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MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation

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The Masters in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (MISDI) studies digital innovation in business and government across the world. 

The internet and mobile technologies are drastically changing the ways we create and share information, and open opportunities for new business models, new forms of governance, and new ways for public engagement. This MSc prepares students for key roles in the shaping of digital innovation and in the management of the business and social transformation that such innovation unleashes. 

MISDI is an intellectually rigorous, innovative, inter-disciplinary programme that integrates established knowledge on the development and management of information systems with the critical study of emerging domains of digital innovation, such as social networking, crowdsourcing and big data.

The programme involves research led, practice relevant teaching. Our learning approach places emphasis on theory and critical discussion of academic literature from across a range of scientific fields. We include social theories for understanding the processes of information systems and innovation and case studies for illustrating issues in particular instances of management and innovation practice.


"The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the current cyber-physical systems revolution is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance." - World Economic Forum, 2016

"Intelligent automation is already in the workplace, yet few leaders have the skills to understand or manage it strategically." - Financial Times, 2016

Intellectual skills:

  • Capabilities for technology-enabled innovation in business and government, and skills for digital entrepreneurs in the ever changing arenas of technology and organisations
  • Skills for utilising diverse analytical techniques and managerial practices
  • Critical analytical ability for understanding the social and economic context of technology innovation and for identifying and assessing options for action

Domain knowledge:

  • The programme integrates knowledge on the management of information systems and on processes of innovation enabled by digital technologies. Themes of study include:
    • Applications development
    • Outsourcing
    • Emerging domains of innovation exploiting the internet, including cloud computing and social networking
    • Addressing privacy concerns

How we deliver:

  • Our learning approach places emphasis on the critical discussion of academic literature and case studies
  • Multi-disciplinary core courses
  • Critical analysis of theories and frameworks for understanding the processes of digital innovation and case studies for illustrating issues in particular instances of management and innovation practice
  • Guidance on writing critical essays based on social theory
  • Guidance on research projects
  • Access to the School's vast graduate offerings with a broad range of optional elective courses available inside and outside the Department of Management
  • Teaching is closely linked to new research in the field

 

The programme is designed around three core courses and a research project which all students on the programme will complete, plus various optional courses by which students can customise their programme according to their own interests and career goals.  

In addition, students also have the choice to study one optional course from outside of the Information Systems offering, and benefit from a truly interdisciplinary learning experience with a range of courses available from world-leading academic departments across the LSE.

Programme structure:

MISDI programme structure

Compulsory courses

MISDI Bootcamp:

One of the compulsory elements of MISDI is the Bootcamp group project (within the MG481 compulsory course)   in which groups of 4-6 students engage in a simulation of a real-life technology management consultancy project over two intense weeks. Deloitte UK helped set up Bootcamp in 2006 and has contributed since. 

MISDI alumni working at technology consultancy firms help formulate the case for each project, and independently of the official LSE marking procedure, they choose a winning group from the top three student reports. 

This two-week boot camp serves the purpose of sharpening the students’ ability to engage in intense group work around a real-life case. Alumni frequently point to the Bootcamp project as a highly valuable preparation for their future careers. 

 

Optional courses (combination to the total value of 1.5 units)

All students must choose two courses listed below in the Lent Term, and take courses to a minimum of one (1.0) full unit. The remaining half (0.5) unit may be taken from the list below, or from the list of further options below from a range of academic departments across the LSE. 

  • MG483 eHealth: Policy, Strategy and Systems (0.5 unit)
  • MG484 Global Sourcing and Management of Business and IT Services (0.5 unit)
  • MG486 Social Computing, Data and Information Services (0.5 unit)
  • MG479 Information Systems for the Public Sector (0.5 unit)
  • MG4C3 Information Technology and Service Innovation (0.5 unit)
  • MG485 Management and Economics of E-Business (0.5 unit)
  • MG492 Data Governance: Privacy, Openness and Transparency (0.5 unit)
Further options

Accounting

  • AC490   Management Accounting, Decisions and Control (0.5 unit)

International Development

  • DV483   Information Technologies and Socio-Economic Development  (0.5 unit)

Finance

  • FM473   Finance I  (0.5 unit)

Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

  • MG4B7 Organisational Change  (0.5 unit)

Management

  • MG401 Operations Management  (0.5 unit)
  • MG402 Public Management: A Strategic Approach  (0.5 unit) (n/a 15/16)
  • MG418 Open Innovation (0.5 unit)
  • MG423 Leading Entrepreneurial Organisations in Global Markets  (0.5 unit)
  • MG460 Handling Disruption: Humanitarian Emergencies Management and Development (0.5 unit)
  • MG462 Qualitative Analysis in Management (0.5 unit)
  • MG482 Innovation and Technology Management  (0.5 unit)
  • MG4C1 Techniques of Operational Research  (0.5 unit)

Philosophy

  • PH425 Business and Organisational Ethics (0.5 unit)

Students may also take a graduate-level course which is not on this list, subject to approval from the Programme Director. Please refer to the full list of all graduate level courses.

Non-assessed course

The following non-assessed course is also compulsory for all MSc MISDI students:

Part-time programme structure

MISDI is a full-time 12 month programme, however, we can admit a limited number of part-time students to complete the programme over 2 years.

 

Part-time students are required to take taught courses in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms of their two years and the work load will be split equally across both years (three half units per year). Students are still required to choose two optional courses the list above and one optional course from the list or wider in the School. The dissertation will be completed in the Summer Term of the second year. Below is the structure for each year:

 

 

Term Structure

 

Term Structure

 

Michaelmas Term

Lent Term

Summer Term

Year 1

2x half unit core courses

1x half unit optional course

Year 2

1x half unit core courses

2x half unit optional courses

Full unit dissertation

 

The choice of which core and elective courses take each year will be made in consultation with the programme director.

