C.,O'Donohue, J.,Heffernan, T.,Molony, D.,Carroll, T (2013) A Vision for Enhancing Multimorbid Care using Clinical Decision Support Systems. [Details]
2012 Collaborative Decision Making at the Client Interface: An Exploratory Case Study of Service Co-production
Grace, A;Finnegan, P;Butler, T (2012) Collaborative Decision Making at the Client Interface: An Exploratory Case Study of Service Co-production. [Details]
2012 Activity Theory: A Useful Evaluation Methodology for the Role of Information Systems in Collaborative Activity
Grace, A (2012) Activity Theory: A Useful Evaluation Methodology for the Role of Information Systems in Collaborative Activity. [Details]
2012 Collaborative Decision Making at the Client Interface: An Exploratory Case Study of Service Co-production
Grace, A., Finnegan, P. and Butler T (2012) Collaborative Decision Making at the Client Interface: An Exploratory Case Study of Service Co-production. [Details]
2012 Activity Theory: A Useful Evaluation Methodology for the Role of Information Systems in Collaborative Activity
Grace, A (2012) Activity Theory: A Useful Evaluation Methodology for the Role of Information Systems in Collaborative Activity. [Details]
2008 Service Co-Creation with the Customer: The Role of Information Systems
Grace, A., Finnegan, P. and Butler, T (2008) Service Co-Creation with the Customer: The Role of Information Systems. [Details]
2004 Beyond Knowledge Management - Introducing a framework for Learning Management Systems
Dunne, A. and Butler, T (2004) Beyond Knowledge Management - Introducing a framework for Learning Management Systems. [Details]
2004 Learning Management System: A New Opportunity
Dunne, A. and Butler, T (2004) Learning Management System: A New Opportunity. [Details]
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