Dr Stephen Thorpe

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Senior Lecturer

Email: stephen.thorpe@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6747-6105

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology

Overview:

Growth and agility are the underlying passions that drive my academic expertise and innovative spirit. In my role as the Head of External Relations and Development I strategize, lead and grow the student-industry engagement for my school and, more recently, have led the creation of our innovative new Master of IT Project Management where I teach the Team Facilitation for IT Projects paper and supervise students undertaking a range of project management and agile related research projects.

Mine is an agile mindset that likes to take a team approach, focuses on alignment, and is constantly building a culture of success. With a background in group facilitation, user-centered design and technology, I integrate domains of technology and collaboration in bringing together communities of students, alumni and industry. I bring a unique skill set to the implementation of strategy-aligned initiatives harmonized with the university’s vision of great graduates.

Research interests include: online team effectiveness, group facilitation, virtual worlds, second order project management, e-Government, as well as in IT governance, and data management. Some of my recent work includes a co-authored paper with Dr Glyn Thomas (2018) on Enhancing the Facilitation of Online Groups in Higher Education, published in the prestigious Q1 Interactive Learning Environments https://doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2018.1451897.

In 2015 my team’s efforts were recognised by the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Professional Excellence, having demonstrated a highly significant and sustained contribution to the strategic development of the University as a whole. In 2016 I was awarded the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies Award for Contribution to the Research Environment. Last year I was awarded the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies Leadership Excellence Award for raising the profile of our school’s disciplines and promoting STEM.

Research interests:

I am a lead researcher in the Department of IT and Software Engineering at the Auckland University of Technology. Much of my research work over the last 15 years has been involved in leading the development, at an international level, of the profession of practicing group facilitators. This has involved four years on the Board of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) (2006-2010), co-convening facilitator conferences (2002, 2004, 2008 and 2009), three years as an Associate Editor (2005-2007) and ten as the Editor-in-Chief of the association’s Group Facilitation Journal (2008-present).

As an emerging profession, group facilitation has yet to develop a significant body of research knowledge; particularly in my own research niche of online group facilitation. While information technologies are becoming mainstream in group work, the process and team theory knowledge hasn’t kept pace with rapid adoption of technology-based ways of working. The gap my research has focused on is in the area of how to effectively facilitate virtual teams through group process. It is multidisciplinary research that is aimed to be relevant in contexts of work groups, e-learning, organizational development, group dynamics, collaborative technology, and collaborative innovation networks. Earlier work, including a chapter on Facilitation Online, in The Art of Facilitation (2007, 2009) by Dale Hunter has been published in Korean and on Kindle in 2012 with 10 new citations. The book is now ranked #98 in Amazon’s Kindle Best Sellers for the Occupational & Organizational category and at #209 in the Occupational & Organizational Books Best Sellers category.

Some of my seminal research work, such as my article on Online Facilitator Competencies for Group Facilitators, also linked with two earlier conference papers, has established the first set of competencies worldwide for those facilitating online teams and drew on work undertaken over 4 years with 60 online group facilitators from 12 countries. Other work has drawn on experiences in the school’s off-shore Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences programme in Vietnam (2012-present) and in China (2013-present) that has explored intercultural learning and teaching strategies and presented a new framework for offshore alumni services in higher learning institutions.

Recent work includes an article co-authored with Hassan, M. Alsuwayed on Academic Perceptions of e-Learning Systems in the Universities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that jas been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Learning Technology, Q3; and a co-authored article with Dr Glyn Thomas on Enhancing the Facilitation of Online Groups in Higher Education: A Comparative Review of the Literature on Face-To-Face and Online Group-Facilitation that has been published in the prestigious Interactive Learning Environments in 2018, a Q1 journal with an impact factor of 1.674 (2015).

