Hanna studied Management Sciences at the University of Warwick (UK). She holds an MSc in Operations Management and a PhD in Innovation Management from the University of Manchester (UK). She has a wide international experience in industry and joined the University Of Newcastle in December 2012 after completing her PhD. She is a visiting scholar at the University of Hasselt, Belgium and Konstanz University, Germany.
Her previous industry experience includes a broad range of operations such as international procurement activities, implementation of ERP system as well as new products and business development in various industries.
Hanna is a Member of the Druid Society and a Member of the Academy of Management.
Hanna's research links the domain of strategic management, technology and innovation management and manufacturing strategy with a particular focus on open innovation, business model innovation, and Industry 4.0. She is currently collaborating with several multinational companies in the UK and Europe and she is conducting multiple case studies on the challenges of implementing open innovation in the automotive, home appliances and publishing industries. She is exploring how conscious adopters of open innovation are re-designing the internal structures, and practices of the firm to support the strategy.
Hanna has also diversifed the breadth of her research interests to new areas such as Industry 4.0,and Smart Factory which are at the centre of the Industrial Strategy set by the government in the UK. In one of her recent inter-disciplinary research projects that is at the interface of engineering and management, she is exploring how manufacturing firms can harness the full potential of Industry 4.0 in both their R&D activities and manufacturing processes to optimise not only productivity but the overall innovation performance including new products/services and business model innovation. The project will also explore how firms are using artificial intelligence to create new forms of value for user-centric technologies in their business models.