Kecheng Liu, Ph.D.

Professor of Applied Informatics
Henley Business School, University of Reading

Ph.D. in Information Management
University of Twente, the Netherlands


Professor Kecheng Liu’s extensive academic and leadership experience in the UK, China and several European countries spans almost three decades. He is Professor and Chair of Applied Informatics in Henley Business School, University of Reading. He is also the founding Head of School of Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting and the founder and Honorary Director of the Informatics Research Centre. Professor Liu is Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Charted Institute of Management, and the Higher Education Academy.


Kecheng Liu served as Executive Vice Chancellor and CTO of Wuhan College, China, a private university of 13,000 students sponsored by Charles Yidan Chen, a co-founder of Tencent (WeChat owner). Professor Liu has played numerous academic leadership roles as Member of University Senate, Head of School, Director of Academic Programme (MSc and Ph.D. levels).


Dozens of PhD students have graduated in organisational semiotics and business informatics under the supervision of this internationally renowned scholar. Kecheng Liu has become a distinguished educator by designing, leading and delivering various programmes and courses. He has taught business informatics, information management and systems, digital strategy and leadership, etc. at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including EMBA.


Professor Liu is a recognised top researcher and thought leader who is very active internationally. He has been Visiting Professor at several universities in China (Renmin University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Beijing Jiaotong University). His research interests and publications span organisational semiotics, digital strategy and architecture, enterprise information systems, business-IT alignment, co-design of business and IT systems, pervasive informatics, and intelligent spaces.


Professor Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Information Management from the University of Twente (the Netherlands).