After taking a Masters degree in management, he trained as an accountant and was Young Accountant of the Year in 1976. Following six years as a Director of Finance and IT, he moved to the Business School in 1988. His research is into the strategic exploitation of information systems, knowledge management and management learning. He has managed a number of large applied research projects including a major research project for the Institute of Directors, examining the IT needs of executives and as research director of the European Union's 1.6m euro study PRISM (Measurement and Reporting of Intangibles). Professor Holtham has been one of the leading architects of the "electronic boardroom", involving the use of information technology by executives in meetings. He has been an adviser to the European Parliament on e-learning, and was named as one of the UK's top 3 "e-tutors of the year" by the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2001. As part of the conceptualisation of the new building for the business school, he extensively researched the nature of space for knowledge work. He was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Cass Business School Learning Laboratory in 2002. In 2003 he was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship as one of the 20 leading university teachers in the UK. He was co-founder and a board member of the innovative informal learning network knowhownonprofit.org. He is author of a large number of publications, and lectures, broadcasts and consults in the UK and internationally. He was a founding member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the City of London's 100th livery company.