Dr. Lynne Siemens

Dr. Lynne Siemens
Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor

PhD (Hertfordshire, UK), MBA, MPM, BA

Office: HSD A324

Professional Information & Research Interests

Professional Information

Lynne Siemens' thesis focuses on entrepreneurship and small business issues on Vancouver Island. Specifically, she is examining how the island’s rural and remote enterprises overcome the challenges they face by virtue of their location outside urban areas.

In addition to this research, she has also worked with several teams within the Digital Humanities community. Several years ago, she worked with a Canadian-wide academic team to examine the credibility of electronic publishing and later extended this work to the examination of software research tools needed by humanities computing scholars in Canada. Lynne has built on this work further by developing a research project with UVic, UofT, and University College London that explores research teams within the digital humanities environments from an organizational behaviour perspective.

In her research and teaching, Lynne has applied her experience in economic development with the Federal Government. Her work there included evaluating business plans and granting funds, marketing websites, researching policy issues, and acting as a liaison between government and business/industry interests with the aim of creating an environment supportive for small business development.

Expertise & Interests

  • Entrepreneurship and small business
  • Rural economic development
  • Social economy and cooperative enterprises
  • Academic entrepreneurship
  • Government and business relations
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Academic team development
  • Distributed-learning pedagogy

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Siemens, L. (2012). "Embedding Small Business and Entrepreneurship Training Within the Rural Context". The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 13.3. 163-176
  • Siemens, L. (2012). "The Impact of a Community-University Collaboration: Opening the "black box"". Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research/Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l'economie sociale. 3.1. 5-25. http://www.anserj.ca/index.php/cjnser/article/view/94.
  • Siemens, L. and the INKE Research Group (2012). "Understanding Long Term Collaboration: Reflections on Year 1 and Before." Scholarly and Research Communications. 3.1. pp.4. Revised Reprint. http://journals.sfu.ca/src/index.php/src/article/viewFile/48/67

Books, Chapters, Monographs

  • Siemens, R.G., Dobson, T., Ruecker, S., Cunningham, R., Galey, A., Siemens, L. & Warwick, C. (2012). "Human-Computer Interface/Interaction and the Book: A Consultation-Derived Perspective on Foundational E-Book Research" In Collaborative Research in the Digital Humanities, Marilyn Deegan and Willard McCarty, Eds. Ashgate.
  • Siemens, L., (2010). "Time, Place and Cyberspace: Foundations for Successful E-Research Collaboration". In E-Research Collaboration: Theory, Techniques and Challenges, Murugan Anandarajan and Asokan Anandarajan, Eds. Springer-Verlag. 35-48


  • Siemens, L. and the INKE Research Group (2012). "Responding to Change and Transition in INKE's Year 3". Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age. pp. 18.
  • Siemens, L., Tedds, L. & checkley, T. (2010). "Exploring a Potential Policy Framework to Support Succession Planning in Small and Family Businesses". Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. pp. 24.

Paper, Lectures, Addresses

  • Siemens, L. (2012). "With the time-zone differences and the busy schedules, setting up a cross-atlantic conference call takes some time": Benefits, challenges, and strategies to suport international research teams". Japanese Association for Digital Humanities. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Siemens, L. and Siemens, R.G. (2012). "Notes form the Collaboratory: An Informal Study of an Academic DH Lab in Transition." Digital Humanities. Hamburg, Germany.
  • Siemens, L. and Burr, E. (2012). ""When you enter an international team for the first time, the best thing to do is to be friendly": Strategies to Support Opportunities and Challenges Associated with International DH Collaborations". SDH/SEMI. Waterloo, Ontario

Grants & Awards

  • Crowdsourcing Labour in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria Internal Research Grant, $4888, awarded (2012)
  • University of Victoria Internal Research Grant: Challenges, Opportunities and Resources for Small Business Success on Rural Vancouver Island, $4000, awarded (2011).
  • Learning and Teaching Development Grant: Impact of Instructors' Understanding of Privacy and Confidentiality within an Online Classroom, $2327, co-investigator with Dr. Catherine Althaus, (2011).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council International Opportunities Fund, $52,244, principal investigator, awarded (2010).

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “'Firing on all cylinders': Progress and Transition in INKE’s Year 2.” Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age, Japan, 2011. 
  • “Building DH Collaborations”. Invited Talk, University of Tokyo, 2011. 
  • “Towards Understanding Interdisciplinary, Internationally-distributed Teams in Academic and Open Access Environments,” with Yewchuk, T. and Burr, E. Public Knowledge Project Conference, 2011. 

Courses Taught

  • ADMN 311: Introduction to Public Administration
  • ADMN 420: The Public Policy Process
  • ADMN 504: Public Sector Governance
  • ADMN 556: The Public Policy Process
  • CD 506: Enterprise Developments
  • CD 516: Government, Business and Non-profit Sector Relations
  • CD 517: Transformational Change
  • COM 220: Organizational Behaviour
  • COM 321: Organizational Behaviour and Design
  • COM 440: Business and Government Relations
  • ENT 402: Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Professional Appointments and Memberships

  • The Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
  • The Canadian CED Network
  • Society for Digital Humanities/Societe pour l'etude des medias interactifs
  • Western Academy of Management

Faces of UVic Research: Lynne Siemens

In this video, Lynne discusses her research on rural community economic development and the challenges small businesses in those areas face.