Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation

... for a critical perspective on technology and organisation

The principal aim of the Centre is to promote the critical study of the relationship between technology and organisation in the context of contemporary technological,  organisational, managerial and societal developments associated with the emergence of the so-called 'information society'. Our innovative research can be located at the intersection between management, information systems, science and technology studies, organisation studies and work place studies.

CSTO has a rich tradition of studying the relationship between technology and organisation. CSTO is home to over a dozen internationally recognized academics from departments from across Lancaster University.  It is one of the largest groups of its kind in the UK and Europe. What we have in common is a strong social science foundation. Members of the Centre draw upon a variety of “lenses” but are primarily informed by Philosophy, Sociology, Information Systems, Organisational Theory and Political Science. 

Our interest goes beyond that work restricted to the study of the social impact of technology, and instead places its emphasis on the social dimensions and processes through which technologies are designed, implemented and used in organisations.  More specifically we are interested in the processes through which they are constructed for managerial and organisational purposes. It is this critical edge to the approach of the Centre that makes it distinctive. Through this approach the Centre seeks to promote a deeper and more substantive perspective on technology and organisation. Our research is conducted in a diverse range of domains, including public sector, health care, non-governmental organisations, the environment, financial sector and engineering. Research is conducted in both the global north and the global south.

CSTO has ongoing collaborations with CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research and scholars in Lancaster's Sociology Department.

Members of the Centre teach on our undergraduate BSc Management and Information Technology degree and on our postgraduate MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change degree. We also have an MRes Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change degree and a doctoral programme.

If you are interested in knowing more about  CSTO, collaborating with the Centre, or joining our mailing list please email: csto@lancaster.ac.uk.