Study level

  • PhD
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Honours
  • Vacation research experience scheme


Faculty of Science

School of Information Systems

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Dr Rehan Syed
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science


Digital transformation and digitalisation are on top of the CIOs' agenda. However, organisations embarking into these initiatives struggle to understand the nature of leadership capabilities required for effective DT. Furthermore, the complexities associated with pandemics such as Covid19 has forced organisations to change the traditional view of leadership. The uncertainties require well-rounded leaders who can create vision and execute tactically to influence change, develop digital capabilities and foster enterprise agility.

Research activities

This project explores how organisations build and using digital capabilities to address the challenges posed by COVID-19. The tasks include a systematic literature review to collect, collate and synthesis high quality published material on the digital capabilities and digital transformation to build a conceptual framework, and collection of primary data to verify the framework. The outcomes are expected to document and categorise digital capabilities within different organisational contexts such as health, education and retail.


  • A systematic literature review
  • A taxonomy of digital leadership capabilities

Skills and experience

  • Literature search
  • Academic writing
  • Ability to learn qualitative data analysis software (NVivo)
  • Time management



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