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Dr Ivan John Horrocks

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Technology Management
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • ivan.horrocks

Professional biography

Ivan is Senior Lecturer in Technology Management and Qualification Director for the Postgraduate Programme in Technology Management.

Previous posts:

Associate Dean and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Technology, The Open University (2003-05)

Lecturer in Technology Management, The Open University (2001-06).

Lecturer in Security Management, The Scarman Centre, University of Leicester (1998-01).

Research Fellow, Programme for the Study of Telematics and Governance, Nottingham Trent University (1993-98).

Prior to 1993: mature student, Nottingham Trent University (BA hons. Public Administration); project and community development work in local government and the voluntary sector (Manchester, South Wales and Nottinghamshire); industry (NCB, Pirelli, British Rail) and retail (WH Smiths and Liptons).

Research interests

Public policy and practice relating to any form of e-government and digital democracy or technology more generally.

Teaching interests

Ivan’s current teaching centres on chairing the Masters module, Strategic Capabilities for Technological Innovation, (T849) which he previously chaired through production and was a major author of. He has previously authored the following teaching material:

Technology, Innovation and Management (2012) with Steve Walker, T848: Managing Technological Innovation.

A short history of the Development and Evaluation of E-government (2009), University of Leicester, Masters in Media and Communication.

IT Leadership and Professional Skills Development (2009), for TM892: The Certificate in IT Professional Practice, The Open University.

Evaluating and Assessing Technology (2007), T887: Technology Evaluation, The Open University, Technology Management Programme.

Power, Politics and Technology Strategy (2004), T846: Technology Strategy, The Open University, Technology Management Programme.

External collaborations

2010-2012 Principal Investigator (lead of an OU team), Work Package 7 (impact evaluation), E-government for You (EGOV4U), an EC funded project aimed at using IT to tackle social exclusion. Partners: Cities of Dublin, Reykjavik, Rijeka and Milton Keynes and the Maltese Local Government Association,

1998-2003 Founding member of the European Commission’s Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) A14 Governance and Democracy in the Information Age (GaDIA) programme and convener of the specialist working group on cyber democracy.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Technology Management Research GroupGroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology


