Dr. Maria Kutar

Salford Business School

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building – Room 608(d)

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Information Systems


I studied Law at undergraduate level, followed by a Masters and PhD research in Computer Science. In 2004 I joined the University of Salford, firstly in the Information Systems Institute, and then in Salford Business School. I have undertaken a variety of academic leadership roles, and led the University Research Ethics Panel. I am currently Programme Leader for BSc Business Management and Co-Lead for the Disruptive Technologies Research and Innovation Cluster. A key theme in my role is fostering enterprise and innovation through both curriculum design and teaching delivery.

I am a recipient of 3 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards and a Student Union Teaching Award, and am dedicated to delivering excellent teaching and student experience. My teaching covers a broad range of information systems areas including systems analysis and design, legal and professional issues and emerging / disruptive technologies. My teaching is centred on a constructivist approach, and uses inquiry based pedagogies to foster deep learning. An important focus is to foster creativity in students through the use of varied learning and assessment activities.

I have worked with a range of businesses on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, including a current Digital Transformation project with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and have contributed to the delivery of short courses in digital transformation to senior leaders. 

I was Chair of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group 2004-2018, member of the British Computer Society Ethics Expert Panel 2004-2006, and am a current Board Member for the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS). My research interests are focused on human aspects of technology, and Learning in HE.

Areas of research

Human aspects of information systems, Digital transformation

Areas of supervision

Information Systems, Digital Business, Disruptive Technologies


Current modules

  • L7 Operations and Information Management
  • L6 Technology Innovation, BIT Project
  • L5 Mobile App Development
  • L4 Creative Problem and Decision Making

Previous teaching has included

  • IS Strategy
  • Ethical and Professional Issues
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Information Security.

Research Interests

My research interests are

  • Human aspects of information systems
  • Digital transformation
  • Teaching and learning in HE

Qualifications and Memberships


  • MSc. Computer Science
  • PhD Computer Science


  • Board Member
  • UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS)

Postgraduate Research

Current PhD Students

  • Richard O'Chiobi - Stakeholder Engagement During Quality Assurance in Information Systems Development
  • Jessica Muirhead - Informative Web Content Guidelines: A practitioner model for online content effectiveness

Completed PhD Students

  • Chiara Addis - Responsible AI. The Praxis of AI and Data Protection Management: Negotiating Innovation and FAT Principles (2022)
  • Talal Alazemi - Users’ Information Seeking Behaviours, their Interactions and Experience with the Academic Library Web Interface (2015)
  • Jiten Makan -  Understanding trust and confidence in web behaviour (2014)
  • Antonio Espingardeiro -  A roboethics framework for the development and introduction of social assistive robots in elderly care (2014)
  • Azham Hussein -  Metric based evaluation of mobile devices : Mobile Goal Question Metric (mGQM) (2012)
  • Janice Whatley - Supporting student team project work : the Guardian Agent system (2009)
  • Yun Chen - Modelling and Matching: A methodology for complex ePlanning systems development (2007)

I welcome new PhD students.