Stefany, class of 2012-13
The youth employment crisis we were going to graduate into in 2012 probed us to think hard about what factors grow the economy. Studying economic theories past and present, I became convinced that the economy’s driver is innovation. It will come as no surprise, then, that I grew curious about the potential for technology to add value to people’s lives. A world of tech startups was also flourishing at the time, and with it my fascination for digital innovation and systems thinking.
The MISDI was the answer to my cohort’s next question: what role will we play in the economy’s recovery?
MISDI graduates have the skills to play an important role in defining the impact technology has on individuals, communities, and businesses (and economies?). The MISDI program and its offerings have trained us to bridge the gap between business thinking and systems thinking. What’s more, your advisors and the LSE guidance infrastructure will provide you with all the best resources in your search for a career. Today, I work for a consultancy that helps companies leverage the power of the internet to improve the experience they deliver to their customers.
The moments you’ll value the most during your studies at the LSE are those spent with peers and lecturers. Everyone in the auditorium - without exception - has a contribution to make to every conversation. If you’re intrigued about the relationship between IT and business and are hard-working (which you most likely are if you’re reading this), then the Hong Kong theatre awaits. And in it you will discover the significance of ‘Lol Catz’ and a tactfully-ugly shirt vendor.
Alexander, class of 2012-13
After having worked for one year as an IT consultant, I have started looking for a graduate program from which I could truly benefit. My high demands in international reputation and outstanding teaching standards soon brought me to LSE. After some research on the website it was clear to me that the MISDI Master program would best complement my personal background and therefore widen my expertise.
While other universities merely pay attention to the technology part of IT – as a solid matter and how to use it – the LSE MISDI program offers students a brought
understanding in social aspects of IT and how these social components have an impact on the management of IT business. I quickly realised that many academic papers have their origin from LSE and the research is recognised worldwide by many academics and professionals. Moreover, the consultancy boot camp in the MG481 (IS471) course of the MISDI program gave me valuable practical experience in how to achieve primary and secondary goals within a diverse group of students from all over the world. It is fair to say that MISDI has equipped me with the independent critical thinking which I think is relevant for all challenging questions that arise with the management and usage of IT.
I am today working as a research assistant in the “High Performance and Web Computing” group, Computer Science Department, at the University of Basel. I believe that the LSE Master’s in MISDI was a big plus in my application for this position; if not the key advantage among competitors. My goal is to pursue further studies and then to enter the private sector to which I can contribute my know-how.
Simon, class of 2012-13
Simon has a diverse education and work experience, completing two honours degrees in Law and Zoology before working for over six years in the Victorian Public Service advising Government on public transport and infrastructure strategy.
I chose LSE because of its worldwide reputation and standing, with many respected colleagues in the Victorian public service having degrees from LSE. I expected the MISDI degree to be technical in nature, but came away with much more. I originally thought that technology was this inherently great thing that is out there waiting to be adopted
by people and organisations. What the MISDI degree taught me was how much more complex the process of technological innovation is, and how dependent technology is on human actors translating potential into reality. The course’s empirical social science-based approach explained a lot of what I’d encountered as a young professional - not just around technology but organisations and society as a whole.
The MISDI staff were the highlight of the course. It really was a privilege to sit down with world renown experts and just absorb their expertise. The emphasis on fostering critical judgement in students meant there were just so many instances when I felt my boundaries being challenged, perspectives being broadened and knowledge being extended through robust discussion and debate. The passion and dedication of the MISDI staff was evident from start to finish - from lecturers staying back late to teach tricky concepts, to generous office hours appointments to give feedback on essays and dissertations - everyone just seemed so willing to collaborate and impart their knowledge and wisdom.
I also took full advantage of the other benefits of being a student in London. I really enjoyed going along to LSE public lectures on topics ranging from religious fundamentalism to big data. The overriding feeling having lived in London for the past year is that you’re really at the centre of world debate on truly global issues, continually being exposed to views and ideas you wouldn’t experience back home.
I travelled widely through Europe (including to Greece and Italy with fellow MISDI students), and recently returned to Australia where I am seeking employment as a management consultant/strategy manager in the transport industry.
Camilla, class of 2012-13
I chose the MISDI programme for its unique, and truly interdisciplinary, practical and theoretical curriculum. The course considers the role of technology in context, illustrated meaningfully through real-world case study analysis in the classroom setting. It also sparks curiosity, discussion and debate around the futuristic possibilities of technology. Importantly, MISDI teachers encourage a critical appraisal and inquiry into the core value of technology, moving far beyond shallow hype and naive ideals of 'silver bullet' solutions.
The MISDI programme demands a mix of analytical,
technical and creative skills in students – a powerful and necessary combination in the contemporary business world. I particularly enjoyed the practical units (Bootcamp and Information Technology and Service Innovation) as they require an entrepreneurial, ‘hands on’ approach and collaborative group work, which offered an interesting change of pace. These units provided me with valuable lessons in team leadership, whilst also dimensionalising my understanding of system design and IS project management.
LSE is an incredibly inspiring place. Beyond the prestige of its brand, it offers an energetic, intimate setting and attracts a highly diverse mix of students. The mix of cultures and disciplines in our cohort gave insight into how different perspectives may influence IS requirements, design and adoption.
The MISDI programme has been an unforgettable and empowering journey. I feel so fortunate not only for what I have learned, but for my wonderful network of friends (and business contacts) far across the globe.