 

Please note that we are not able to make special allowances for students in regards to their timetables. Students will be required to manage their time to make sure they can attend the scheduled lectures and seminars.  

Class profiles

The MSc Management Information systems and Digital Innovation programme attracts a diverse range of students each year, from a wide variety of employment backgrounds and international locations.

The programme is designed around the diversity of its students, bringing together a variety of real-world experience and international perspectives to form a close-knit academic community. 

International diversity

Our students come from a wide range of locations around the world, with students of 38 different nationalities on the programme in 2015/16.

Variety of experience and age

The programme is well suited to both early-career graduates and mid-career professionals with industry experience to share. Our students vary in age, and applications from different academic and professional backgrounds are welcomed.

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Student profiles

 

 

Alumni snapshots 

Kabir Sehgal, US

MSc Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems class of 2005-06

Current occupation: Author, Coined: The rich life of money and how its history has shaped us

 

Marta Stelmaszak, Poland

MSc Management of Information Systems and Innovation class of 2013-14

Current occupation: PhD student, LSE Department of Management

Teaching team

Tony Cornford

Dr Tony Cornford

Associate Professor in Information Systems

Teaching: MG483 Healthcare Information Systems

 
Susan Scott

Dr Susan Scott

Associate Professor (Reader) in Information Systems

Teaching: MG425 Global Business Management

 
Carsten Sørensen

Dr Carsten Sørensen

On Sabbatical in 2015/16

Associate Professor (Reader) in Information Systems and Innovation

 
Dr Will Venters

Dr Will Venters

Assistant Professor in Information Systems

Teaching: MG481 Innovating Organisational Information Technology

 
Ela Klecun

Dr Ela Klecun

Assistant Professor in Information Systems

Teaching: MG483 Healthcare Information Systems and MG496 Study Skills and Research Methods

 

 

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We have extensive contacts with London-based and international businesses and governmental organisations. There are numerous career opportunities for people with management and information technology skills. Graduates of this programme go on to work in a range of organisations and sectors. These sectors include IT services; banking, financial services and accounting; consultancy; Central and Local Government and research.

Graduate destinations

In these various sectors our graduates work in a range of roles, including business analysts, management and IT consultants, innovation managers, IT support, project management positions. Many graduates channel the knowledge on global digital infrastructures provided by the programme to launch their own business as information service providers.

Every year, LSE Careers conducts a destinations survey of LSE graduates 6 months after they have graduated. From the 2013-14 survey of Information Systems graduates:

  • 95% were in work/further study 6 months after graduation

Recent graduates of the programme have gained employment with a number of organisations, including:

MISDI Careers

LSE Careers Service

The LSE has a dedicated Careers Service which will work with you throughout your programme to help you fulfil your career goals:

  • One-to-one careers appointments with your programme’s dedicated Careers Consultant will provide you with individually tailored careers advice and support
  • Careers fairs, seminars and workshops   - you will have access to an extensive programme of careers fairs including Consultancy, Business and Management, Banking and Finance, NGOs and Public Sector employers, as well as employer led skills seminars and recruitment presentations throughout the year.
  • LSE Career Hub online job vacancy portaladvertising hundreds of vacancies each week, including full time graduate jobs, internships, volunteering opportunities and part time casual jobs.
  • Help with CVs/resumes and interviewswith one-to-one CV feedback sessions for advice on your own CV. When you have an interview coming up you can also book a half hour practice interview. A number of departmental careers workshops are available, covering topics including CVs and application forms, interviews, presentation skills and assessment centres.

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Entry requirements

  • 2:1 bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • No work experience is required
  • GRE/GMAT scores are not required, but a strong result from either of these tests will benefit applicants.
  • English language requirements

We admit students with diverse academic backgrounds. These include business studies and computer science graduates, but students are also welcome with other degrees where they are wishing to transfer their focus towards management, the internet and innovation.

Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available at LSE and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interests to apply as early as possible.

You may also find the answers to frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page useful.

How to apply

Submit an application to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office:

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Applications are open from 19 October 2015 for entry to the programme in Autumn 2016.

We operate rolling admissions so we don’t have a closing date, and places are currently available on this programme. However, we offer places on a first-come, first-served basis, so   we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Our admissions process is managed centrally, so please visit the LSE Graduate Admissions Office for queries about the application process and requirements.

Fees and financial support

The programme tuition fee is £24,936.

A range of financial support options are available for UK and international graduate students.

Claudio Ciborra Scholarship Fund

The Claudio Ciborra Scholarship Fund provides an award of up to £5,000 each year to one student on the MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation programme. Contact the LSE Financial Support Office for more information.

Frequently asked questions

  • What computing experience do I need?

There is no formal computing requirement, although we do expect students to have a basic familiarity with common desktop tools. The School computing environment is based around personal computers running Windows XP and using Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook). Specialist packages for systems development and research are taught on the course and we presume that you are comfortable with using the standard office packages.

  • Do I need to know any programming?

No. We do not expect people to come with programming knowledge. If you really want to learn to program, then we suggest you learn either a visual programming environment (for example Visual Basic) or explore some of the Web 2.0 programming environments (such as Ruby on Rails). All the packages in Microsoft Office have a Visual Basic interface, allowing you to do some programming within the structure of the application package. It is our experience that design skills are much more applicable than narrow programming skills.

  • Will I learn to programme?

The MSc MISDI does not have a formal taught course on programming, although students do have opportunities to develop their programming skills through the use of packaged software for various assignments. The Systems Development in Context option, for example, encourages students to develop their designs through a programming environment of their own choice and seminars will support this effort.

 

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