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Information Systems and Innovation track

The ISI PhD programme track provides the knowledge resources and skills required to conduct research of the highest quality within the broader area of information systems, digital innovation and organizational change. 

This track is based in the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group within the Department of Management.  The faculty group offers a unique environment for research on the social study of ICTs, providing both high-quality research training and a stimulating forum for the exchange of ideas. The MPhil/PhD programme has been an integral part of the Information Systems & Innovation Faculty Group over the past three decades and many former PhD students have found themselves holding positions in leading public and private sector institutions in the UK, North America, Europe and in their home countries.

The research conducted within the faculty group is predominantly of qualitative nature. Qualitative research aims to provide rich and intensive accounts of particular contexts of socio-economic life (such as organisations, local governments, field practices) in which technologies are introduced as agents of administrative, managerial or social change. 

Quantitative skills are also welcomed and will be useful for this programme. The general expectation is that quantitative research should serve the overarching goals of qualitative research traditions, and thus be mobilised as one type of empirical evidence, rather than as an end in itself. 

The overall understanding is that social outcomes emerge out of the context interaction of cultural, technological and economic factors that differ considerably across contexts and situations. Accordingly, the ideal PhD candidate is expected to be reasonably familiar with social theories in addition to knowledge in the area of information systems, digital innovation and management. 

Track structure

Year one

Training: Compulsory examined courses

Transferable skills: Compulsory non-examined courses

Optional non-examined courses

  • PhD Seminar Series
  • Faculty Research Seminars
Year two

Transferable skills: Compulsory non-examined courses

Optional non-examined courses

  • PhD Seminar Series
  • Faculty Research Seminars
Year Three

Transferable skills: Compulsory non-examined courses

Optional non-examined courses

  • PhD Seminar Series
  • Faculty Research Seminars
Year Four

Transferable skills: Compulsory non-examined courses

Optional non-examined courses

  • PhD Seminar Series
  • Faculty Research Seminars
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