Teaching summary:

2019 Master of IT Project Management (Programme Leader)
ENSE882 Team Facilitation for IT Projects
ENSE986 Research Project
2018 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences
COMP702-703, 704, 707 Research & Development Project
COMP607 Information Security Technologies (China)
COMP607 Information Security Technologies (Vietnam)
2017 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences
COMP702-703, 704, 707 Research & Development Project
COMP607 Information Security Technologies (China)
COMP607 Information Security Technologies (Vietnam)
2016 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences
COMP702-703, 704, 707 Research & Development Project (City and South)
COMP607 Information Security Technologies (Vietnam)
2014-2015 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences and Bachelor of Business
406714 Information Security Management (City and South)
406714 Information Security Technologies (Vietnam)
406714 Information Security Technologies (China)
2013 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences
406714 Information Security Technologies, (Vietnam)
406714 Information Security Technologies, (China)
406027 IT Project Management (City and South)
406027 IT Project Practice (City and South)
2011-2012 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Programme Leader)
405702 Computing Technology in Society (City and South)
2010 Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences
407712 Contemporary Information Systems (Online)
405021 Enterprise Systems (City and South)
2007 Guest lectured on Collaborative Computing and Master of Business Administration papers
2003-2004 Bachelor of Business
475120 Business Information Management
475130 Globalization and Business Enterprise
2000-2006 Bachelor of Business
407105 Human Computer Interaction

Research outputs:

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Bint, L. (2018). Protecting New Zealand Native Birds: An Investigation of Founder Motivations in the Squawk Squad Collaborative Innovation Network. In F. Grippa, J. Leitao, J. Gluesing, K. Riopelle, & P. Gloor (Eds.), Collaborative Innovation Networks Building Adaptive and Resilient Organizations (pp. 123-138). Springer. Retrieved from https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319742946

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2012). Facilitation online. In D. Hunter (Ed.), The art of facilitation (pp. 173-179). Seoul, South Korea: Sigma Press Korea.

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2012). Facilitation online. In D. Hunter (Ed.), The art of facilitation (pp. 175-182). Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Facilitation-Essentials-ebook/dp/B00AM7FE6Q

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Facilitation Online. In D. Hunter (Ed.), The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy (pp. 175-182). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470467924.html

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2008). The use of storytelling in building online group relationships. In S. Kelsey, & K. S. Amant (Eds.), Handbook of research on computer mediated communication (pp. 551-569). Hershey PA: Information Science Publishing. doi:10.4018/978-1-59904-863-5

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2008). Facilitating effective online participation in e-government. In New Zealand E-government 2007: Progress Towards Transformation (pp. 72-73). Wellington: State Services Commission.

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2007). Facilitation Online. In D. Hunter (Ed.), The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy (pp. 349 pages). Auckland: Random House New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/Book_Display_46.aspx?CategoryId=20&ProductId=456169

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Hunter, D. (2005). Facilitator Values and Ethics. In S. Schuman (Ed.), The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices from the Leading Organization in Facilitation (pp. 545-562). Jossey-Bass Inc Pub. Retrieved from http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-078797160X.html

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2004). Online Storytelling in IS Research. In B. Cusack, & A. U. O. T. S. O. C. I. Sciences (Eds.), Proceedings of the NACCQ 2004 Post-Graduate Symposium (pp. 11-19). Auckland, New Zealand: Trumps.

Conference contributions

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Sommerford, R. (2018). Emerging technologies for remote group facilitation: An edge thinking exercise. In Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2018. Melbourne: Australasian Facilitators Network. Retrieved from https://www.afnconference.org.au/

  • Hunter, D., & Thorpe, S. J. (2018). Accessing wisdom and presence in groups. In Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2018. Melbourne. Retrieved from https://www.afnconference.org.au/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2018). Security strategy for E-Government. In 2018 Cyber Forensic and Security International Conference. Nuku'alofa: Cyber Forensic and Security Research. Retrieved from http://cfsrc.net/Program.html

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2018). The importance of information security research for the national economy. In The Proceedings of the 2018 Cyber Forensic & Security International Conference. Nuku'alofa: Christ's University in Pacific. Retrieved from http://cfsrc.net/

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Bint, L. (2017). Protecting New Zealand native birds: An investigation of founder motivations of the Squawk Squad collaborative innovation network. In 7th International Conference on Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs17). Detroit, Michigan.

