Staff profile

Dr Amir Modjtahedi

Programme Leader - ITMB (IT Management for Business) Lecturer in Marketing and Operations Management

Amir Modjtahedi at University of Derby - South Tower Kedleston Campus


Business, Marketing


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader for the BSc Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) degree and teach several ITMB modules mostly related to the application, development and implementation of suitable IT solutions for businesses to enhance their productivity and continuous improvement.

I am also a lecturer in Marketing and Operations Management, teaching Marketing Research skills including Quantitative Research and Data Analysis, and Operations and Quality Management systems including Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 9000 standards, etc.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently the module leader and lecturer in:

  • IT Business Analysis
  • Organisational Transformation and Strategic IT
  • The Corporate IT Landscape
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Marketing Research (Lecturer - Quantitative Research/Data Analysis)

I have also led/taught:

  • Data Modelling and Databases
  • Enterprise Systems Management/ERP Systems
  • Project Management and Team Leadership
  • Introduction to Operation Management and IT

Professional interests

  • Enterprise Arcitucture
  • ERP/MIS Systems
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Data Analytics

Research interests

I am interested in research that would lead organisations to improve productivity by adapting existing technologies and considering the impact of emerging technologies.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Tech Industry Gold Course Director @ Tech Partnership Degrees


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (2015)
  • PhD, Business Management (2013)

Thesis Title: Critical Success Factors for quality based Service Improvement Initiatives: An empirical study to test the validity of Lean Six Sigma and Business Excellence Models.

  • Master of Business Administration / MBA (2006)
  • BSc Industrial Engineering (Industrial Production) (2000)

Experience in industry

MIS Software Consultant

StruMIS Software Consultant, Management Information System (MIS) for steel fabricators.

Assistant Quality Manager

Improving and redesigning the quality management system with using the process approach and looking for efficient KPI’s, employing models like Lean System, ISO9001 Standard and EFQM.

Data Analyst

Designing databases and reporting formats with Access and Excel

Quality Engineer & Project Manager

Implementing and auditing Quality Management Systems within Supply Chain (ISO9001, ISO/TS 16949, QS9000, Lean Six Sigma, EFQM, SPC, FMEA, MSA, APQP, SQA, KAIZEN and 5 S).

Industrial Engineer

Management Representative for ISO 9001 + Plan and control engineering and manufacturing projects using Excel, Access and MS Project for data analysis, production planning, capacity planning, inventory management, producing part lists, raw material lists, purchasing orders, bill of materials and various progress reports and graphs and etc.

International experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, Ryerson University, Canada (Nov.2016-Sep. 2017)

Leading a research to provide “A University’s Response to the Financial Services Talent Shortage” in particular within the Financial Technology (FinTech). This research explores the impact of emerging technologies/ IT on financial services sector and FinTech industry talent shortage/needs in order to provide a response at university level and implement pilot engagement activities at Ryerson University to address some of the potential FinTech Skills gaps. Please visit “ “ for more information about the research.

Recent publications

  • Modjtahedi, A., Flanagan, C. and Imogen, C. (2017) Investigating the Global FinTech Talent Shortage:

An Inter-Jurisdictional Review of Industry, Postsecondary Education Institutions and Government Response within London, UK; New York City, USA; and Toronto, Canada, Ryerson University. <

  • Modjtahedi, A., Flanagan, C. and Imogen, C. (2017) Toronto’s FinTech Talent Challenge:

An environmental scan of the FinTech talent needs through the perspectives of industry leaders and recent graduates, Ryerson University.<>

  • Longbottom, D. and Modjtahedi, A. (2012) Can emotional scaling methods improve quality in services, International Journal for Quality and Service Sciences, Emerald. (Winner of The Highly Commended Paper Award in 2013)
  • Modjtahedi, A., Longbottom, D. and Simon D. (2014) What Impact do Emotional Scaling Methods have on Services Re-design and Improvement? Critical Perspectives on Business Management, University of Derby Internal journal.