Maria-Luciana Blaha

Maria-Luciana Blaha

Dr., Assistant Professor in Business Management and Intelligent Automation

  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Business Management, Leadership, Intelligent Automation, Posthumanism, Organizational Behaviour, Corporate Social Responsibility, Marketing, Operations Management


Luciana is an Assistant Professor in Intelligent Automation at Edinburgh Business School. She is Co-lead of the Intelligent Automation Systems (IAS) Lab, and co-founder of the EBS Consultancy Bootcamp. She has worked in the public, private and third sector for 12 years before moving to academia.

Her research investigates Intelligent Automation systems (including AI, RPA and chatbots) and their impact on organisational behaviour, reuniting findings from science and technology studies, business management and computing science. Her work uses mixed research methods to explore emerging behaviours and understandings of technology from the perspective of stakeholders within and outside the organisation.

Luciana has gained her PhD in Business Management from the University of Aberdeen and is a holder of the Elphinstone Scholarship 2018 and British Federation of Women Graduates funding 2020. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,  member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and an editor of the Scottish University Press, and Scottish AI Playbook. She has been awarded Early-Career Researcher of the Year in 2023.

Luciana has spoken to audiences in the UK, Dubai, Taiwan, US and Australia in the areas of Intelligent Automation, Management, AI and Qualitative Research Methods. Currently, her work focuses on the areas of organizational behaviour and Intelligent Automation systems, and AI stakeholder management for good.

Current projects under supervision:

  • The effect of adopting Emerging technologies by health insurance companies in Jordan on their financial performance, San'a Mohammad Al-Sharaideh (DBA)
  • Mobile Learning In Higher Educational Institutes and Its Impact on Development (An assessment of the Ghanaian Experience), Daniel Abbiw Jackson (DBA)
  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Automation on Controls within Barclays PLC (GA)
  • Online engagement within the MS Society: an analysis of the impact for staff, volunteers, and stakeholders particularly post Covid-19 pandemic (GA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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