Dr Senaka Fernando

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Department:School of Allied 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, healthcare management, organisational aspects of information systems/information systems in health care and innovation management.

Email: senaka.fernando@anglia.ac.uk


Senaka received his PhD and MSc from Brunel University London. He teaches Management & Leadership modules on MBA 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 ranked 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 an organisational 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

  • Organisational behaviour
  • Organisational aspects of Information systems in healthcare organisations
  • Organisational change driven by technology
  • Innovation management
  • Health/Public service management


PhD in Management of 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

Hirayama M & Fernando S (2016), "Burnout in Surgeons and Organisational Interventions", Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol:109(11)

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

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