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Professor Sharm Manwani

Executive Professor of IT Leadership

Programme Director Design Programmes

MLP 8246 Sharm Manwani 1 75efq6wzg


  • Business and IT Integration, 
  • Consumer Products, 
  • Europe


EH 516, Greenlands campus

Sharm is the Executive Professor of IT Leadership at Henley. He has a European CIO background at GrandMet (Diageo) and Electrolux where he led a number of international change programmes supporting mergers, restructuring, business process redesign and key account management. He utilised this experience to create and direct three successful Business IT programmes for corporates and consultancies. As a consequence, he advised the European Commission on Digital Leadership education resulting in presentations to corporates and public sector bodies across Europe.

Sharm is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a judge for major Computing awards. He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Information Technology Cases. Sharm has presented at many business and academic conferences and consults with major organisations on Digital Leadership, Information Management and Business change.

Previously, Sharm completed his doctoral research into how IT aligns to and delivers business needs at corporate, group and operating unit levels. This led to international links and the position of VP, Research for the Global IT Management Association. He is the author of IT Enabled Business Change, which aligns to a professional qualification from BCS.

Sharm’s current research is in Business Design and IT Leadership. He recently developed an EA Survey with McKinsey which has generated conference and publication outputs. Additional research includes surveys and case studies on CIO skills and career progression. He has a large number of professional and academic publications, winning the Henley Doctoral Research Paper prize.

Areas of expertise: Strategy, IT Leadership, Global IT, Business Processes, Information Management, IT Capability Development, Programme Management, IT-enabled Business Change.

Reference: Manwani, S. and Bossert, O. (2019) Agile transformation in a VUCA world: EA lessons from digital leaders. In: 4th BEE Conference, May 2019, Dubrovnik.
Reference: Dover, P. A., Manwani, S. and Munn, D. (2018) Creating learning solutions for executive education programs. International Journal of Management Education, 16 (1). pp. 80-91. ISSN 1472-8117 doi:
Reference: Manwani, S. and Lancelott, M. (2018) Business design management education: case insights. Poslovna izvrsnost, 12 (2). pp. 71-78. ISSN 1848-9060 doi:
Reference: 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. ISSN 2166-6792
Reference: Manwani, S. and Pult, S. (2017) The dynamic capability of IT-enabled business transformation. In: SKM Competence-based Strategic Management, 28 - 29 Sep 2017, Berlin.
Reference: Manwani, S. (2017) Consistency of enterprise architecture. In: Krafzig, D., Deb, M. and Frick, M. (eds.) Digital Cookbook. Dirk Krafzig, pp. 236-240. ISBN 978398189408
Reference: 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
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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:
Reference: 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)
Reference: Manwani, S. (2015) The role of enterprise architecture in digital business. Journal of Enterprise Architecture.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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 (Shaw, N. & 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) paper 558. [Available at])
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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)
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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:
Reference: 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
Reference: 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
Reference: 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).
Reference: Manwani, S. (2008) IT enabled business change: successful management. British Computer Society, Swindon. ISBN 9781902505916
Reference: 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)
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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.
Reference: 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)
Reference: Manwani, S. (2002) Global IT architecture: who calls the tune? Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 5 (4).
Reference: 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)
Reference: 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

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