Managing Knowledge, Data and Information Systems

This module considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the introduction and use of information systems. To consider how information systems have been implicated in these transformations, this course will focus on five themes:

All these themes have been important to the study of information systems in the 1990’s and 2000’s. One or more cases and or readings for each theme will be presented and discussed in detail, so as to first familiarise yourselves with these developments, and second to explore the challenges that the introduction of information systems may pose, and finally to consider the scope for management action. You are required to produce a group presentation and sit an exam in the summer. The aim of this is to develop techniques, methods of analysis and research expertise that can be applied to a variety of real world settings. Developing techniques of this sort is advocated by many leading industrialists, and bodies such as the ICAEW (1990) who stated that:

“ studies require a number of skills and abilities to be developed. The student is required to read and comprehend the information, identify the problem, analyse the whole situation and diagnose solutions, and finally present his or her own ideas and recommendations in a form usable by others... Particular emphasis is placed upon analytical skills, commercial awareness and communication skills, including presentation skills.”