Interpretations of information, technology and organisations

This module aims to give you a critical understanding of the interrelationships between information, technology, and organisations. 

Its objectives are twofold: first, to develop your awareness of both the historical roots of modern organisations and contemporary issues surrounding technology in the knowledge economy; and second, to enable you to critically assess ongoing developments in information, technology and organisation. It will consider theories of technology, organisation, and information and seek to convey their mutually constitutive role in organisational life.

The module will present, explain and illustrate the key concepts that are relevant to mainstream and critical analysis of the role of technology in contemporary organisation - such as technological determinism, the social shaping of technology and actor-network theory. Particular attention will also be paid to issues of information and decision making, work, management control, surveillance and power, conflict and resistance.

Topics covered will include:

  • Information as facts, meanings, relations
  • Organisation, work and technology: historical overview
  • Information technology, managment, control and work
  • Conceptualising technology
  • Information, organisation and decisions
  • Information systems failures
  • Overview and future developments

The module is delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars focused around specific readings.

Assessment

Coursework essay

Module leaders 

Professor Theo Vurdubakis and Professor Brian Bloomfield