Country of origin: United Kingdom
Social Researcher, James Hutton Institute
I decided to enrol on the ITMOC programme for two main reasons. Firstly, I wanted to follow a course that had an IT component but was not overly technical, and secondly, I was attracted by the reputation of Lancaster University Management School.
My first degree was Philosophy but my subsequent career had taken me into IT and I had reached the point where a higher degree related to IT would enhance my chances of securing senior roles in areas of interest, namely ‘risk management’ and ‘business continuity planning’. I had taken some professional qualifications in this area (CISA) but a specialist recruitment adviser recommended a more academic credential to add to my CV. I had considered an MA in Risk Management but this was not available at Lancaster and I particularly wanted to come to the Management School at Lancaster.
I found the ITMOC modules stimulating and engaging from the outset. My earlier academic years, in the 1980s had not prepared me for group work which was challenging but ultimately rewarding. The lectures were extremely thought-provoking and took me back in philosophical directions that I had not expected but which I relished. Content that particularly stood out for me was Knowledge Management and Social Aspects of the Digital Age. I retained my original interest in risk and the course allowed me the flexibility to develop a dissertation that reflected this interest.
During my ITMOC year I gradually changed my outlook on my career, becoming increasingly enthusiastic about continuing my studies to PhD level. I gained a distinction in ITMOC and successfully applied for a funded PhD in Management Science at Lancaster. The ITMOC staff encouraged and supported this development at every step. I graduated with my PhD in 2010 and am now a social researcher in risk at the James Hutton Institute.
I would not hesitate to recommend this programme to anyone who has a critical interest in technology combined with a broader interest in the social sciences.