Ante Plazibat

Country of origin: Germany

PhD at the Institute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen

Taking the MSc Information, Technology, Management and Organisational Change programme at Lancaster University was one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. I did not only develop academically but also made friends with people from all over the world, which shaped me into the person that I am today.

Before coming to Lancaster, I graduated from a German university with a science degree specialising in business information systems. I gained a detailed understanding of how technology works. However, during my internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, I realised that having deep IT knowledge was not enough. Today’s managers and consultants are increasingly dealing with digitalisation efforts in organisations. Therefore, it was crucial to know the potentials of IT, as well as how to manage the transformational effort that follows. The MSc ITMOC programme was one of the few programmes to cover all of these aspects.

The structure of the programme is very different from Germany. While most of the German universities are too crowded and rely on exams in order to assess the students learning process, the MSc ITMOC programme used a combination of essays, exams and presentations. It was the essays in particular that provided me with the academic toolset I need as a PhD student. We also had several guest lectures and workshops from professionals and alumni, which prepared us well for the time after graduation.

The sentiment among students and the MSc ITMOC staff is unique. From day one we had several events such as dinners and class trips. The MSc ITMOC staff made sure that the students felt welcome and were able to get to know the staff and peers in a non-academic and fun atmosphere. Besides the numerous academic benefits that the ITMOC programme had to offer, I would like to point out the amazing social life on campus. The variety of sports clubs, bars and societies at Lancaster University offer the perfect compensation besides the classroom. I was actively involved in the handball team as well as the TEDx society.

Today, I am a PhD student at the Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen. As a research assistant at their Competence Centre, “Sourcing in the Financial Industry”, I am analysing disruptive information technologies in the financial industry.

I warmly recommend the MSc ITMOC programme to anybody who is aiming for a career in management or consulting. The programme also provides excellent preparation opportunities for students who are considering doing a PhD.