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The First Social Study of ICT

On March 19 and 20, 2001, the Department held the first SSIT Workshop to review the state of research and debate in the field of information systems from a social sciences perspective. The workshop called upon the contributions of leading international researchers, both from outside and inside the LSE. They were asked to present their understanding of how the social sciences can contribute to the study of the development and use of information technology in contemporary society. We have invited three of the most imaginative scholars from Scandinavia and the United States: Professor Richard Boland of Case Western Reserve University, USA, Professor Bo Dahlbom of Göteborg University, Sweden and Professor Ole Hanseth of Oslo University, Norway presented new contributions and spoke about their perceptions of the future direction of the field.

There were also presentations from some of the LSE staff active in this area including : Professors Ian Angell, Claudio Ciborra and Bob Galliers and Drs Chrisanthi Avgerou and Carsten Sørensen.

Richard Boland

The Everyday Experience of Virtual Worlds

Richard J. Boland Jr.

Video [117MB] | Abstract


Claudio Ciborra

In the Mood for Knowledge

Claudio Ciborra

Video [51MB] | Paper


Bo Dahlbom

Towards a Theory of Network Society - from Sociology to New Informatics

Bo Dahlbom

Video [156MB] | Abstract


Carsten Sørensen

Interaction Overload from Diffusion to Diversion - presentation

Carsten Sørensen

Video [110MB] | Abstract


Chrisanthi Avgerou

ICT and Uneven Globalisation - presentation

Chrisanthi Avgerou

Video 1 [53MB] | Video 2 [34MB] | Abstract


Bob Galliers

IS Research at the LSE 

Claudio Ciborra, Bob Galliers, and Susan Scott

Video [62MB]


Ole Hanseth

Knowledge and Infrastructure in Global Organisations

Ole Hanseth

Video [59MB]


The aim of the Workshop was to take stock of the accomplishments so far and to lay out new research directions of interest to scholars of different disciplines: media and communication studies, international relations, sociology, philosophy, economics, government, and many others.

The Information Systems and Innovation Group is a centre of expertise on information technology (IT) innovation and concomitant organisational and social change. For more information on the group please click here|.


     Hong Kong Theatre 

Filming of a public lecture