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Dr Kenneth Boness

Sessional/Associate Lecturer


Kenneth Boness is a Sessional Lecturer at Henley Business School (University of Reading), who currently teaches Management in the Real Estate Sector.

In 1973 Kenneth graduated in engineering. He joined the UKAEA Harwell laboratory as a Research Fellow and stayed on as a team-leading Senior Scientific Officer engaged in energy, aerospace and north sea projects.

In 1986 he was invited into a family-owned specialist software company where over the next 14 years, as a Board Director, helped to grow the company from six to 120 professional staff serving the financial, education, health, defence and publishing sectors.

In 2000 he began a spell as a freelance consultant. He was then quickly recruited into an innovative but under-achieving venture capital supported company, which once turned-around was bought out by BMC Software. In 2003 after serving BMC as the development manager for its UK enterprise database software products, he began a second freelance episode helping early phase venture capital supported companies to instantiate agile software development processes. This also included being a board director in a start-up company that produced specialist audit software for pharmaceutical companies operating in primary healthcare.

From 2003 onwards also increasingly occupied as an academic in Systems Engineering and occasionally Henley Business School at the University of Reading - researching in the conjunction of business and engineering whilst teaching and convening subjects such as enterprise architecture, requirements and business analysis, systems thinking, project management, IT service management and Quality.

Since 2019 Kenneth has been semi-retired whilst supporting sessional lecturing at HBS and some freelance consulting.


Diploma and BSc (Special Honours) in Electronic Engineering at the University of Hull.

MSc Engineering Information Systems at the University of Reading.

PhD on “Goal-Responsibility Appraisal of Soft Projects (GRASP)”, jointly with the School of Systems Engineering and the Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

CEng, FInstNDT and MIET.

Reference: Boness, K. D. , Harrison, R. and Liu, K. (2008) Goal sketching: an agile approach to clarifying requirements. The International Journal on Advances in Software, 1 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1942-2628
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Kenneth Boness - Professor Kecheng Liu
Reference: Boness, K. , Harrison, R. and Liu, K. (2005) Acknowledging the implications of requirements. In: 7th (ICEIS) International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, 25-28 May 2005, Miami, pp. 337-342. (Unpublished)
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Kenneth Boness - Professor Kecheng Liu