Dr Kayas is an experienced Senior Lecturer in the Business School environment with experience at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level. His research interests centre around organisational studies and information system technologies with surveillance forming his central research focus. He critically examines surveillance technologies to understand the impact they have on societies, organisations, and individuals. He is currently working on several research projects including: a systematic literature review exploring the ethical implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing; an analysis of the impact covert surveillance technologies have on employees in higher education; how digital surveillance platforms contribute to social inclusion and exclusion in society; and the impact surveillance technologies have on social privacy in the workplace.
Dr Kayas reviews articles for international peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and is an experienced PhD examiner. He was elected to the Board of the UK Academy of Information Systems in 2015. He is also a Programme Committee member and a Conference Committee Organiser for the UK Academy for Information Systems. Dr Kayas is Chair of the Information Systems stream for the Operational Research Society's annual conference. In 2018 he was elected as a Committee Member of the North Western Operational Research Society Group. He is the IT Consultancy Pathway Lead for the Digital Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship programme. He has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2017 and is a member of the Surveillance Studies Network.
Prior to an academic career, Dr Kayas worked as a consultant supporting the development of small organisations in a number of different areas. He is committed to the voluntary sector, having worked on the development of a range of different projects: digital marketing platforms, websites, information technology systems, and e-library systems. Dr Kayas has also worked for multinational firms in the banking and insurance sectors.
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study ?
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
External examiner roles
External Examiner, London Metropolitan University
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Dr Kayas's research interests centre around organisational studies and information system technologies with surveillance forming his central research focus. He critically examines surveillance technologies to understand the impact they have on societies, organisations, and individuals. He is currently working on several research projects including: a systematic literature review exploring the ethical implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing; an analysis of the impact covert surveillance technologies have on employees in higher education; how digital surveillance platforms contribute to social inclusion and exclusion in society; and the impact surveillance technologies have on social privacy in the workplace.
Dr Kayas won best paper at the UK Academy for Information Systems and won best paper at the MMU Doctoral Symposium for the research based on his PhD thesis. Dr Kayas is committed to the supervision and development of research students. He is currently supervising six students and is also involved with research degree examinations.
Dr Kayas was the Guest Editor for the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management and reviews for the following conferences: ICIS, ECIS, UKAIS, ICCMI, Socio-Technical Perspective in Information Systems. He has also reviewed for the Journal of Information Technology, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, and the International Journal of Retail Distribution Management.
Dr Kayas is always seeking opportunities to collaborate with partners to co-create research of value in these areas of interest that are intellectually stimulating, mutually rewarding and have impact on the communities of practice engaged in research.
C. Theodoridis, O. Kayas Connecting place managers to places: The challenge of moving beyond tacit knowledge informed placemaking decisions. Corfu,
D. Wilson, R. Nawaz, O. Kayas, D. Dancey, K. Welch 'The web is not print’: tracing historical influences on changing web coding practices. Amsterdam, 19/6/2019.
A. Sheombar, C. Urquhart, O. Kayas, T. Ndhlovu (2018). Social Media and Development: Understanding NGO practices and perceptions. San Francisco, USA,
OG. Kayas, T. Hines (2018). Surveillance systems in UK Higher Education: A critical analysis of emerging power relations. Aarhus, Denmark, 7/6/2018.
GH. Wright, H. Van Bon, OG. Kayas, A. Pyatt (2017). Relationship management: the characteristics of an effective account manager. Thessaloniki, Greece, 21/6/2017.
C. Theodoridis, OG. Kayas (2017). Place Management decision-making under uncertainty: Evidence from the UK and Ireland. Corfu, 24/4/2017.
GH. Wright, H. Van Bon, OG. Kayas, T. Hines Quality and value for sustainable relationships in professional services. Heraklion, Greece, 22/6/2016.
OG. Kayas, R. McLean, T. Hines, GH. Wright The Panoptic Gaze: Analysing the Interaction between Enterprise Resource Planning Technology and Organisational Culture. Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, 1/1/2008.
R. McLean, OG. Kayas Use of the Internet By Health Professionals and Health Consumer Support Groups: A Case Study. Northumbria University, United Kingdom, 1/1/2005.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Guest Editor, Special Issue, International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management
Reviewer, EDAMBA Thesis Competition
Associate Editor, International Conference on Information Systems
Reviewer, International Conference on Information Systems
Reviewer, European Conference on Information Systems
Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology
Associate Editor, Working Paper Series, MMU
£1,940, Research Development Grant The readiness of small-to-medium enterprises for embracing big data analytics Kayas, O.G. and Tebboune, S.
£3,850, The Centre for Business and Society’s Research Development Grant MMU Understanding the use and nature of data for the development of sustainable Place Management. Theodoridis, C. and Kayas, O. G.
£5,000, RIBM MMU Using the Internet as a Health Care Support Facility (With Sunderland Health Trust). McLean, R. and Kayas, O. G.
Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Prizes and awards
2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Promising Early Career Researcher 2016 Developing Research Excellence 2015 Research Fellowship 2008 Best Paper UK Academy for Information Systems 2007 Best Paper Doctoral Symposium 2006 Studentship
2018, Programme Committee, European Conference on Information Systems Workshop: New Technologies, Organizations and Work