Professor Sharm Manwani

Executive Professor of IT & Digital Leadership

Professor Sharm Manwani

Professor Sharm Manwani

Programme Director, Business Design and Digital Transformation
Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
By area: Business and IT Integration
By industry: Consumer Products
By geography: Europe
EH 516, Greenlands campus
+44 (0) 1491 571454
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Sharm is the Executive Professor of IT & Digital Leadership at Henley. His ongoing research with McKinsey has generated Enterprise Architecture best practices for Digital Transformation. He has many academic and professional publications, winning the Henley Doctoral Research Paper prize for his study of business and IT alignment in multinationals.

As a European CIO at Diageo and Electrolux, Sharm led several international change programmes generating new business and operating models. He utilised this experience to create and direct three successful Business IT Transformation programmes for corporates and consultancies. An invitation followed to advise the European Commission on Digital Leadership education with results presented in workshops across Europe.

Sharm is a Fellow of the British Computer Society for whom he has judged many IT awards. He has presented at conferences and consults with large organisations on Digital Leadership and Business Transformation. His book on IT Enabled Business Change aligns to a BCS qualification.

Areas of expertise: Strategic Alignment & Transformation, IT & Digital Leadership, Global IT, Business Design and EA, Information Management

Programme Delivery

Programme Director for Strategy & Enterprise Architecture (EuroCIO), Business Design (PA Consulting)



Bossert, O., Fehskens L., Manwani, S. and Sokalski, J. (2017) Business Value of Enterprise Architecture – Why CEOs should Recognize and Empower their EA Departments: Key Takeaways from the McKinsey & Company and Henley Business School EA Survey. Journal of Enterprise Architecture, 2

Manwani, S. and Bossert, O. (2016) The challenges and responses for enterprise architects in the digital age. Journal of Enterprise Architecture, 12 (3). pp. 6-9. ISSN 2166-6792

Manwani, S. (2015) The role of enterprise architecture in digital business. Journal of Enterprise Architecture.

Shaw, N. and Manwani, S. (2013) Content validation for level of use of feature rich systems: a Delphi study of electronic medical records systems. Information Research, 18 (1). 558. ISSN 1368-1613

Manwani, S. (2010) The role of the sponsor in business change. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 9 (12). pp. 167-176. ISSN 1447-9575

Manwani, S., Fishwick, M. and Rankin, G. (2008) Information ambidexterity: an exploratory case study of skills development. Journal of Information Technologies Cases and Applications, 10 (3).

Manwani, S. and O'Keefe, R. (2003) The IT contribution in developing a transnational capability at Electrolux. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 12 (2). pp. 111-128. ISSN 0963-8687 doi: 10.1016/S0963-8687(03)00019-2

Manwani, S. (2002) Global IT architecture: who calls the tune? Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 5 (4).

Book Sections:

Manwani, S. and McAran, D. (2016) The five forces of technology adoption. In: Nah, F. F.-H. and Tan, C.-H. (eds.) HCI in Business, Government, and Organizations: eCommerce and Innovation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer International Publishing, Switzerland , pp. 545-555. ISBN 9783319393957 doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-39396-4

Palvia, P., Baqir, N. and Manwani, S. (2007) Global information technology architecture: foundations and organizational issues. In: Palvia, P., Palvia, S. and Harris, A. (eds.) Global information technology: strategy and challenges. Ivy League Publishing, Marietta, GA. ISBN 0964838249

Manwani, S. and Moon, S. (2004) Managing information overload. In: Truch, E. (ed.) Leveraging corporate knowledge. The Gower Developments in Business Series. Gower, Aldershot, pp. 199-210. ISBN 9780566085765


Manwani, S. (2017) Combining Executive Education with Postgraduate Qualification: Case Study Insights, ICERI Conference, November 2017, Seville (Isbn: 978-84-697-6957-7)

Manwani, S. and Quek, F. (2016) Dealing with the unexpected: time for disruptive leadership - a case study. In: BAM2016 Conference, 6 - 8 September 2016, Newcastle University.

Manwani, S. (2015) Creating learning solutions for executive education programmes. In: 3rd Annual Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference, 21-25 Jun 2015, Lima, Peru. (ISBN: 9780980458541)

McAran, D. and Manwani, S. (2014) A gestalt generated from grounded theory concerning intuition in IS research. In: 13th European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management, 16-17 June 2014, Cass Business School, London , pp. 286-295.

Pult, S. and Manwani, S. (2014) Towards a framework for managing IT-enabled change, sourcing and governance. In: 2nd International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance , 20 - 21 March 2014, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA .

McAran, D. and Manwani, S. (2013) Characterizing intuition in information systems research. In: Proceedings of the European Conference on Research Methods, July 4-7th 2013, Guimaraes, Portugal.

Pult, S. and Manwani, S. (2013) Evaluating the interdependencies between managing business change, IT sourcing and IT governance. In: The International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, 7-8 February 2013, Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 387-395.

Balhareth, H. B., Liu, K. and Manwani, S. (2012) Achieving business and IT alignment from organisational learning perspectives. In: International Conference on Business Information Systems (ICBIS’12), 27-28 June 2012, Paris, France, pp. 937-940. (World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Issue 66, June 2012)

Balhareth, H., Liu, K. and Manwani, S. (2012) Aligning business and IT from multi-level learning perspectives. In: The 17th UKAIS Conference on Information Systems, 27-28 March 2012, Oxford, UK.

Shaw, N. and Manwani, S. (2011) Extending feature usage: a study of the post-adoption of electronic medical records. In: The 19th European Conference on Information Systems, 9-11 June, 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

Manwani, S. and Carr, R. (2011) Driving service agility: a longitudinal case in Yell. In: ICDS 2011, The Fifth International Conference on Digital Society, 23 - 28 February 2011, Gosier, Guadeloupe, France, pp. 13-17.

Manwani, S. (2010) The agile governance of business IT projects. In: 6th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance , 28-29 October 2010, Wroclaw, Poland.

Manwani, S., O’Leary, T. and Shore, B. (2009) The role of the sponsor: stewardship and leadership. In: GITMA, 14 Jun 2009, Mexico City. (Unpublished)

Manwani, S. (2009) IT-enabled change: a lifecycle approach. In: 11th ICISO (IFIP WG8.1 Working Conference): Information systems in the changing era: theory & practice, 11-12 Apr 2009, Beijing, China.

Manwani, S. and Beaven, R. (2009) Re-energising business change: a Thomson Reuters case study. In: British Academy of Management Conference, 15-17 Sept, Brighton.

Burtscher, C., Manwani, S. and Remenyi, D. (2009) Towards a conceptual map of IT governance: a review of current academic and practitioner thinking. In: UK Academy for Information Systems Conference: Positive Information Systems, 31 Mar - 1 Apr 2009, Oxford, UK. (Paper 15)

Manwani, S. (2008) Developing an IT-enabled change lifecycle: theory and practice. In: Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) Conference, 22-24 June, Atlanta, USA . (Unpublished)

Research supervision:

Completed: Gerry Urwin – ERP; Norman Shaw – Technology Acceptance; Christoph Burtscher – IT Governance, Panos Hahamis – Government IT; Dan McAran - Technology Acceptance

Current: Sascha Pult – IT Enabled Business Change; Patrick Fallon - IT Enabled Business Change, Freddie Quek - Digital Leadership, Mo Meskarian - Digital Leadership


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