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Bint, L. (2017). Protecting New Zealand native birds: An investigation of founder motivations of the squawk squad collaborative innovation network. In 7th International Conference on Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs17). Detroit, Michigan.

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Thomas, G. (2016). Facilitating online groups: Keeping pace with leading edge tools and techniques. Poihakena Marae, Whaingaroa (Raglan). Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. (2016). Towards online facilitator competencies for group facilitators. In Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2016. Whaingaroa (Raglan).

  • Wu-Ross, A., Hitchcock, L., & Thorpe, S. J. (2014). Learning and teaching strategies in an intercultural context: An offshore program in Vietnam. In Proceedings of the 2nd Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs (FICAP-2) Collaborative Education: Era of Convergence and Perspectives (pp. 46-53). Hangzhou: BrownWalker Press. Retrieved from http://www.brownwalker.com/book/1627345272

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2014). A framework for offshore alumni services in higher learning institutions. In Proceedings of the 2nd Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs (FICAP-2) Collaborative Education: Era of Convergence and Perspectives (pp. 31-35). Hangzhou: BrownWalker Press. Retrieved from http://www.brownwalker.com/book/1627345272

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Wu-Ross, A. (2013). Learning and Teaching Strategies in an Intercultural Context: Offshore Programme in Vietnam. In ICERI2013 Proceedings. Seville: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED). Retrieved from http://iated.org/iceri2013/publications

  • Thorpe, S. J., Thomas, G., & Hunter, D. (2013). A review of online learning in higher education: Towards transformational learning. In Online Facilitation Unconference 2013. https://ofu2013.hackpad.com/. Retrieved from https://ofu2013.hackpad.com/

  • Thorpe, S. J., Ru-Ross, A., & Hitchcock, L. (2013). Learning and teaching strategies in an intercultural context: Offshore programme in Vietnam. In Second Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs. Hangzhou.

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2013). Towards a Framework for Offshore Alumni Services in Higher Learning Institutions. In Second Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs. Hangzhou.

  • Wu-Ross, A., & Thorpe, S. J. (2013). Learning and teaching strategies in an intercultural context: Offshore programme in Vietnam. In ICERI2013 Conference Proceedings (pp. 4629-4635). Seville: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED). Retrieved from http://library.iated.org/publications/ICERI2013

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Wu-Ross, A. (2013). Learning and teaching strategies in an intercultural context: Offshore programme in Vietnam. In 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation: Conference proceedings (pp. 4629-4635). Seville: International Association of Technology, Education and Development.

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2013). Towards online facilitator competencies in collaborative higher learning programmes. In FICAP-1 Proceedings: Collaborative Academic Programs as a Contribution to Developing Nations (pp. 68-78). Ho Chi Minh City: BrownWalker Press. Retrieved from http://www.universal-publishers.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=161233704X

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2012). Towards online facilitator competencies in collaborative higher learning programmes. In First Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs. 227 Nguyen Van Cu Str. District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/ficap2012/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2011). Storytelling and building collaborative team relationships in Second Life. In International Conference on Distance Learning and Education. Singapore: International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2011). Engaging Better Online Group Relationships. In 2011 Virtual Working Summit. Loughbourough: Making Projects Work. Retrieved from http://virtualworkingsummit.com/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2011). Online Group Engagement with Storytelling. In Australasian Facilitators Network 2011 Conference. Freemantle, Western Australia. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2011). Storytelling and building collaborative team relationships in Second Life. In International Proceedings of Computer Science and Information Technology Distance Learning and Education Vol. 12 (pp. 62-66). Singapore: International Proceedings of Computer Science and Information Technology. Retrieved from http://www.ipcsit.com/proceeding.htm

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2011). Storytelling and building collaborative team relationships in Second Life. In International Conference on Distance Learning and Education. Singapore: International Proceedings of Computer Science and Information Technology. Retrieved from http://www.ipcsit.com/proceeding.htm

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2011). Storytelling and building collaborative team relationships in Second Life. In International Conference on Distance Learning and Education. Singapore: International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology. Retrieved from http://www.ipcsit.com/

