Dr Kayas is an experienced Senior Lecturer in the Business School environment with experience at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level. His research centres around information system technologies and organisational studies with surveillance forming his central research focus. Dr Kayas has published award winning research, reviews articles for international peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and is an experienced PhD examiner.
Dr Kayas was elected to the Board of the UK Academy of Information Systems in 2015 and has been the Secretary since 2017. 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. 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 sectors: entertainment, technology, retailing, and the third sector. He is committed to the voluntary sector, having worked on a range of different projects: managing digital marketing platforms, website development, developing integrated information systems, and developing and implementing e-library services. Dr Kayas has also worked for multinational firms in the banking and insurance sectors.
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study ?
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
Doctoral Students In Progress - Moshabbab Alqahtani, Market segmentation in the Saudi Arabian tourism sector. - Anand Sheombar, Exploring International Development NGOs’ Use of Social Media. - Sameer Abdal Malik, Service innovation and the role of co-creation of value in markets. - Alex Hughes, Business applications of blockchain technologies within digital media industries. - Ed Bielinski, Programme leadership though organisational change. - Fajer Ali Mulla Hasan Ali Salem, A Step Towards a Smarter Bahrain: Case Study Analysis.
External examiner roles
External Examiner, London Metropolitan University
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Dr Kayas’ research centres around information system technologies and organisational studies with surveillance forming his central research focus. His research examines the impact of surveillance technologies on organisations through the different meanings actors socially construct within their subjective and intersubjective spheres of social reality. This interest focuses on exploring how the social dimension of organisations interacts with digital technologies to render surveillance systems propagated by asymmetrical regimes of power. Dr Kayas also critiques the notion of organisational surveillance, by putting it in a wider cultural, economic, and political context, to understand the power managers use to shape employees’ perceptions of organisational reality.
Dr Kayas is currently working on a study examining the sociotechnical dimensions influencing the emergence of workplace surveillance; a critical analysis of the surveillance emerging from performance management technologies; an ethical analysis of surveillance technologies in the workplace; the readiness of small-to-medium enterprises for embracing big data analytics; and the marketization of UK public services.
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 whilst also contributing to research degree training. Dr Kayas is also involved with research degree examinations.
Dr Kayas was the Guest Editor for the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management and regularly reviews for the following conferences: ICIS, ECIS, UKAIS, EDAMBA, Socio-Technical Perspective in Information Systems, and the International Conference on Contemporary Marketing Issues. 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