Managing legacy system costs: A case study of a meta-assessment model to identify solutions in a large financial services company (2017-07)
Crotty, James and Horrocks, Ivan
Applied Computing and Informatics, 13(2) (pp. 175-183)
Into the void: a realist evaluation of the eGovernment for You (EGOV4U) project (2015-01)
Horrocks, Ivan and Budd, Leslie
Evaluation, 21(1) (pp. 47-64)
Experts and e-government: Power, influence and the capture of a policy domain in the UK (2009-02)
Horrocks, Ivan
Information, Communication and Society, 12(1) (pp. 110-127)
Applying the morphogenetic approach: outcomes and issues from a case study of information systems development and organisational change in British local government (2009)
Horrocks, Ivan
Journal of Critical Realism, 8(1) (pp. 35-62)
Security training: education for an emerging profession? (2001-05)
Horrocks, Ivan
Computers & Security, 20(3) (pp. 219-226)
The 'Webbing' of British Local Government (1998)
Horrocks, Ivan and Hambley, Neil
Public Money and Management, 18(2) (pp. 39-44)
Telematics and community governance: Issues for policy and practice (1997)
Horrocks, Ivan and Bellamy, Christine
International Journal of Public Sector Management, 10(5) (pp. 377-387)
Exchanging information with the public: From one-stop shops to community information systems (1995-04)
Bellamy, Christine; Horrocks, Ivan and Webb, Jeff
Local Government Studies, 21(1) (pp. 11-30)
Electronic democracy: A policy issue for UK local government? (1994-12)
Horrocks, Ivan and Webb, Jeff
Local Government Policy Making, 21(3) (pp. 22-30)
Change and Reality: Exploring the Structure-Culture-Agency Dynamic (2008)
Horrocks, Ivan
ISBN : 978-3-639-09421-3 | Publisher : VDM Verlag | Published : Saarbrucken, Germany
Emergent versus Planned Assessment and Tuition Strategies for Online Postgraduate Teaching of Technology and Innovation Management at the Open University, UK (2018)
Bettley, Alison and Horrocks, Ivan
In: Khare, Anshuman and Hurst, Deborah eds. On the Line: Business Education in the Digital Age (pp. 55-73)
ISBN : 978-3-319-62776-2 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Geneva
Virtual hype? New media and the transformation of political parties and party systems (2001)
Wring, Dominic and Horrocks, Ivan
In: Axford, Barrie and Huggins, Richard eds. New Media and Politics (pp. 191-209)
ISBN : 0-7619-6200-X | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Community Information Systems and Process Reengineering: evidence from a case study (1997)
Horrocks, Ivan
In: Snellen, I.Th.M; Taylor, J.A. and Zuurmond, A eds. Beyond BPR in Public Administration. Informatization Developments and the Public Sector (5)
ISBN : 90 5199 309 9 | Publisher : IOS Press | Published : Amsterdam
Electronic Public Information Systems: designations on an information superhighway? (1996)
Horrocks, Ivan and Zouridis, Stavros
In: Bekkers, V.J.; Koops, B-J and Nouwt, S eds. Emerging Electronic Highways: new challenges for politics and law. Law and Electronic Commerce (pp. 55-70)
ISBN : 90-411-0183-7 | Publisher : Kluwer Law International | Published : The Hague
Electronic democracy: Themes and issues (1995)
Horrocks, Ivan and Pratchett, Lawrence
In: Lovenduski, J. and Stanyer, J. eds. Contemporary Political Studies 1995: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of the UK (pp. 1218-1226)
ISBN : 0 9523150 4 1 | Publisher : Political Studies Association | Published : Belfast
Democratic Governance and New Technology: Technologically Mediated Innovations in Political Practice in Western Europe (2000-03)
Hoff, Jens; Horrocks, Ivan and Tops, Pieter eds.
Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science
ISBN : 0-415-18922-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
RE-PROVO: an evaluation of gamification in a law enforcement organization (2016-10)
Alexandrova, Assia; Rapanotti, Lucia and Horrocks, Ivan
In : Fictional Game Elements 2016 (FGE 2016) (16-19 Oct 2016, Austin, TX)
The legacy problem in government agencies: an exploratory study (2015-05-27)
Alexandrova, Assia; Rapanotti, Lucia and Horrocks, Ivan
In : 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (27-30 May 2015, Phoenix, Arizona) (pp. 150-159)
Developing a capstone research module for multiple masters qualifications at the Open University (UK): the case of T847 (2014-06)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : ECRM 2014 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management (16-17 Jun 2014, London, UK) (pp. 177-184)
Innovation vs. Heritage: a Requirements Game to Encourage Creativity in Government Agencies' Legacy Systems Replacement Projects. (2014)
Alexandrova, Assia; Rapanotti, Lucia and Horrocks, Ivan
In : 4th International Workshop on Creativity in Requirements Engineering (CreaRE) (7-10 Apr 2014, Essen) (pp. 12-20)
Government for you (EGOV4U): a realist evaluation of "success" and "failure" (2013-07)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : 16th International Association for Critical Realism Conference (28-30 Jul 2013, Nottingham, UK) (pp. 91-108)
Multi-channel governance and electronic democracy (2011-11-25)
Budd, Les and Horrocks, Ivan
In : Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2011: Contested Regions: Territorial Politics and Policy (25 Nov 2011, London, UK)
Analysing decision-making and policy outcomes in government: a critical realist perspective (2010-06-18)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : Critcial Realism in Action (18 Jun 2010, Leeds University Business School)
From Revolving Doors to Capture and Control: a critique of the "commercialisation" of the Whitehall policy process (2008-07)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : International Association for Critical Realism Annual Conference 2008 (11-13 Jul 2008, Kings College, London)
Digital democracy: a critique (2008-07)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : Grounds for critique: realism in the natural and human sciences, IACR Annual Conference (11-13 Jul 2008, Kings College, London)
Revolution, transformation and reinvention: questioning the 'inevitability' of e-government (2008-04)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : Against the Flow: realism and critiques of contemporary thought (5 Apr 2008, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAC), London)
In search of the real: evaluating the application of the morphogenetic approach to a longutudinal case study of organisational change (2007-08-17)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : The 2007 annual conference of the International Association for Critical Realism (17-19 Aug 2007, Philadelphia, USA)
The Internet: managed technology = managed democracy (2006-12-06)
Horrocks, Ivan
In : The Internet: Power and Governance in a Digitised World (6 Dec 2006, Oxford, UK)
eGovernment for You: Impact Evaluation Framework (2012-12)
Budd, Leslie; Grimsley, Mike; Horrocks, Ivan; Meehan, Anthony; Minocha, Shailey and Walker, Steve
The Open University
eGovernment for You: Work Package 7: Impact Evaluation: Training and Support Materials, Schedules and Methods (2012-12)
Budd, Leslie; Grimsley, Mike; Horrocks, Ivan; Meehan, Anthony; Minocha, Shailey and Walker, Steve
The Open University