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Hunter, D. (2011). Mapping the field of facilitation. In The 9th Annual International Association of Facilitators Asia Facilitator Conference. Singapore. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Enhancing the effectiveness of online groups: online facilitation with storytelling. In Australasian Facilitators Network 2009 Conference. Nelson. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Sherriff, C., Thorpe, S. J., & Almerigi, S. (2009). Catch the Facilitation Wave! IAF in the Caribbean – What’s in IAF for YOU?. In The International Association of Facilitators Latin America and the Caribbean Conference 2009. Bridgetown. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Enhancing online facilitation with storytelling. In The International Association of Facilitators Latin America and the Caribbean Conference. Bridgetown. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J., Ruiz, R., & Hunter, D. (2009). Multi-stakeholder engagement. In The International Association of Facilitators Latin America and the Caribbean Conference. Bridgetown. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Generating a Quantum Shift in Group Consciousness. In The International Association of Facilitators Latin America and the Caribbean Conference. Bridgetown.

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Enhancing online facilitation with storytelling. In The International Association of Facilitators European Conference. Oxford. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Hunter, D. (2009). Working in blended realities. In The International Association of Facilitators European Conference. Oxford. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Enhance your online facilitation with storytelling. In The International Association of Facilitators North America 2009 Conference. Vancouver, BC. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Ryall, K., Golden, M., & Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Facilitating across cultures and across generations: challenges and opportunities. In The International Association of Facilitators North America 2009 Conference. Vancouver, BC. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Hunter, D., Thorpe, S. J., Firkins, J., McKinley, E., & Ochre, G. (2008). Facilitating Social Change. In Australasian Facilitators Network 2008 Conference. Bathurst, New South Wales. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Hunter, D., & Thorpe, S. J. (2007). The art of facilitation: Experiencing co-operacy and purposeful facilitation. In Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2007. Adelaide, South Australia. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J., Firkins, J., Schwarz, T., Hunter, D., & Kneebone, S. (2007). Visioning Plenary - The Next Chapter: Showcasing the deeper purpose of facilitation. In Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2007. Adelaide. Retrieved from http://www.facilitationworks.com.au/zedtemplate/issue3/p1.html

  • Hunter, D., & Thorpe, S. J. (2006). Person-centered facilitation: Being there - self, other, group, purpose. In Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2006. Geelong, Victoria. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2006). The Effectiveness of Narrative in Facilitating Online Relationship Development. In 39th Midwest Facilitators Network Conference. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved from http://www.stephenthorpe.co.nz/

  • Thorpe, S., Carter, P., Baker, A., & Lough, B. (2002). The use of a large interactive display surface (LIDS) prototype in graphic design teaching. [Online].. In Proceedings of the 19th annual conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). : ASCILITE. http://www.unitec.ac.nz/ascilite/proceedings/papers/145.pdf. Retrieved from http://www.unitec.ac.nz/ascilite/proceedings/papers/145.pdf

  • Thorpe, S., Carter, P., Baker, A., & Lough, B. (2002). The use of large interactive display surface (LIDS) prototype in graphics design teaching. In Winds of Change in the Sea of Learning: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Vol. 2 (pp. 889-892). Auckland: ASCILITE. Retrieved from http://www.unitec.ac.nz/ascilite/proceedings/papers/145.pdf

Edited books/volumes

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2014). Proceedings of the 2nd Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs (FICAP-2) Collaborative Education: Era of Convergence and Perspectives. Boca Raton, Florida: BrownWalker Press. Retrieved from http://www.brownwalker.com/book/1627345272

Theses

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2009). Enhancing the effectiveness of online groups: an investigation of storytelling in the facilitation of online groups. (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/778

Oral presentations

  • Thorpe, S. J., & Bint, L. (2017). Protecting New Zealand Native Birds: An Investigation of Founder Motivations of the Squawk Squad Collaborative Innovation Network.

  • Thorpe, S. J. (2017). The importance of information security and IT research for the national economy. Nukuʻalofa, Tonga.

Other outputs