Dr Senaka Fernando

Senior Lecturer in Management and Leadership, Course Leader for MBA Health Care Management and MSc Health Informatics

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:Medical Science and Public Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health and social care

Courses taught: Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care, Healthcare Management

Senaka has research and teaching expertise in organisational behaviour and organisational aspects of information systems/information systems in health care.

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Email: senaka.fernando@anglia.ac.uk


Senaka received his PhD and MSc from Brunel University London. He teaches Management & Leadership modules on MBA, MSc and BSc courses. Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University, He worked at Brunel University and Kingston Business School, Kingston University. His research work at Brunel includes an EU funded (€3 million) research project and a research project (£2.3 million) funded under the EPSRC.

Senaka has published his work in leading journals and conferences and been serving as a reviewer for high ranking journals and conferences as well. He also has a track record in teaching organisational Behaviour, Innovation management and Entrepreneurship.

Research interests

Senaka’s research focuses on technology, people and organisation from a management studies perspective. He's particularly interested in interpretive research examining the role of information systems in the transformation of work practices within health care organisations.

Areas of research supervision

  • Information systems development and management
  • Information systems in Health Care Organisations
  • Information Systems and Organisational Change
  • Health/Public Service Management


PhD in Information Systems (Brunel University), MSc in Decision Modelling and Information Systems (Brunel University)

Memberships, editorial boards

Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS)

Selected recent publications

Fernando, S., Choudrie, J., Lycett, M., de Cesare, S. (2012) Hidden assumptions and their influence on clinicians’ acceptance of new IT systems in the NHS, Information Systems frontiers,14(2):279-299

Fernando, S., Money, A., Elliman, T., Lines, L. (2010), Transformational government and Improving Services for Older Adults, through the DIADEM Assistive Technology, Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy , 4(1): 54-72

Fernando, S., Elliman, T., Money, A., Lines, L. (2010) Older adults and diffusion of assistive web-base Technologies, Journal of Information Technology Research, 3(1): 1-12

Money, A., Fernando, S., Lines, L., Elliman, A. D. (2011), Assessing online –form complexity for the development of assistive technologies for older adults, Journal of Computing & Information Technology, 3(18):257-274

Money, A., Lorna, L., Fernando, S., Elliman, T. (2010) e-Government Online forms: Design Guidelines for Older Adults in Europe, Universal Access in the Information Society, 4 (9)

Chapter in a book

Fernando, S., Money, A., Elliman, T. and Lines, L. (2009), Older Adults and Diffusion of Assistive Web-Base Technologies, Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Addressing Diversity, Stephanidis, C. (Ed). Lecture Notes in Computer Science published by Springer-Verlag: Berlin/Heidelberg, vol 5614, pp 353-360

Recent presentations and conferences

Fernando, S. (2013), An Exploratory Study of the Reluctance of Clinicians to Use New IT Systems in the UK National Health Service (NHS): A Proposed Research Discussion Paper, The 21st International Business Information Management Conference (IBIMA), June 27-28, Vienna, Austria

Money, A. G., Fernando, S., Lines, L., Elliman, A. D. (2010) “Web-based Assistive Technologies for Older-Adults: A Trial Protocol” Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 7-10 June 2010, Pretoria, South Africa